The Google.org Impact Challenge on Climate commits €10M to fund bold ideas that aim to use technology to accelerate Europe’s progress toward a greener, more resilient future. Selected organisations may receive up to €2M in funding and possible customised post-grant support from the Google for Startups Accelerator and the Google.org Fellowship to help bring their ideas to life.
Planet Progress podcast
The future — it's closer than you think. But what does it look like? And how do we get there? In this series Dr Hannah Fry meets the organisations who are building a greener, more resilient planet, today.
E01 — Snowchange
The Arctic north stores as much carbon as Amazonia. Keeping it there is essential. So Snowchange’s work rewilding these habitats impacts the whole planet.
E02 — Materiom
For billions of years natural habitats have thrived by producing vast quantities of materials, all without landfill or waste. Materiom have been taking notes.
E03 — Saildrone
Events in the Atlantic directly affect global weather. Saildrone deploy uncrewed vehicles in Earth’s harshest ocean environment to report this data in real time.
E04 — Climate Farmers
We’ve shaped our agriculture for high yields and food security. Climate Farmers think it’s time to reward a different and very important goal: soil health.
E05 — Normative
Normative want to help measure what matters in a sustainable world. Their automated carbon reporting identifies how businesses can reduce environmental impact.
E06 & E07 — Open Food Facts
Food production creates a quarter of global carbon emissions. Open Food Facts want to help us make smarter food choices by putting an Eco-Score on all food packaging.
Meet the organisations
We are delighted to announce the selected projects from the Google.org Impact Challenge on Climate. Each of these organisations receives funding between €500,000 and €2,000,000 and support from Google.
Saildrone & ECMWF
Quantifying the Gulf-Stream, autonomous real-time oceanography at scale.
EU / UK
Dark Matter Laboratories
Trees As Infrastructure is an open source platform, enabling city actors to collectively value and invest in urban nature, at scale.
Energy Web Foundation
Bringing energy stored in Distributed Energy Resources onto the grid.
AYR, a blockchain-based sustainability platform to reward green mobility behavior.
Open Climate Fix
Short-term solar electricity forecasting using machine learning and satellite data.
Accelerating biomaterial R&D through the use of AI and distributed testing.
Global Water Watch: democratising Earth’s information on water resources.
Helping companies reduce their carbon footprint through financial reporting.
Tackling climate change through regenerative agriculture.
Open Food Facts
Eco-Score: empowering consumers and producers to measure and change at large scale the impact of food on the planet.
Rewilding landscapes in the European North.
About the challenge
At Google, we believe that when it comes to solving a problem as big and urgent as climate change, we get more done when we move together.
We want to support the work of nonprofits, experts, and organisations that will mitigate the impacts of climate change in Europe and beyond, and increase communities’ resilience to its effects. We are looking for ideas that address topics like increased access to or use of renewable energy, decarbonisation of transportation, improvements to air quality, natural resource planning and protection, and circular economy and design.
Meet the partner
EIT Climate-KIC is the EU’s climate innovation agency, working to accelerate the transition to a zero-carbon and resilient world by enabling systems transformation. Headquartered in Amsterdam, it operates from 13 hubs across Europe and is active in 39 countries. EIT Climate-KIC was established in 2010 and is funded by the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT), a body of the European Union.
As a Knowledge and Innovation Community (KIC), it brings together more than 400 partners from business, academia, the public and non-profit sectors to create networks of expertise, through which innovative products, services and systems are developed, brought to market and scaled-up for impact.
Google’s commitment to sustainability
At Google, we build technology that helps people do more for the planet. We aim to unify our practices, partnerships, and products to foster sustainability at scale. By organising information about our planet, and making it actionable through technology, we help people make more positive impact together.
More about Google’s sustainability programme.
Meet the experts
Google Sustainability Officer
Sustainability Entrepreneur and Formula 1 World Champion
Dr. Maggie Aderin-Pocock MBE
Space Scientist, Broadcaster, and Author
Executive Director, Euroconsumers
Angela Churie Kallhauge
Head of Carbon Pricing Leadership Coalition Secretariat
Director General, Finnish Environment Institute (SYKE)
President of the Board of ZERO - Association for the Sustainability of the Earth System
Head of Public Affairs, Sonae and Vice-President, Sociedade Ponto Verde
Rita Schwarzelühr Sutter
Parliamentary State Secretary, Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety
Former Irish Minister for the Environment and Chair of Screen Producers Ireland
MP, Vaucluse; Former French Secretary of State for Ecological Transition and VP, UN Environment Assembly
Deputy Mayor of the Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg
Chairman of the SERES Foundation
Dr Yumiko Yasuda
Senior Network & Transboundary Water Cooperation Specialist, Global Water Partnership
Dr. Kirsten Dunlop
Chief Executive Officer, EIT Climate-KIC
SVP, Chief Business Officer, Google
GreenTech Youngster Award Winner
GreenTech Youngster Award Finalist
Anna Luísa Beserra
GreenTech Youngster Award Finalist