The Cleanleap story
Cleanleap was started by a group of clean technology enthusiasts who think that sharing knowledge is the most important way we'll solve climate change and environmental problems. Our geographic focus is Asia and Africa.
Many other initiatives focus on the problem, or spend valuable time convincing the unconvinced that climate change is real - but that's not what Cleanleap is about. Talking to people about the problem is important, but this area is being served well by other initiatives around the world– what's lacking is real information about solutions.
You won't find any doom and gloom stories on Cleanleap. Nor will you find tightly worded corporate talking points or unrealistic approaches to what are very complex issues. We're 100% focused on sharing pragmatic, real-world solutions as widely as possible. We share knowledge on decarbonised energy technologies such as solar and wind as well as the technological solutions that relate to where we live, what we eat and how we work.
We focus on Asia and Africa as these locations are the frontline for the effects of climate change and because it is where a booming population will need to deploy clean solutions to cope with increased energy and environmental demands.
Launched in February 2015, we're just starting out. In the early days, we'll focus on the following topics:
- Climate change - addressing climate change requires massive decarbonisation of our economy, particularly in areas such as electricity generation, transportation and agriculture. Most importantly, our focus is on sharing knowing on solutions to the problem as opposed to forming the case for action
- Energy - availability of reliable, low-cost energy is the cornerstone of economic development and is a primary limiting factor for many developing countries. We'll share knowledge on an energy sector which is undergoing massive change with new technologies that will provide cheaper, more accessible and cleaner energy.
- Food - feeding a growing world poses complex challenges for which new technologies can help provide solutions. We share information on improved food production that is balanced with issues related to international trade, certification, animal welfare and health.
- Information technology - the most rapid technological advances in the last 30 years have been in the areas of the computer and the internet. Information technology can help us make Cleanleaps in many ways and we'll track the most relevant developments here.
- Work - our economy is now globally connected like never before. Countries are advancing faster than ever before through better connectivity and we're reducing our environmental footprint through paperless offices, telecommuting and digital communications. Cleanleap technologies are going to change how you work in the future and we'll cover it here.
Our plans for the future
Over time, we plan to expand our focus onto other topics that relate to climate change and the environment and which are having negative impacts in relation to polluton, deforestation and loss of biodiversity. You'll see this gradually grow over time as we add more analysts in the field.
Transport - improved transportation was one of the is one of the greatest areas of development of the past century. Local environmental damage and high levels of emissions from this sector have been the downsides. We'll explore how new technologies are helping us improve transportation.
Urbanization - growing urban populations, particularly in the developing world pose immense challenges. As more people more to urban areas around the world, we'll share knowledge on how the world's most innovative cities are tackling these issues.
- Waste - increasing populations, greater urbanization and increased consumption all lead to more waste. The good news is we're getting much smarter at how we reduce waste, reuse waste products for useful products and recycle the waste that we do produce.
- Water - many countries face water challenges due to growing populations and increased consumption. Our rivers and oceans are under threat, including from the effects of climate change. We'll explore solutions to this problem on Cleanleap.
More than anything we'll be guided by the interest of our audience and our ability to bring on high quality analysts in Cleanleap countries who share our vision that the right technologies can help us develop our economies without damaging the environment. Interested in working as part of our team? Let us know!