COP25: a disappointing edition

The originally scheduled conference in Brazil finally took place in Madrid from December 2 to 15, 2019 after the withdrawal of host Jair Bolsonaro, President of Brazil.

Lack of ambitions and mixed interests

A mixed agreement that was not unanimous concluded this 25th climate conference.

The closing of the conference had to be postponed many times as the different countries seemed divided on the key topics. “The international community has lost an important opportunity to show greater ambition, “regretted the Secretary General of the United Nations (UN), Antonio Guterres.

The slogan of this 25th edition “time for action” was therefore not respected, since few concrete measures or large-scale agreements were reached.

80 countries have pledged to do more by next year, but they are emerging nations or Pacific islands already threatened with submersion. These countries represent only 10% of global emissions.

Photo call of the leaders during the opening day of Cop25 (source: UN.ORG)

The European Union has also taken a historic decision by announcing its carbon neutrality in 2050. However the large emitters of CO2 (China, India, Brazil, Australia, Japan and especially the United States) have ruled out any additional effort in the state current things. None of its major greenhouse gas emitters have made significant announcements to demonstrate their ambition to meet the challenges of climate change.

Several disappointments punctuated this Cop 25, including the absence of a concrete agreement on the issue of international carbon markets.

The carbon market aims to reduce emissions of greenhouse gases, these gases are indeed responsible for global warming. The carbon market operates on the “polluter pays” principle. Thus, the carbon market consists of making greenhouse gas emitters pay the cost of the nuisance that this represents for the climate. It also allows the least polluting countries to resell allowances to those emitting more

Why is this carbon market having trouble being implemented?

Several points of contention exist:

There is first, the question of “double counting”. Thus, the biggest polluting countries and the oil-producing countries, notably led by Brazil, Saudi Arabia, India and China, are banking on the establishment of a world market with binding rules. They would like, for example, that the payment of the tax be borne by the country selling quotas and by the buying country. However, if this rule is followed emissions are reduced on paper and states pay fewer taxes.

Then there is the question of the fate of the remnants of carbon credits from the 1997 Kyoto Protocol. Europe would like there to be more transparency on the repayment of credits, which are often poorly controlled in the new carbon market. China, India and Brazil hold 60% of these credits.

This question, which has already been the subject of debate at previous conferences, therefore remains pending.

Teresa Ribera, Spanish Minister for the Environment during her speech at Cop25

The Spanish Minister of the Environment Teresa Ribera, summed up this conference with “two visions” very clear. “Those who want to go faster and those who want to hide behind what is not working, so as not to move forward.”

A majority of actions therefore remain pending and tend to be discussed during the 26th edition which will take place in Glasgow at the end of 2020. The Glasgow conference is already highly anticipated.

Ogoxe winner of the "innovation" category of the Septuors Trophies

September 26th 2019, Ogoxe participated at the SEPTUORS Trophies Ceremony, in Tarbes.

This event brings together innovative and dynamic companies as well as regional economic and institutional decision-makers.

Its goals are to promote the knowledge of each region and support innovative projects. As a result, it also helps to boost the emergence of startups while developing the regional economy.

With each new edition, the jury selects three companies in nine categories. Then they choose only one winner in each group. This year, companies were selected according to these 9 different categories:

• Tourism and Territories
• Industry
• Region Special
• Entrepreneur
• Circular economy
• Innovation
• Food
• International
• Special Department

After the jury’s deliberation, Ogoxe had the honor of winning the “innovation” category trophy against two other companies: LeanConnected and Mecamont.

We would like to thank the Septuers 65 for this opportunity.

Ogoxe participates at the Green Innov 65 event

The Green Innov 65 was held at Veolia’s Campus in Tarbes on the 19th of Septembre 2019.

This Southwest Eco-Enterprises Forum brought together the actors contributing to the development of innovations in order to respond to the “energy transition” problem. This event was organized by BIC CRESCENDO with the support of its partners.

The program concentrated on different topics:

“Renewable energy, self-consumption and storage”

“Energy and environmental performance of buildings”.

“Circular economies and the recovery of waste”

“Water and biodiversity”

As well as updates on:

“Hydrogen and Mobility”

“Pyrenees Ambition Territory Project”


Ogoxe is proud to be one of the 13 start-ups to have participated and presented their innovative solutions for the environment. Ogoxe also wish to thank BIC CRESCENDO for this opportunity.

Ogoxe participates in the Mountain Business Summit 2019

This 11th and 12th of June 2019, was held the Mountain Business Summit in Tarbes.

This International Exhibition of the Economy of the Mountain, brings together all the public or private actors contributing to the development, the development and the protection of the mountain. Organized by Abe with the support of Agence AD’OCC and bringing together nearly 200 exhibitors from fifteen countries, the aim of the show is to sell or buy solutions for mountain territories. More than 1500 professional visitors are expected


The Occitanie region is composed for more than half of its territory, mountains. This territory is also composed of two massifs, the Pyrenees and the Massif Central, which concern twelve of the thirteen departments and 20% of the population.

Ogoxe exhibits with EDF A river a territory

During the 2 days of the show, Ogoxe was present at the EDF stand to expose its solutions that were used in the EDF dams located in Ariège. The objective was to have resilient hydrological sensors at the strategic points of the dams and then create an alarm in the form of a totem that broadcasts a signal to local residents around the danger zone.

Ogoxe participates in the 2019 Vivatechnology in Paris

From May 16 to 18, Ogoxe was present at VivaTechnology in Paris to present its IoT solutions against the devastating effects of environmental risks.

During these 3 days, the team was able to meet professionals and welcome the public interested in the presented solutions.

VivaTechnology is a very important event that allows start-ups, corporations, investors and governments to meet and exchange.

Having won the Huawei France Challenge whose goal was “Designing an Iot solution for a better urban environment”, the Ogoxe team had the opportunity to exhibit at the Huawei Lab with a dozen innovative startups in various fields. activities.

The selection for the Huawei Lab also allowed Ogoxe to participate in the Digital InPulse Pitch Challenge.The team present on site met; Aileen Robert, CTO and Co-Founder, as well as Coralie-Anne Ramdiale and Manon Métois from the Marketing & Communication department.

Vivatechnology has been very enriching in terms of exchanges and relationships with important players in the international market. Aileen R. and his team had the honor to discuss IoT solutions and more specifically on innovative telecommunications systems with Zhang Minggang, Deputy General Manager of Huawei France.

Several opportunities for future collaboration have arisen; particularly in the field of protection, insurance, investment and international deployment with governments and chambers of commerce of foreign countries.

Salon VivaTech

Ogoxe wins the challenge of Huawei Lab at the Vivatechnology 2019

Ogoxe will be present during the 4th edition of Vivatech which will take place from 16 to 18 May 2019 in Paris

It is with great enthusiasm that the Ogoxe team learned of its success in the challenge 3 organized by Huawei France whose objective was to “Design an IoT Smart City solution for a better urban environment”. Thanks to this challenge, Ogoxe will be able to exhibit during these 3 days on the stand of Huawei Lab.

Meet the members of the Ogoxe team present on site with: Aileen Robert (CTO), Coralie-Anne Ramdiale and Manon Metois (Marketing and Communication).

The fields of application of the Huawei challenge

The solution can include IoT end-to-end devices, applications, or services in areas such as:

  • Smart parking
  • Fleet management
  • Management of micro-mobility (shared bikes or scooters, ..)
  • Coherence and orchestration of several fleets
  • Measuring or reducing the carbon footprint for transportation
  • Transport safety
  • Reduction of energy consumption
  • Improved personal security
  • Measurement of air quality, etc.

But what is the winning solution proposed by Ogoxe?

As a result of climate change, the areas exposed environmental risks and hazards are increasing at an immense rate. During crisis events where electricity cuts and cellular signal outages often occur, the transmission of important warnings or alerts to the public is of great issue.  The Ogoxe iot system is a highly resilient, intelligent and autonomous solution capable of connecting any type of sensor (even already existing), collection of high-definition real-time data for data analytics and AI used for forecasting and the transmission of continuous uninterruptible alerts and warnings when necessary for optimum risk management.

Ultimately, the same platform can be used as an environmental monitoring and management tool to understand the dynamics of the ecosystem and its response to climate change effects. This way, policy and decision makers can better create legislation and decisions for the betterment of the community and foresee development plans in correspondence to the changing climate to reverse its negative impact to the society.

An opening to the 2019 Digital InPulse Contest

Huawei Challenge 3 is also part of the Digital InPulse Contest which is a unique program for French start-ups. Organized by Huawei France, whose partners are Business France, Comité Richelieu and French Tech, this program is an opportunity for young companies to enter the Chinese market.

→ Join us at Huawei Lab, Booth J06-13, and talk to us about the environmental issues and technological advances of today and tomorrow!

surpopulation dans les grandes villes

Here is a new article from our series about climate change and its effects. This time we are going to focus on the cities and their links to this problem.

The rate of urbanization in the world has increased considerably over the last century. In 1950, the urban population represented only 30% of the world’s population. Today 55% of humans around the world are urban according to the UN, which predicts that 68% of humans will live in cities by 2050.

This figure is therefore constantly increasing. Moreover, if the urbanization affected the industrialized countries in the mid-twentieth for the southern countries is now that urbanization explodes. Indeed, according to the same UN report, the urban population will be concentrated on the African continent and Asia and more particularly, in some countries such as India, China or Nigeria.


urban cities repartition worldwide


In addition, many cities have not been designed to accommodate so many people in such a short time because this growth has been rapid. There is therefore a lack of infrastructures of all kinds (schools, hospitals, roads). This leads to several challenges to manage. How do we create infrastructure sanitation for several million people?

The overpopulation of some cities or their rapid growth has created several problems. We must rethink the management of the city in all areas including:

  • Waste Management
  • Sanitation
  • Access to drinking water and electricity
  • Access to the service
  • Transportation

These are the challenges that large urban centers will have to manage in order to not degrade the quality of life of the inhabitants who occupy them.

Urbanization, the example of Dakar

surpopulation dans les grandes villes

The city of Dakar, capital of Senegal was originally designed to accommodate 300,000 people, now it has 3 million. This strong urban growth is notably due to a large rural exodus. As a result,  public services are overwhelmed and can hardly manage all this human flow that settles daily in the city.

We must therefore completely rethink the urban plan of the city in order to meet the needs of the Dakar’s inhabitants.

Finally, this important urbanization has serious consequences for the environment. For example, air pollution is increasing due to the multiplication of human activities on a small territory. In addition, this concentration of populations, especially in towns located in the lower coastal zone, increases the risk of flooding.

The very large urbanization is therefore a cause of global warming and increased risk. Cities are indeed more vulnerable to risks.

It is therefore necessary to find solutions it is in this context that develops smart cities.


The Smart cities, a solution to adapt the city to new challenges

The Smart City, or Smart City has overall objectives, cost optimization, and improving the well-being and quality of life of residents.

The smart city tends to respond to the new societal and environmental issues that we have outlined above, which stem from the consequences of global warming, overpopulation and increasing urbanization.

The goal of a smart city is above all sustainability, but also harmony between people, technology and infrastructure.

The concept of a smart city is rather recent, and stems from the realization that a more sustainable development model must be adopted and that it must go through the cities.


Do smart cities constitute replicable solutions for all countries?

From South Korea to Europe, China, India and the Middle East and now Africa many cities are trying to experiment on smart city solutions. However, many questions remain unresolved. Is it possible to develop smart cities on a large scale? Experiments show that some actions developed by smart cities are actually possible on a large scale.

For instance, better waste management through technology is possible. In Melbourne, public garbage bins with detectors will send a message to garbage collection services when it is time to empty them.

Smart cities through the use of innovative technologies therefore, intend to provide solutions to the problems of cities. This generally welcomed initiative, however, is also the subject of some concern and even criticism to a certain extent.

Smart cities are laboratories that some consider unsustainable on a large scale. They do not solve the problem of cities at the national level.

In African cities where these projects are developed, they are even strongly criticized as they seem out of step with the reality of the majority of the inhabitants of these cities. Indeed, these futuristic projects live next to shanty towns where access to running drinking water is not even guaranteed.

One of the most recurrent criticisms concerning smart cities lies in the fact that there is a lack of supervision which makes fear of drifts in terms of security, especially as regards the protection of the privacy of citizens.

The city remains an important actor of global warming. It is a source of many problems and it also remains as an important vector of solutions as we have seen through the example of smart cities which continue to develop to such an extent. By 2050, 7 out of 10 people in the world will live in a smart city.


exode climate migrants

Migrants, the first victims of global warming?

Global warming has many visible and invisible consequences. In addition to the multiplication and worsening of natural hazards, some areas of the world are facing new dangers. The consequences of global warming often seem distant or abstract. But the impacts are already visible today and disrupt the lives of millions of people around the world.

Why people are forced to leave their homes ?

With rising temperatures, agriculture is very severely affected. Beyond a certain temperature, there is less yield and harvests are less qualitative. The scarcity of water and rising water levels in some countries in Africa and the Middle East make these populations more vulnerable and push them to leave their country. These people are fleeing to seek more stability as well as climate and economic security. Indeed climate migrants are also affected by economic problems because their livelihoods are thratened by the scarcity of resources, direct consequences of global warming.

Climatic migration in the world
Climatic migration in the world

According to a new World Bank study, the worsening effects of climate change in three densely populated regions of the world could push more than 140 million people to migrate within their own country by 2050.


Finding solutions to stop climatic migrations

However, this situation is not inevitable, if important measures and plans and efforts are made by international bodies, the number of internal environmental migrants could fall by 80% or 100 million people. This includes the significant reduction of greenhouse gases.

The report highlights outbreaks of emigration and climate migration, that is, precarious and climate-change-prone areas that are likely to experience large population outflows and territories that will need to accommodate these internal migrants in search of resources. of subsistence and a new life.

Solutions must therefore be found and adopted very quickly to preserve these areas, and thus avoid exile to thousands of people.

The reasons of climatic migration
The reasons of climatic migration


Facing the risk of flooding

After the passage of a major natural disaster, the collective emotion pushes the victims to seek responsible and solutions. The demand for security is becoming more important. Measures are then implemented. But over time this demand diminishes because we “move on”.

The consequences of natural disasters are nevertheless very important. In fact, they caused $ 330 billion in damage last year, almost twice as much as 2016 globally. More than 9,500 people also died in natural disasters last year.


Source: United Nations International Strategy for Disaster Reduction

In France, for example, the national insurance companies’ federation released in December 2015 a rather disturbing study. They predict a doubling by 2040 of the bill of compensation related to floods and drought.

The risk is also present because of the increase in natural disasters. Floods are indeed the biggest risk. So it is important to be aware of this risk in order to manage crisis situations.
1 in 4 French people and one in 3 jobs in France are today potentially exposed to floods. It’s the main national major risk in terms of the number of municipalities concerned and in term of economic costs’ of disasters.

The Aude in France is a department hard hit by the phenomenon of flooding.
It was hit in 1999 very importantly, 35 people were killed after this disaster, national plans were adopted and an improvement of the weather forecast was initiated to manage the risks and to better inform the population.
However, we note in particular after the more recent events that took place in the same region in 2018 that few inhabitants are informed of reflexes to be in case of flood. The knowledge of these good gestures to have can save lives so it is essential to master them well in order to reduce the danger, limit the harmful consequences.


Damages in Trèbes city in France after major floods in 2018

Being aware of the risk

Awareness is the only real way to protect oneself from natural disasters. It helps to control certain aspects of risk. So for evacuation procedures, sheltering property and people it is critical to know what will come in order to be as effective as possible. Awareness will also allow better organization of the alert upstream and downstream the event. Risk awareness is the best way to master it.

However, we can ask ourselves, if there is a real understanding of the probability of risk repetition? Is damage after a disaster proof of powerlessness in the face of risk?

There is indeed a feeling of helplessness, of fatality in the face of risks; one does not have a real influence on these last ones. It is therefore difficult to project one, to visualize the risk and its consequences, hence the difficulty of preparing for it.
This difficulty in becoming aware of the risk increases the vulnerability of populations to risks
On average, 211 million people are directly affected each year by natural disasters, which is almost five times the number of conflict victims.
A recent report by the UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR) found that natural disasters have killed 1.3 million people over the last 20 years and left 4.4 billion people injured without shelter or in need of emergency assistance.
According to the UN agency based in Geneva, the economic losses related to climate disasters reached nearly 2245 billion dollars, or 77% of the amount of 2.908 billion dollars of damage recorded between 1998 and 2017.

To hedge against the risks

The awareness of the populations passes first by the states, and local authorities. They put in place action plans that will subsequently be disseminated to the population.
After each event, new measures are taken to ensure that the next incident has less impact. Thus the major floods in Aude in 1999 led the French government to rethink flood risk management. These floods had caused the death of 26 people as well as significant material damage.
Information and prevention are therefore essential to cope with risks. Thus, many plans have been put in place to reduce the consequences of floods. The PAPI (Flood Prevention Action Programs) created in 2003 in France reflect this desire to prevent the risk of flooding. PAPIs aim to reduce vulnerability to flood risk.
The same type of prevention exists in other European countries such as the UK.

The awareness of each citizen of the risk is therefore necessary to reduce the impact of disasters. In addition, the prevention plans put in place cannot be efficient without a collective awareness.

flood aude 2018

Fire, avalanche, hurricanes, earthquake, floods, there are lots of natural risks and they are more and more present in our everyday lives.

Currently 74% of French cities are highly exposed to a naturel risk. On a global perspective 2.2 billion of people were affected by a flooding episode between 1995 and 2015.  Flood is also the main natural risk.

There is a strong link between global warming and the numerous natural disasters.

So, what is global warming?

It’s a gradual increase in the overall temperature of the earth’s atmosphere generally attributed to the greenhouse effect caused by increased levels of carbon dioxide, CFCs, and other pollutants. This phenomenon is mostly due to humans’ activities.

Global warming causes many phenomena leading to an increase of the frequency and intensities of naturals disasters. The rise of water levels is due to melting ice, and accentuate consequently soils’ erosion, coastlines’ submersion, and finally a saturation and groundwater’s rises. The presence of these phenomena will cause an increase in the frequency of floods.

However, rising water levels are not the only factor increasing flooding. The torrential rains are causing rivers to overflow and causing floods of unseen magnitude as people caught by surprise have little time to evacuate their home. The damages caused by this type of devastating flood are highly important.

Floods are responsible for 40% of natural’s disasters casualties. Therefore, it’s a burning issue. In France floods caused 109 victims since 2003. However human loss and material damages are not the only consequences. To those issues we have to add the trauma for the survivors of these disasters.


Coastlines zones are mainly concerned due to their high proximity to oceans and sees. Indeed, the understanding of flood’s risk is a necessity. An optimal urban planning which incorporate solutions to face risks is as a matter of fact crucial. An optimal set up is very important in order to not exacerbate the vulnerabilities of the zones exposed to the risks.

Territories’ adaptability to climate change is therefore essential today.

However If Europe knows a recrudescence of these phenomena. It is all countries in the world and therefore all populations that are affected by the risk of flooding. So if we take the case of Bangladesh, a country in Southeast Asia, we see that environmental risks are at center of people’s lives as the country is exposed to multiple risks. The presence of many large rivers that cross the country makes it particularly vulnerable to floods. So every year the country has to face devastating floods.

Dacca, Bangladesh’s capital after a massive flooding in 2018 (France info)

Nevertheless to the human losses and to the material damages we have to add the survivor’s trauma caused by these natural phenomena. In fact since 2007 more than 8 million people have been displaced because of flooding.