Rhein-Main green techs: business can save the climate. And still be a business.

Two days ago, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change released a special report on Global Warming, where more than 91 authors from 40 countries conveyed on the impacts of global warming and how important is to strengthen the response to the threats of climate change. And startups are also playing a relevant role within this challenge.

Sustainable development, implementation of new processes, and providing new solutions to preserve ecosystems around the world are just some of the ways in which startups are revolutionizing the Green Tech industry and – in the same way – helping to achieve the ambitious objectives of the Paris Agreement.  Additionally, according to the Environmental Technology Atlas for Germany “environmental technology and resource efficiency reached a global market volume of EUR 3,214 billion in 2016, with energy efficiency standing out as by far the biggest lead market in this cross-sector industry. Growing global demand for green products, processes and services is continuing to drive expansion in the world’s green tech market volume. Environmental technology and resource efficiency will grow by an average of 6.9 percent per year in the period from 2016 through 2025. The global volume for green tech will thus reach EUR 5,902 billion in 2025.”

Since the Rhein – Main region is not all about financial services, Banks and Artificial Intelligence,  the region also supports – trough different alliances – the growing Green Tech startup scene and – in case you have not heard about their interesting business proposal – we would like you to pay attention to the following startups of the region:

Aponix: Based in Heidelberg, Aponix Gmbh has developed a vertical barrel system that extends the de-facto standards of soil-less plant cultivation from the horizontal plane into the 3rd dimension at professional standards. Ready to be used in urban farming situations and utilizing an existing nutrient cycle, the barrel system allows to create for example: In 1 square meter with 2,30 meters of vertical space the barrel is able to provide 144 individual grow spaces. The mission is to eliminate food miles and waste around food logistics and at the same time delivering more varieties harvested at the ideal ripeness to consumers delivering much higher nutrition and more fun.

Bikuh: Climate friendly advertising that doubles your impact and makes cycling profitable for bike riders. That is what Bikuh the social enterprise supported by Social Impact Lab and Climate KIC is implementing in Frankfurt am Main . The startup has developed a clever business model that benefits all involved parties, but especially the environment. A project where social responsibility is the driving force to create a better future. According to the founders “Bikuh makes biking more attractive as we create new incentives. For our advertising partners, we offer a whole new manner to get in contact with their target group. And at the end the environment benefits from this mix”.

Node. Energy: Located in Frankfurt node.energy is a digital service provider which enables microgrid operators to identify, map and manage the optimal power supply concept. With a product oriented solution and lead by Mr. Karger (co- founder of Node.Energy), the former participants of the EY Start Up Academy,  offer with their software  the possibility that industrial and commercial companies can reduce their energy costs and also their CO2 footprint.

All over the world, environmental technology and resource efficiency products, processes and services will be increasingly in demand in the coming years. Be sure to connect your ideas and business perspectives with likeminded individuals, accelerate your venture and access to investment opportunities with the right network.