I met Thomas Kineshanko at Whistler #4 Pecha Kucha where he was presenting along side Shawn Smith, a colleague and friend of mine from Education Generation. If you haven’t heard about Pecha Kucha it’s a must check out event *inspiration* meets rapid fire presentations! I was blown away by Tom’s 20×20 slides and of course wanted to know more than the 20 seconds per slide format would allow.
Tom is a carbon finance and clean-tech IT entrepreneur. He works on emission reduction and renewable energy projects, recently founding Habitat Carbon Assets. In addition to his work with Habitat Carbon, Tom also works with Green Angel Energy. Hopefully I managed to ask the right questions to get us all informed on what clean tech is and how we can get involved – checkout the interview!
Q: Tell us about your work with Habitat Carbon?
Habitat Carbon has developed software that allows anyone who is installing clean technology – technology that reduces energy, reduces carbon, or produces renewable energy – to find out exactly what incentives they can get and to secure those incentives.
90% of clean technology installations rely heavily on incentives. 60% of people aren’t properly accessing the incentives – like solar or carbon credits – they are able to get. With the computing power and data mining available today, we think its a no brainer to use software to solve that problem.
Q: How does Habitat Carbon contribute to positive shift in Vancouver’s green initiatives?
Vancouver is doing a ton of positive things to reduce carbon and reduce energy usage in the city and is trying to become the greenest city in the world in a few years. That work is going to require the help of incentives like tax incentives, carbon offsets, and renewable energy credits. We aren’t working with the City yet, but its possible they could use our software to optimize their carbon and energy incentives to accelerate more of the carbon and energy reducing work they are already doing.
Q: How can an event like the Projecting Change Film Festival affect climate change?
I think the most important thing about projecting change is that it is really inspirational. For years I have been supporting the festival and bringing friends to it. Fighting climate change is hard – it is the biggest issue we face. Keeping the energy up of those fighting it, and keeping a community inspired is incredibly important. Projecting Change does that better than anything else in Vancouver in my opinion.
Q: GreenAngel Energy?
My work with GreenAngel Energy stems from my work with Habitat Carbon. Habitat is one of the six companies that Green Angel has invested in, I become a shareholder of Green Angel as part of that transaction. We are working with Green Angel to find promising companies in BC that are commercializing technology that reduces energy or carbon. Early stage, Angel style, investing in technology companies is key to new crazy ideas getting off the ground growing into the game changing solutions we need to combat climate change.
Q: What is the biggest challenge Vancouver faces in fighting climate change?
We’re in a fortunate position to act as a leader but being a leader is never easy. Vancouver must work hard to show the world what’s possible in terms of the technologies that we can commercialize to help fight climate change and reduce energy and carbon. This also means political commitment to policies to clean energy, cap and trade, and carbon taxation. Because Vancouver operates in the context of BC, it means the Premier must step up in the ways that Mayor Robinson is and Premier Campbell did. Our biggest challenge will be staying the course of commitment to being a leader, even though that might seem scary and hard to do.
Q: What action can individuals take to get involved with clean technology and organizations like Habitat Carbon?
The best ways to get involved are investing in clean tech start-ups, starting clean tech start-ups (or related impact focused ventures), or setting/supporting the right types of policy. Depending on who you are, pick one of these. If we want real results, we as individuals must commit our resources – time or money – to real change. Carrying cloth bags is good, but bigger commitment is being demanded of all of us by the planet at this point. Habitat is working with a number of local clean technology and a few clean tech investment funds to give them access to the maximum potential incentives they can get to make their work more profitable and more doable. GreenAngel allows anyone with $5000 they want to put into clean tech to invest in a basket of 6 promising clean tech start-ups that are all based in BC. This is huge, before GreenAngel, non-”accredited” investors, those with under a million in liquid capital or a very large annual income, could not invest directly in early stage clean tech companies.
Find out more about clean technology, GreenAngel Energy http://greenangelenergy.ca/, and Habitat Carbon Assets http://habitatcarbon.com/ and how to turn your carbon and energy reductions into revenue.
If you find clean tech and energy efficiency interesting you’ll want to be in attendance at the Projecting Change 2011 premier of Powerful: Energy For Everyone. http://projectingchange.ca/schedule/powerful-energy-for-everyone-2/ After the film Power Plant Vancouver http://www.powerplantvancouver.com/ will be hosting guest speakers and clean technology conversations.
Rebecca – @rebeccaapeel
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