Climathon gives teams 24 hours to save the planet

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Pictured: Kieran Lettice, Energy Cork; Beth Massey, International Energy Research Centre; James Goulding, Cork City Council; Magdalena Czyrnek-Deletre, ERI; and Rebecca O’Keeffe, Taste Cork

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13 October 2016 | 0

A hackathon-style event will take place in Cork on 28 October to come up with practical solutions to climate change challenges within the agri-food sector.

People from all backgrounds and industries will participate in the Cork Climathon, to be held in the Environmental Research Institute (UCC) from 10am on Friday until 10am on Saturday.

Climathon organisers, the Environmental Research Institute, UCC and Energy Cork, hope to enable teams to deliver tangible solutions to ensure the sustainability of the region’s thriving agri-business sector, while diminishing any negative climate impact.  The event will see businesses from across the food sector (including farmers, hotels, shops, transport companies) present real-life climate challenges to the Climathon teams will work to produce viable solutions which they will pitch to a jury who will decide on the best solution from a technical, business and environmental perspective.

“Cork has a great reputation for our high quality food and we have the largest proportion of farming production of any county in Ireland,” said Dr. Paul Bolger, ERI manager,  Environmental Research Institute (ERI). “The agri-food industry is responsible for a large portion of Irish greenhouse gas emissions so with these facts in mind, we felt it was appropriate to tailor the Cork Climathon to the food sector and look at ways we can manage and reduce the carbon footprint of agribusiness in the region.”

Hosted by the ERI, UCC and Energy Cork, event partners in the Cork Climathon include Ignite UCC, Blackstone Launchpad at UCC, Taste Cork, Cork City Council, MaREI, Local Enterprise Offices, the International Energy Research Centre (IERC) and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

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