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COP27 Global Innovation Hub Session 8: Assessing Avoided emissions and 1.5C Global Sustainability compatibility from nutrition/health solutions

November 12, 2022
Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt
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Mission Innovation’s NCI and the UNFCCC co-hosted the session on climate innovation focused on health and nutrition to deliver core human needs to 11 billion people, with a panel that represented governments of leading countries, start-ups, investors, and food retailers. The event saw discussion on investing and scaling for health and nutrition on all levels of society to promote both sustainability and profitability.


H.E. Luis Alberto Villegas, Vice Minister, Ministry of Agriculture, Government of Colombia; Dennis Pamlin, Executive Director, Mission Innovation's Net-Zero Compatibility Initiative and Senior Advisor, RISE Research Institutes of Sweden; Leslie Kapin, Director of Impact and Sustainability, Astanor Ventures; Ramkumar Nair, CEO & founder, Mycorena; Mattis Bergquist, Chief Sustainability, Coop; Pourya Salehi, Head of Urban Research Team, ICLEI - Local Governments for Sustainability

The keynote from Luis Alberto Villegas Prado, Vice Minister of Agriculture in Colombia, with a focus on human life and the need for the global south to move up the value chain was powerful. He stated a willingness from Colombia to lead in the area of a human-needs/life driven climate innovation agenda.

Leslie Kapin of Astanor Ventures provided an overview of how a leading investor approaches the global need for nutrition and health in a way that delivers both sustainability and profit. She highlighted both the need for patient investment in order to avoid a “carbon tunnelling vision”.

Pourya Salehi explained how cities with an expanded climate innovation agenda could become both markets for and providers of climate solutions. Using a filter with human needs and solutions that support a future where 11 billion can live flourishing lives it allows for a new kind of driver for innovation and partnerships.

There are already start-ups, innovators, and investors ready to scale up sustainable health and nutrition solutions, such as alternative protein on a global market with sufficient support and investment. Ramkumar Nair provided a great overview of a company, Mycorena, that is ready to scale in order to provide the world with sustainable protein. Not only does the fungi-based protein deliver significant CO₂e reductions compared with other sources of protein, but also in terms of land use it can provide significant contributions to biodiversity. They are one of a growing group of start-ups ready for exponential uptake of sustainable solution in the area of nutrition and health.