The Toni Piëch Foundation (TPF) is starting a promising new year with a multitude of projects. Work is in full swing for the foundation as continuing partnerships are going strong and new projects are joining the portfolio.
In 2024 the Toni Piëch Foundation will continue to support projects such as the ETH Zürich City Energy Analyst. The urban building energy simulation platform is one of the first open-source computational tools allowing the design of low-carbon and highly efficient cities at neighborhood and district level.
Another ongoing cooperation is the work with the Correctiv CrowdNewsroom. The platform uses storytelling to point out problems related to mass demolitions and highlights the positive climate impact of energy-efficient renovations by using crowd-based investigation.
Also ongoing in 2024 is for example the support of the Foundations Platform F20 as a partner foundation, supporting the alignment of the G20 countries with the Paris Agreement.
NEWLY ESTABLISHED PROJECTS
The new year also sees commitment to additional projects, one example being the Cape Town City Workshops. These address the question of how to conduct a built environment transformation under real life conditions in the Global South. The objective: to create a how-to guide for sustainable construction and urban planning in cities. The basis: key learnings from piloting a multi-stakeholder process for transitioning to a regenerative built environment in the Cape Town city-region. For this project, the Toni Piëch Foundation is cooperating with an existing partner: Bauhaus Earth. Having started in mid 2023, the project will carry on for the whole of 2024.
With the World Economic Forum stating misinformation and disinformation as the biggest global risk for 2024, the Toni Piëch Foundation is keen to further strengthen the opposite: evidence-based but human-centered communication. Debates among decision-makers sometimes fail to address how change could relate to the individual, which in consequence inhibits their willingness to change. The foundation therefore supports the Carbon Neutral Cities Alliance in building an international narrative and storytelling working group for built environment issues. It strives to gather and communicate evidence-based facts to make the impact of housing, materials, and heating systems tangible for the individual.
An important platform for addressing critical environmental challenges is the Klosters Forum. Klosters brings together change-makers to foster collaboration. This fully aligns with the mission of the Toni Piëch Foundation which will support the forum in one of the new partnerships of 2024.