Climate change innovation according to 3 experts

Development programs are tapping science and technology to deliver game-changing solutions to climate change. Find out what’s capturing the attention of experts in building efficiency, climate policy and climate change.

Development programs are tapping science and technology to deliver game-changing solutions to climate change. One idea currently capturing attention is the concept of net, or near zero, energy buildings, according to Jennifer Layke, director of the Building Efficiency Initiative for World Resources Institute.

It’s “where we were with the concept of green buildings a decade or so ago,” said Layke, though the uncertainty remains: How does this apply in other locations?

“How can you take a concept of a house that’s made in Europe and apply it to a school that’s in Mexico?” she said.

They probably aren’t the same technologies, she added, but replication may be possible by using the same integrative thought process. It’s also about creating change that won’t outstrip the capacity to make it sustainable and using technology already out there in more efficient ways, said Carlos Quintela, senior project manager and environmental policy specialist for Chemonics.

Watch the video for the example Quintela points to in Mozambique, as well as the nature-based solution to reduce the risk of landslides in the Philippines, according to Tetra Tech’s senior climate change specialist Hope Herron.

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    Kelli Rogers

    Kelli Rogers is a global development reporter for Devex. Based in Bangkok, she covers disaster and crisis response, innovation, women’s rights, and development trends throughout Asia. Prior to her current post, she covered leadership, careers, and the USAID implementer community from Washington, D.C. Previously, she reported on social and environmental issues from Nairobi, Kenya. Kelli holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Missouri, and has since reported from more than 20 countries.

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