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COP27 Global Innovation Hub Session 3: Assessing Avoided emissions and 1.5C Global Sustainability compatibility from shelter solutions

November 14, 2022
Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt
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Mission Innovation’s NCI and the UNFCCC co-hosted the session on how climate solutions are essential in providing shelter as a human need, with examples of technology, digitalization, green spaces, and durable apparel based on sustainable materials, all of which fundamentally address shelter for human needs. Consumption-based accounting and the need for completely new data which allows stakeholders to move beyond compliance and look at the opportunities, was discussed.


Carlos Ruiz-Garvia, Project Manager, UNFCCC Global Innovation Hub; Dennis Pamlin, Executive Director, Mission Innovation's Net-Zero Compatibility Initiative and Senior Advisor, RISE Research Institutes of Sweden; Catherine Atkin, Chair, CodeX Climate Data Policy Initiative, The Stanford Center for Legal Informatics; Erik Schultes, Lead FAIR Implementation, GO FAIR Foundation; Erik Swan, Director, Digital Business Exploration, Husqvarna; Gustav Hedström, Houdini Sportswear, Business Developer

The panel exemplified how shelter can be provided in a sustainable and profitable way showing that enabling all humans to have access to core human needs is not only possible, it also is logical from a long-term investment perspective, as these innovations are likely to become more and more relevant and competitive over time. Carlos Ruiz-Garvia, UGIH provided a great introduction to the session.

Erik Schultes, GO FAIR provided insights into the science of Phase Transitions and the implications for transformative system change in the area of climate solutions. This area is ignored/unknown for almost all working in the area of climate change, and that should not be the case.

Erik Swan provided the first business case from Husqvarna Group on how green spaces should be a part of the equation and that AI solutions can help provide guidance. The way we relate to nature and access to green spaces have so many different implications, from smarter heat regulation and improved welfare to a new way to think about living in cities where the boundaries between home and outside are no longer a given.

Gustav Hedström presented concrete cases from Houdini Sportswear and some of the many impacts they can have on the future of cities and our relation to nature. From regulating temperature with different garments instead of external energy, via campaigns for leaner consumption that encourage people to try to use only 10 garments over the summer, all the way to challenging the way we see nature and support a flourishing Half-Earth Future.  

Catherine Atkin, The Stanford Center for Legal Informatics linked the current work with carbon accounting, including consumption-based accounting, to the need for totally new data and the opportunity to move beyond a compliance approach for climate data.