There is no climate protection project more efficient than greeNsort®: rolling out savings up to 51.3 TWh/year and 30.3 MtCO2e/year1 worth 7.1 Billion EUR/year has almost zero cost and with completed R&D it is risk-free

Research sponsors and start up-sponsors fail to fund a project that has less risk than research and better economics than start-ups, private charitable foundations are not allowed to fund technical R&D, patenting would fund the project but destroy its public value.

The most economic project

The economy, stupid — James Carville

has no business model

The market is a mechanism for sorting the efficient from the inefficient, it is not a substitute for responsibility — Charles Handy

and has no risk

I like to do high-risk and high-payoff kind of research — Susan Lindquist

it generates public and private value

There are systematic barriers for German non-profit foundations to fund the development of technologies — Lars Grotewold4

and hence lacks funding

Climate policy is a field mined by interests — Lars Grotewold6

Financing through patenting

The good patent gives the world something it did not truly have before, whereas the bad patent has the effect of trying to take away from the world something which it effectively already had — Giles Sutherland Rich7

Patents should provide incentives for economically efficient R&D

has negative impact on the public

The last thing the public want at this point is a patent holder holding out his test, vaccine, or cure — Dr. Kalyan C. Kankanala

Software is like sex: It’s better when it’s free ― Linus Torvalds— 

  1. Estimation of MtCO2e = 0.59* TWh taken from forecasting model of the Lean ICT Report March 2019↩︎

  2. except the R&D and publishing costs (~1000 man-days) and costs for implementing the algorithms in libraries of popular programming languages (not estimated)↩︎

  3. “I recognized that information was, in many respects, like a public good, and it was this insight that made it clear to me that it was unlikely that the private market would provide efficient resource allocations whenever information was endogenous” — Joseph Stiglitz↩︎

  4. Stiftung Mercator, oral communication↩︎

  5. at least in Germany they would risk loosing their non-profit status↩︎

  6. Stiftung Mercator Interview with Dr. Lars Grotewold↩︎

  7. US judge, 1978 60 JPOS 271,288, cited in CIPA Guide to the Patents Act, page 83 and Gaster/Marlow, CRi 1/2009 pages 3-4↩︎


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