A unique ‘urban curtain’ installation will capture CO2 emissions at the European Climate Innovation Summit in Dublin

It’s one thing to discuss climate change, its impacts and what we must do to tackle the evolving threat to our planet – it’s another to physically demonstrate this. At the European Climate Innovation Summit to be held at Dublin Castle, from November 6th to 8th, organisers will look to achieve both.

The Summit, organised by EIT Climate-KIC (Europe’s largest public-private innovation partnership focused on climate innovation to mitigate and adapt to climate change), in partnership with Sustainable Nation Ireland, the Department of Finance, and other stakeholders, will focus on how the world’s financial industry is mobilising to make progress on climate change.

Over 500 attendees will include business leaders, sectoral professionals, policymakers, entrepreneurs and the foremost thinkers to share expertise and best practice, through talks, masterclasses, workshops and networking to accelerate answers on climate action.

And London-based ecoLogicStudio will be unveiling a unique collaboration with the EIT Climate-KIC – a largescale installation named Photo.Synth.Etica, to show the devastating impact of unchecked C02 emissions on our planet.

The ‘urban curtain’ is made of 16 modules which will wrap around a large portion of the Printworks building at Dublin Castle, spanning its first and second floors. Each module functions as a ‘photobioreactor’, a digitally designed and custom-made bioplastic container of living microalgae cultures. ecoLogicStudio sourced the cultures from Dr. Fiona Moejes, from the Bantry Marine Research Station in Cork.

As C02 is captured, the algae reacts and changes colour.

“CO2 molecules and pollutants from the air are captured and stored within the algal body thus contributing to their growing biomass; this can be harvested and used in the production of more bioplastic raw material. Freshly photosynthesized oxygen is released at the top of each module and into the urban microclimate,” explains Marco Poletto, the lead creator of the installation.

He added: “The Photo.Synth.Etica project represents the material equivalence of every ton of CO2 traded by the world’s 16 biggest economies. Every euro on the carbon market is embodied here into a real molecular transaction on the Printworks’ building’s facade.”

Gina Lovett, acting director of communications, EIT Climate-KIC, which commissioned Photo.Synth.Etica said:  “Our rationale was to create a piece that would probe future possibilities and inspire a new narrative around bio-architecture and carbon markets. It’s the art of experimenting and practice of deep learning that we believe holds the key to the systemic transformation needed to address climate change.”

Speakers at the summit will include:

  • Minister of Finance Paschal Donohoe
  • Maroš Šefčovič, Vice-President Energy Union, European Commission
  • Dennis Pamlin, entrepreneur and founder of 21st Century Frontiers
  • Cameron Hepburn, Professor of Environmental Economics at the University of Oxford
  • John Quinlan, CEO Aviva Ireland
  • Andrew McDowell, Vice-President, European Investment Bank
  • Kirsten Dunlop, CEO, EIT Climate-KIC.

*To register for visit www.climateinnovationsummit.org

Among the keynote highlights is Mariana Mazzucato (PhD) — Professor in the Economics of Innovation and Public Value at University College London (UCL).

Winner of the 2018 Leontief Prize for Advancing the Frontiers of Economic Thought and named as one of the ‘3 most important thinkers about innovation’ by the New Republic, her highly-acclaimed book The Entrepreneurial State: debunking public vs. private sector myths was named as a Financial Times 2013 book of the year.

Professor Mariana Mazzucato believes ambitious low-carbon innovation should be the blueprint for any modern society. She says: “There’s a real opportunity to use the Climate Innovation Summit in Dublin in November to consider: what are the new types of relationships between the public and the private sector? The energy problem isn’t just about promoting renewables but also about how we think about cities, housing and well-being, and the transformation of old industries.”

Kirsten Dunlop, CEO of EIT Climate-KIC, says the financial system needs to be reshaped to trigger the demand-side as well as supply-side financing needed to address climate change. She says: “Our financial system is nowhere near where it needs to be to get us on a 1.5°C pathway. At the Climate Innovation Summit in Dublin we will be challenging ourselves to imagine how might we open the door to the more ambitious trajectory that we need – a new era in which a rewired global financial system is the driving mechanism for climate innovation.”

 *To register for this not-to-be-missed summit visit www.climateinnovationsummit.org

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