As part of the Energy and Climate symposium organized by Université Total on November 21st, the Group joined BFM Business TV to present the 2014 “Sustainable Business Awards”. Their goal: encouraging entrepreneurship and innovation that drive sustainable energy and growth. After the six finalist start-ups present their projects, three of them — one from each of the following categories: energy transition, green chemistry and the sharing economy — will be presented with an award and receive media coverage on our partner TV channel.
And the nominees are:
- Echy, Bringing Sunlight Into Your Home
Lighting is one of the most energy-intensive items in homes and other buildings. To help keep bills down, this start-up founded in 2012 by three engineering students has developed rooftop optical collectors that distribute light indoors using fiber optics.
- Expliseat, Convincing You to Fly
Expliseat's proprietary technology could revolutionize air travel. Its ultralight seats weigh just 4 kilograms, delivering significant fuel savings that can add up to $500,000 per aircraft, shrink the environmental footprint of flights and, as an added bonus, enhance passenger comfort with an extra 5 centimeters of legroom per seat.
- Global Bioenergies for Sustainable Chemicals
Global Bioenergies is one of the few companies worldwide to have developed a process to convert renewable resources into hydrocarbon compounds, for an eco-friendly, sustainable “green oil” that can in turn be processed into biosourced plastics, paints and other products
- Algopack, Replacing Plastic With Algae
Algopack is the only company in the world to produce plastics from brown algae, or seaweed. The start-up cultivates this natural, fully biodegradable, compostable resource itself. No pesticides or fertilizers are used and very little water is required.
The Sharing Economy
- MyRecycleStuff, Barter 2.0
A pioneer in new economies and France’s biggest social barter network, with 10,000 members who swap clothing, toys, furniture and services, MyRecycleStuff wants to encourage individuals and businesses to transition from a market economy to a network economy that facilitates support and sharing and prevents waste — all using impressively innovative tools.
- Jestocke.com, Renting Attics and Basements
If you have an empty garage or attic somewhere, why not rent it out? That’s the concept behind jestocke.com, where space is as much as 60% cheaper to rent than in conventional self-storage units. And it’s all covered by an exclusive insurance policy developed especially for the site.