Aug 10, 2015
Thank you for submitting your proposal to this Climate CoLab contest. Because you had submitted it before July 18th, the contest Judges were able to review your proposal and provide you with some feedback, which we have included below. We hope that you will use it to further develop your work before the August 31 deadline. On that date at midnight Eastern Time, your proposal will be locked and considered in final form. The Judges will then select which proposals will continue to the Finalists round. Finalists are eligible for the contest’s Judges Choice award, as well as for public voting to select the contest’s Popular Choice award. The Winners will receive a special invitation to attend selected sessions at MIT’s SOLVE conference and showcase their work before key constituents in a workshop the next day. A few select Climate CoLab winners will join distinguished SOLVE attendees in a highly collaborative problem-solving session. In addition, if your plan is included in one or more winning global plans, you will receive Climate CoLab Points, and the top point-getters will receive shares of a cash prize of $10,000. Thank you for your great work and good luck! 2015 Climate CoLab Judges & Fellows Judges' feedback: The proposal presents and overall interesting idea, albeit it needs more elaboration and details. A simple way for the rich world to help the poor world (and at the same time solve the climate crisis) always has been to provide them with ample and free renewable electricity. This does not happen because the rich world citizens are unwilling to pay the bill. Therefore an explanation should be given on what would be the motivation on providing the funding this time around and what are the benefits over other economy warming alternatives (e.g. giving the same amount of money to Greeks directly to spend within internal market driving up the demand). It is not entirely clear how the proposal would result in the creation of jobs, as there is a chance that most of the jobs will be created in windmill and solar panel production outside of Greece. It also needs to be considered that the direct impact on GHG emissions reduction in Europe would not be big, taking into account Greece’s small current emissions. All currently empty sections of the proposal should be filled in to enable full evaluation.
Aug 23, 2015
Dear Judge´s Thank you for your kind and helpful feedback. Some comments to them: - I do not believe in providing free energy, that is most likely to result in wastage. Renewable energy at an affordable price is on the other hand very important to provide. - For sure much of the technology used will be immported, but on the other hand the construction phase and the maintenaince afterwards will provide plenty of jobs. Large schale installations would likely also provide opportunites for some local manufacturing, and could even be set as an requirement. Furthermore, the beneftis for the local economy, can also be enhanced trough a benefit-sharing system. - In 2012, gross national electricity generation in Greece was 61 TWh, 83% of which from thermal power plants, most running of fossil fuels. Thus there is still plenty to displace. - The energy production and consumption in Europe is interconnected trough a large network, thus clean renewable produced in Greece can be used to displace fossil fuels around Europe, after the potential for replacement in Greece is exhausted. I will work these issues into the actual proposal as well.