EarthDay: BigTech

Earth Day is this Thur (April 22nd, 2021). Some Big Tech green initiatives:

Apple Restore Fund info
  • $200 million forest conservation fund
  • Projects selected by Forest Stewardship Council and Verra
  • Public participation: each Apple Pay (ewallet) payment contributes to the fund (quantum not specified, until Earth Day only)

Elon Musk Carbon Removal Competition info
  • $100 million purse prize, four year global competition
  • Challenge: pull CO2 direct from the atmosphere or oceans
  • Registration opens on Earth Day

Google Impact Challenge on Climate info
  • €10 million fund for European startups, partner: Climate-KIC
  • 11 startups chosen, including: ClimateFarmers (regenerative agriculture), Materiom (nature has over billions of years produced vast amount of materials - without toxic landfills, waste or plastic), DarkMatterLabs (trees are infrastructure as much as roads)

Bill Gates Breakthrough Energy info
  • Broad initiative for zero emissions and affordable, reliable energy
  • Includes Breakthrough Energy Ventures fund for green investments
  • Sample: Pachama (restore forests for carbon credits), Czero (convert natural gas into hydrogen), ZeroAvia (hydrogen planes)