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Additional comments from the Judges:
iWENN Management Protocol has several commendable features -– especially its scale of vision. However, we have hesitations about this proposal. The Protocol as outlined here is not realistic under current socio political conditions. Neither public nor private sector actors are ready to pursue this model. Green minded fund managers (almost an oxymoron) are extremely unlikely to invest in the high cost, high-risk ventures described in the sub-proposal.
Also, critical conclusions drawn by Judges, re: “Chemosynthetic Management of the Water/Energy/Nutrient” in the included subproposals are not addressed much less resolved in the Global Contest proposal. Therefore, this new proposal retains all weaknesses of the regional proposals.
While iWENN Management Protocol is interesting and imaginative, we do not see it as feasible as it is laid out here. This concern was raised during the previous round of judging and has not been addressed by the plan’s proponents.
Advancing as Semi-Finalist
Congratulations! Your proposal, Green Funding the Path Towards a Future Carbon Negative Infrastructure/Economy in the Global Climate Action Plan contest, has been selected to advance to the Semi-Finalists round.
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Additional comments from the Judges:
This proposal is interesting because many of the models depend on negative emissions to limit warming to 2 degrees C. And if there is delay in reductions, there is a greater reliance on negative emissions.
However, the clarity of the proposal could be strengthened.
Also the connection with the name is a a bit unclear (why is land not in it)?
It is unclear how this will be funded especially given large start up costs.
You write that you will only use proven technologies but BECCS is not proven at large scales and many models depend on BECCS.
Dec 2, 2015
Response to Judge’s Remarks
(Judges Comments 1) “iWENN Management Protocol has several commendable features -– especially its scale of vision. However, we have hesitations about this proposal. The Protocol as outlined here is not realistic under current socio political conditions. Neither public nor private sector actors are ready to pursue this model. Green minded fund managers (almost an oxymoron) are extremely unlikely to invest in the high cost, high-risk ventures described in the sub-proposal.”
(Response 1) As the Pope succinctly noted in a recent statement seen here in Rueters:
"I am not sure, but I can say to you 'now or never.' Every year the problems are getting worse. We are at the limits. If I may use a strong word I would say that we are at the limits of suicide.".
The Pope is not the only leader to realize the urgency which we now face and there is a growing number of leaders in the financial community which have also awaken to the need for strong new measures which inherently will be somewhat risky during initial development.
Business as usual is simply suicidal and going beyond business as usual will require some degree of risk.
One excellent example of financial leaders realizing this existential need for moving beyond business as usual is found within CERES’s Clean Trillion Initiative.
(Response 2) As to the comment concerning “high cost, high-risk ventures described in the sub-proposal” and or the previous comment of "BECCS is not proven at large scales”:
It is well understood at the IPCC (WG3) level that the only limiting factor in establishing vast scale BECCS operations is the availability of sustainable low cost upstream biomass. The technical aspects of marine biomass production are also well understood and the use of the Oxyhydrogen Reaction in Algae is well understood as well and is, in fact, currently used at the industrial level.
Please read this relevant patent:
In brief, the judges who discredited the use of the above biotechnology, used in the previous national/regional proposals, simply did not understand the science!!!!
I ask this panel of judges to not make that same mistake. Stating confidently that the Oxyhydrogen Reaction in Algae is not 'fessable' is much like that professor who 'proved beyond all reasonable doubt' that heaver than air flight is impossible...3 months after the first flight at Kitty Hawk!!!!
Finally, the position that high level investors are not inclined to aggressively fund new technology is problematic as current developments seem to show the opposite view.
Please see: Breakthrough Energy Coalition
“The existing system of basic research, clean energy investment, regulatory frameworks, and subsidies fails to sufficiently mobilize investment in truly transformative energy solutions for the future. We can’t wait for the system to change through normal cycles.”
As such, the Global Plan, A Carbon Negative Infrastructure and Economy: A Systems Design/Mngmt Approach should be viewed as being within a reasonable, although advanced, spectrum of near term options as the science is well understood (by those that bother to read the science) and the technology is fundable as the science is currently...in use at the industrial level.
To conclude, this proposal attempts to stretch the envelope as far as STEM and socially responsible global scale business development using components which are, in fact, in use today and can be rapidly scaled up to global significance. This proposal, however, is also a volunteer effort which is not meant to be a fully developed business plan and should be judged in that regards.
With proper resources, a fully detailed business plan/proposal can be developed for those executives who actually understand the need for large scale and globally coordinated advanced mitigation/adaptation near term actions using state-of-the-art STEM and a socially responsible business model (as this proposal offers).