THE FUNDAMENTAL WORLDWIDE SHIFT TOWARDS SMART AND GREEN ECONOMIES IS HAVING A MASSIVE IMPACT ON SOCIETY.
It requires courage and joined-up thinking to bring together industry, innovation, capital and science, and to make it easier for governments to accelerate the transition towards a sustainable economy. It involves using technology in a proactive way: not spending billions on stopgap solutions, but turning climate change into climate chances. That’s what we do. We’re Smart Climate Opportunities, a conglomerate of academies, scientists, visionaries and game-changing companies, driven to establish the Netherlands as the authority on technology that outsmarts climate change.
SMART CLIMATE OPPORTUNITIES ACCELERATES THE TRANSITION TOWARDS A SUSTAINABLE ECONOMY BY CONNECTING INDUSTRY, INNOVATION, CAPITAL AND SCIENCE IN THE AREAS OF ENERGY, MOBILITY, FOOD, WATER, PRODUCTS AND MATERIALS.
We help innovators find the capital to fund their ideas from seed to scaling up, and help big companies to roll out sustainable ideas. Together, these idea/concepts have a huge impact in terms of quality of life, national wealth, employment, and the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions. ENABLING SMART TECHNOLOGY TO GROW: We accelerate the realization of global sustainable development goals by enabling smart technology to grow, bridging the ‘valley of death’ that has stopped many innovations from reaching critical mass.
THE FUTURE OF OUR ECONOMY IS SMART, SUSTAINABLE, AND INCLUSIVE. THERE’S NO ALTERNATIVE, AND NO EXCUSE. IT’S TIME TO ACT.
The future of our species depends on the pace at which the world’s economies make the transition to smart and sustainable practices, specifically in the areas of energy, mobility, food, water, products and materials. This is inevitable despite our current pace, but provides ample opportunities if we accelerate now. There’s no excuse not to. With 195 nations supporting the climate change goals set in Paris in 2016, communities worldwide have launched cooperative projects. Almost every industry is developing smart, sustainable technology that’s ready to scale up, offering the prospect of abundance and wellbeing for the evergrowing number of people on our planet.
TO ENSURE PEOPLE ARE READY FOR THE UPCOMING TRANSITION, WE HAVE CREATED A SMART-UP TRACK. WE ALSO OFFER AN OVERVIEW OF THE BEST EDUCATION ON CLIMATE CHANGE AND SMART TECHNOLOGIES PROVIDED BY QUALIFIED DUTCH EDUCATION INSTITUTES. FINALLY, WE ORGANISE SMART & GREEN INSPIRATIONAL EVENTS.
The smart-up track is a 5-day program regarding the following subjects:Day 1: March 8 - Eindhoven
Insight in study programs: we offer an overview of existing educational opportunities related to climate change and smart technologies. If needed, we can also help partners choose the best options.
With these insights we enable you, with or without our support, to compile a combination of courses and studies from different Dutch universities into your own specialised education program.For whom: Partners Where: Dutch universities and online Costs: Depends on chosen educational program
To get inspired and stay up to date on the main developments in the field of climate change and smart technologies we organize various SMART & GREEN events throughout the year.For whom: Employees from partner organisations Where: Inspiring locations throughout the Netherlands Costs: For a specified number of participants costs are included in the SCO partner fee
We are currently working on the following initiatives:
Below you find an overview of all initiatives SCO has been involved in since its foundation:
BETWEEN NOW AND THE END OF 2018, IT IS IMPORTANT TO INITIATE AND SUPERVISE ENTREPRENEURIAL INITIATIVES THAT DIFFER IN SIZE, FINANCING NEEDS AND STAGES OF DEVELOPMENT. IF WE SUCCEED IN OUR MISSION, THESE INITIATIVES WILL FORM THE FOUNDATION FOR A NEW EDUCATIONAL CURRICULUM AND SERVE AS INSPIRATION FOR SUCCESSFUL BUSINESS IDEAS.
We have selected 5 promising focus areas for starting new initiatives:
Solar and wind energy will play an important role in the transition to sustainable energy. New technology must be combined with mass upscaling of these energy sources.
Through cooperation with partners, our goal is to build several profitable solar and wind parks by late 2018, within and outside the Netherlands. These may be realized individually or combined with green hydrogen applications.
Green hydrogen is making the energy transition possible for the chemicals, transport and electricity sectors. The Netherlands is uniquely positioned to contribute to the development of a green hydrogen economy. This is achieved through large-scale green electricity production via offshore wind, a wideranging framework of know-how, largescale chemical clusters, the import of green electricity and a gas transport infrastructure that can inexpensively be adapted for green hydrogen. A high-level road map has already been developed by the business community and academic and government institutions. This must now be further developed into a more specific master plan. Several demonstration projects are expected to be completed by late 2018, showing that further expansion offers huge opportunities in terms of impact and profitability.
One of the most visible projects that SCO will oversee in the next few years is making social housing projects in the Netherlands energy neutral, by combining new technology with various forms of financing to create a strong business case. We aim to achieve this goal no later than 2025, and make new and existing social housing not only energy neutral, but energy producing. The expectation is that the first 100,000 homes will be built by the end of 2018.
We need to look at health and nutrition in a different way. Until recently, medical science was primarily focused on curing diseases and treating symptoms, even though there are so many more gains to be made in prevention. The Netherlands has been a trendsetter in this regard since 1600. With our experience, strong and determined entrepreneurs, logistics channels and knowledge from universities, we are capable of creating an enormous new economy. Large medical centers, plant nurseries, food producers, insurance companies, educational institutions and other stakeholders are joining forces to start projects that will make the Netherlands the world’s healthiest delta by 2025.
In a few years’ time, there may no longer be enough energy to power and process the rising volume of data traffic. The Netherlands has the solution: photonics, computer chips that work not with electrical power, but with light. They are a million times faster and up to 100,000 times more energy efficient, and are therefore incredibly promising in commercial terms, with a predicted potential global market worth $3 trillion by 2030. Photonics are on the rise worldwide, and are considered a key enabling technology in Europe. One subdivision of this market, integrated photonics, is predicted to be worth €50 billion by 2020. It capitalizes on the unique properties of light using photonic integrated circuits that are built into devices, analogous to microelectronic semiconductor integrated circuits. Thanks to the work being done at Eindhoven Technical University and companies based in the surrounding “Brainport” region, the Netherlands has secured a trendsetting position in this area. Some 150 Dutch companies are active in this field, and the number is growing. There is now a high degree of momentum in the area known as the Photon Delta, and the Netherlands will have to maintain its position, given the substantial catch-up investment efforts being made in this field in the United States, Japan, and China.
Below you will find our event calender
Date: 19 January 2018
Location: Den Haag
Time: 12:00 - 15:30
Event type: Open event
Date: 26 January 2018
Location: Brightlands Smart Services Campus - Heerlen
Time: 9:00 - 14:00
Event type: Techruption event
Date: March 8
Time: 9:00 - 17:30
Event type: Open eventSign Up Now!
Date: 02 March 2018
Location: Brightlands Smart Services Campus - Heerlen
Time: To be determined
Event type: Techruption event
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