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City, venue & date: Barcelona, UOC, October 28, 2016
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Organizer: Business with Common Sense
Event partner: Universitat Oberta de Catalunya (Open University of Catalonia)
Number of attendants: 30
Number of ecopreneurs participating in the Awards: 5

1. Climate Innovation Lab

Panels and debate:

Panel A – Affordable Energy and Climate Change (SDG 7)
Moderator: Ariadna Benet, co-founder of Business with Common Sense
  • Ferran Garrigosa, Manager at Clúster de la Biomassa de Catalunya (The Biomass Cluster of Catalonia)
  • Gijsbert Huijink, Manager at Som Energia (solar energy production and renewal energy distribution)
  • Marc Romera, Manager at SEBA (renewal energy distributor)
  • Marta Garcia, Project Manager at Ecoserveis (sustainable energy culture)
Guiding question: how can we ensure access to affordable, sustainable and modern energy?

The speakers introduced their business models. We discussed about renewal energy, energy provision to rural people and poor urban people, and the role of biomass energy in the energy pool. Some of the key aspects highlighted during the session was the business models that these companies are working with. These models pose a challenge to big companies, as they imply the loss of power and control from these big companies and the empowerment of citizens. Also all these business models have in common the decentralization of energy production. Production happens at the consumer level instead of the distribution level.

Panel B – Climate Action and tourism (SDG 13)
Moderator: Soledad Morales, Director of Master on Sustainable Tourism and IT

Guiding topic: adaptation and mitigation strategies in the tourism sector

Apparently sustainability and climate adaptation are being introduced in these sectors, either as a means to attract specific tourist targets or to address social and environmental concerns (Barcelona City Council) resulting from massive tourism.

Overall conclusions:
At the level of energy production and distribution, it seems as new business models tend to decentralize and collectivize energy production. It means that energy, in the business models addressed in the round table, is produced by citizens instead of big companies and distributed around short distances. In the case of biomass the energy does not travel, instead it is the energy source which travels. This business model empowers people and reduces the infrastructural requirements of Hydro, carbon or nuclear energy. Medium and long term social and economic implications of such a trend are huge. Likewise, these business models can reduce the climate impacts of energy production and supply energy to low income people or living in isolated areas. Consequently, countries applying these models tend to reduce their dependency on foreign energy sources such as coal, gas.

Policy was mentioned as a key player in this transformation. There was a consensus from speakers and audience that, in Spain for example, policy was impairing a proper implementation of a decentralized and local energy production system.

Next steps:

An idea emerged from one of the speakers to organize another event seeking to analyze business models. This idea can be developed with the UOC within their CSR (Corporate Social Responsibility) master.


2. Climate Champion Awards

The jury was composed of all attendants. Each participant voted for 2 projects, with the project that received more votes being given the first prize, and the second one, the second prize.


  • Green business network: 2 years of free membership in Spanish Green Business Association (ECOVE)
  • Promotion and visibility: mention in press releases launched by ECO4CLIM at Spanish level, personal interview by ECO4CLIM to be published as a post in ECO4CLIM’s website, and special mention in ECO4CLIM’s annual report.
  • Participation in a raffle to attend and present at the COP22 Climate Summit held in Marrakesh (Morocco) on November 7-18 2016, in a workshop organized by ECO4CLIM. A once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to make the voice of green SMEs heard by world leaders!!

Winner of the “Ecopreneurs” Category: 

PANDORAHUB is a gathering of Rural Shakers. A community of individuals and professionals, entrepreneurs and families, willing to bring more rural life to our lifestyles. They are eager to apply human-centered, lean and happiness philosophies and skills to revive rural areas. They are purpose-driven entrepreneurs, life and career shifters enabling everyone to escape from the unsustainable pace and demands of city life to something slower and more meaningful.

Diana More, co-founder of PANDORAHUB, speaking at a live chat within the Earth to Marrakech initiative 

Winner of the “SMEs” Category: SLOW SEA

SLOWSEA is an ECO SHIPYARD LAB that builds ecological and zero emissions small boats. It is an innovative project that combines scientific progress, ecology and sailing.

The future is in our hands

ECO4CLIM is evolving from a global week of climate action into a global network of Climate Innovation Labs, aimed at boosting the creation of cooperative, sustainable, and sound businesses tackling climate change and inequality. The Lab in Barcelona will catalyze multi-stakeholder co-creation by engaging ecopreneurs, civil society and other key actors to design solutions to climate-related challenges faced by the local community and organizations. Having the services and program of activities already well-designed, and its business model compellingly conceived, the Barcelona lab now finds itself at the fundraising stage. Besides public funding (creating jobs and solving climate challenges for the city), the lab will catalyze open innovation processes for companies and organizations seeking to find creative and effective solutions for their internal climate-related challenges in areas such as energy or water consumption, mobility and transport, waste management, etc. At the same time, agreements are being finalized with universities, clusters and business schools to increase its reach and bring on-board  a community of students, entrepreneurs, makers and designers. 

This year in particular, the goal is to organize an “Ecopreneurs & Innovation Climathon” (weekend-long co-creation marathon) in the autumn; with two parallel tracks, one dedicated to tackling city-level problems in Barcelona, and the other focused on a particular company or organization, which can be yours if you want to lead the world in sustainable innovation and climate action. Join the Ecopreneurs for the Climate movement in Barcelona 🙂



From ECO4CLIM, we want to sincerely thank our global partners, climate organizer in Barcelona, event partner, and the whole network of collaborators and allies for their extraordinary contribution in making this first step in the City of Gaudi possible. Without their extraordinary support ECO4CLIM16 could not have been possible, and we strongly appreciate their continuing partnership for the development of the lab in 2017 and beyond.


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