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Daisy Lab – Dairy without the cow
Daisy Lab are creating dairy identical proteins without the cows, using precision fermentation technology. These proteins can be used in the production of traditional dairy products like yoghurts and ice-creams. The final products are suitable for vegans, but their market is any traditional dairy consumer. The Westpac NZ Government Innovation funding will allow Daisy Lab to extend their research by adding additional species and proteins, as well as an additional team member to their R&D team. It will also help purchase the necessary reagents and equipment, increasing their chances of success in carrying their research through to lab-scale fermentation, in-turn contributing to the decarbonisation of Aotearoa.
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Cawthron Institute – Decarbonising Aotearoa through large-scale seagrass regeneration
Seagrasses, flowering plants that live in shallow coastal waters, have huge potential as a tool to fight climate change. Overseas, they have been shown capture carbon up to 27 times faster than temperate forests and are estimated to absorb 10% of the ocean’s carbon each year, despite covering less than 0.2% of the seafloor. Unfortunately, seagrass meadows are being lost at an alarming rate worldwide. Restoring these meadows will greatly increase the carbon storage potential of our oceans, helping to mitigate climate change. However, we currently lack knowledge on how to restore these habitats using seeds in Aotearoa. Cawthron’s solution is to conduct the necessary research to develop a blueprint for seed-based seagrass restoration. This blueprint will provide community groups, councils, iwi and others with a step-by-step guide to restore seagrass meadows across Aotearoa.
Restoring Aotearoa New Zealand's Seagrass Meadows - Cawthron Institute
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Infrastructure Sustainability Council – Accelerating and scaling decarbonisation and wellbeing outcomes through infrastructure sustainability
The Infrastructure Sustainability Council is developing a digital rating tool and supporting materials calculator, tailored to the NZ market to support decarbonisation of infrastructure in NZ. The funding will help bring this tool to market faster and make it more accessible, scalable, and cost effective. The funding will also be used to ensure appropriate capability building to achieve wide scale adoption of the product and broader acceptance and the support to change the hearts and minds in this critical sector.
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Auckland Council – Students Decarbonising Schools
The Students Decarbonising Schools programme, an initiative led by Auckland Council, will empower students to identify practical, high impact solutions that will support them to take climate action in their schools and communities. It will harness the power of collective action, encourage wider societal behaviour change and learnings will be shared nationally to help shape the future direction of student-led climate action and the decarbonisation of Aotearoa’s schools.
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GovTech Accelerator Programme Foundational Partner
3 year Foundational Partnership of the Creative HQ GovTech Accelerator Programme - to drive public sector innovation. This years Programme had 14 government projects, NGOs and Startups – all focusing on social and environmental challenges that are facing Aotearoa.
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Financing and Incentivising the Decarbonisation of Aotearoa Research
A Research Report commissioned by the fund, and executed by ThinkPlace on Financing and Incentivising the Decarbonisation of Aotearoa, to support our seventh Intake.
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Trust Alliance NZ
Building on the already established Trust Alliance NZ (TANZ) workstreams to continue development of an interoperable, yet secure, data sharing framework for all sectors of the primary industry, which enables key stakeholders & data owners across the value chain to share data in a permissioned and controlled manner, while freeing growers, producers and others from redundant, repetitive submission of the same data over and over to different government organisations.
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Social Accountability At Sea
Ackama, in partnership with Terra Moana Limited are developing and trialing a technical solution to enable fishing companies to self-assess against the complex matrix of major Conventions, Standards and Criteria, including from NGOs (local & international) to ensure they operate best practice worker welfare and enable them to show that their products are free from human rights abuse.
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Creative HQ - GovTech Accelerator Programme
Foundational Partner
3 year Foundational Partnership of the Creative HQ GovTech Accelerator Programme - to drive public sector innovation. This years Programme was focusing on Sustainability in all its forms.
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