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ICE Hub Glasgow COP26 Features Innovation for the Circular Economy

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22nd Oct 2021




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The ICE Hub Glasgow COP26 (map, 235 Sauchiehall Street, Glasgow G2 4EN) features Innovation for the Circular Economy and opens October 31 in Glasgow set amid the backdrop of the UN COP26 Summit on climate change. Presented by Hub Culture, McDonough Innovation and Beauty Kitchen with over a dozen partners, the ICE Hub will welcome thousands of guests during the COP26 Summit over two weeks, and remain as a fixture in the Glasgow community, focused on resuse technologies, coworking and innovation. Lets dive in!

The main mission of the ICE Hub is to provide a gathering and working space for those dedicated to climate solutions, especially in the context of the circular economy. Housed in the former Bank of Scotland, the space will operate through 2022 as a destination for important climate work, a space for showcasing innovation in circular economy thinking and practice, and as a space to network and connect on climate issues at large.

Over a dozen COP26 partners are involved, helping to programme and create theme days during the main segments of COP26. General Atlantic and the new Beyond Net Zero fund will focus on climate finance. The Government of Bermuda and Bermuda Business Development Agency (BDA) will lead conversations on country approaches to climate finance and cohost an open climate data workshop planning session with Hub Culture. The FAIRR Initiative (Farm Animal Investment Risk & Return) and the Coller Foundation will focus on agricultural innovation, climate action and the ESG risks and opportunities surrounding intensive animal agriculture and global food supply chains.  

In energy, the Arctic Green Energy Corporation will highlight the move toward 100% renewable energy through geothermal development and CalEPA, the California Environmental Protection Agency will explore the move toward net zero mobility in California and beyond. 

In technology, Mattereum will present blockchain solutions for climate in a series of livestream panels. Chia will showcase their scaled tech efficiencies and prototype carbon markets and blockchain solutions related to energy, which could benefit partners like the IETA. The new blockchain-based SDG Exchange will launch, driving forward a vision for value transfer and monetization to help drive the Sustainable Development Goals to a successful 2030 outcome. 

The ICE Hub is more than technology and finance, as it includes themes around circular consumption and the roles of everyone in building a better world. Natura-Tec will host a beauty day featuring Elemis and other brands, diving into sustainability and sustainable design.

A key ongoing point of the ICE Hub is around reuse - with new ways for packaged goods to be refilled, reused and repeatedly used through new approaches in packaging and fulfilment, an effort led by McDonough Innovation and Beauty Kitchen. This thinking around how we can all go beyond net zero and move into a circular economy will be highlighted on Friday 5 November with a special dinner, Net Positive, by William McDonough and Paul Polman hosted by Arctic Green Energy Corporation CEO Haukar Harôarson.

On November 4, Future of Cities will host the Florida delegation to examine the emergence of regenerative cities while other partners dive into electric mobility and web3 technology.

On Sunday, November 7, the Grounded climate solutions network and ICE Hub will host original nation leaders and youth from around the world for a day of learning and engagement, supported by Vivo Barefoot and other partners. Dozens of leaders will lead a sacred walk to the ICE Hub, then convene an afternoon of contemplation and discussion as part of a sacred day long House of Original Nations. This will be followed by a Grounded hosted dinner to connect leaders and youth on indigeneous focused issues. 

Monday, November 8, will focus on climate finance and alternative protein, while November 9 will put the spotlight on oceans and water.

On November 10, Hub Culture will host a full day on oxygen, 'the other side of carbon', diving in with the Oxygen Project on a series of conversations about how oxygen and its role on the earth is being affected by the anthropocene. November 10 is also the first day of payouts for Vo2, (Ven Oxygen) the new oxygen-based payment system for nature. This system enables participants to stake natural places and earn digital capital for protecting them. That evening Chia Network will host an evening dinner focused on energy efficiency and blockchain technology.

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As the first fully vegan/vegetarian Hub, a focus on food innovation is at the heart of the cuisine offering, featuring alternative proteins, sustainably sourced farm-to-table fruits and vegetables, and new approaches from a collection of top chefs including Rosa Addis, Herbert Brindl and Misha Hyman.

On days throughout November, B-Corp will host member CEOs for small gatherings discussing the latest in the business world, while Leaders on Purpose gather their CEO members for a roundtable and book discussion featuring Arcelik CEO Hakan Bulgurlu's ascent of Everest and his resulting view on the environment. 

The ICE Hub will also host exciting parties to celebrate the opening and closing of COP26. A partners opening cocktail party on November 1st will feature an overview of COP26 plans; and on November 11th, an UP Game visioning cocktail party celebrating future success from the point of view of 2030 will be hosted with Civana. This is part of a day long city mayors visioning exercise designed to help envision the next 10 years of work in the urban design space.

The ICE Hub is open daily for innovation and conversation from 8am to 10pm, subject to partner membership. COVID-19 restrictions will be in place, including the requirement of proof negative test results within 72 hours or verification of full vaccination to be shown at entry. All visitors, partners and guests are encouraged to download the Hub Culture app for schedules and access, and to submit their vaccine verification through the Hub Culture travel section in advance to ensure speedy entry. 

Social media, livestream and other content will be flowing daily from the ICE Hub. To access, please follow the Hub Culture Youtube channel, Instagram and TikTok @hubculture, and like post and share using the @hubculture #ICEHub handles.

Everyone is encouraged to like share and follow as Hub Culture, McDonough Innovation and Beauty Kitchen create a new place for circular economy work, play and innovation.

For access information, event coordination, networking and more please visit the ICE Hub online