FEATURE-Corporate giants court climate startups in race to net-zero future

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By Megan Rowling, Thomson Reuters Foundation7 Min ReadBARCELONA, Sept 14 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Chile’s climate action champion Gonzalo Muñoz has the tough task of teaming businesses with governments to help meet the global warming limits set in the 2015 Paris accord. As an entrepreneur who runs a winery and a recycling firm, he knows the challenge.Muñoz co-founded circular economy company TriCiclos in 2009 after a decade of managing food businesses, where he noticed “how much garbage I was putting into the market” with unsustainable packaging.Unable to convince executives to shift to a greener model, he and his partners started producing mobile recycling stations, which can handle 90% of household solid waste and are now deployed in about 10 Latin American countries.“We identified the problem (of) waste as an error of design,” he said. And to deal with that environmental problem, “we have to correct every single design”, including how a product is disposed of and its materials reused, he added.Today, a growing cohort of companies – big and small – are undertaking a similar rethink, as awareness grows of the need for goods and services that take better care of the planet.Many are rushing to sign up to …

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