From which planet are you from?
I am a citizen of the world! And also I am French. I was born in the South of France and raised in Paris. But I consider the whole world to be home to everyone.
What is the best thing about Berlin?
Definitely, summer in Berlin is the best. And gluhwein in winter. But more seriously, Berlin has this extraordinary energy, that is attracting people from all over the world, with crazy stories to tell and smart minds with innovative ideas.
How did you find yourself working for a climatech startup? And why did you want to be part of the Cozero journey?
I met Cozero during my last year of Master’s for a student project. I directly enjoyed working with the team as the tasks were challenging and I could feel the energy and motivation they were conveying to my student team. It was a real exchange of knowledge and experience. Therefore, it was logical for me to carry on working with them and push the Cozero project further.
Also, as a student in sustainable management, the vision and mission of Cozero fit completely to what I was looking for. These guys are so ambitious and they always try to make everyday counts, which is in my perspective the essential ingredient for a successful startup to grow over time. I think that these mindsets are what we really need to change the status quo - “business as usual”.
What is the most interesting project you worked on?
One of the challenges that the whole sustainability issue is generally facing is the lack of knowledge. Lack of knowledge gives space to fake news and skepticism which are holding back the sustainable transition of our economies. I always considered that knowledge should be available and free. And this should be even more the case for sustainability: to give means to people to understand the world and its ecosystems - the place they call home.
Therefore, I wanted to include this dimension inside Cozero as well. We indeed provide knowledge to our users about the product and methodologies for carbon accounting, but we missed something more attractive, more sparkling. We felt that creating an Academy could be a really awesome idea to engage with our users on another level and provide them with deeper knowledge around carbon management: knowledge they would be able to use outside the scope of Cozero as well.
Because at the end of the day, what matters most is how many companies start their transition and actually decrease their carbon footprint. For that, we need people to learn and share information to be able to spread the message in their network and create a greater impact.
Building the Academy was a real challenge and a super exciting experience. It takes a lot of time to understand the scope you want to give it: decide which information to provide, how to structure it in an attractive way and which level of detail and complexity to give it. After collecting feedback from the team, we created a first class for the Academy around the topic of calculating carbon emissions. The funniest part was to film myself giving an actual class with slides, I really felt like a professor.
With this project, I think Cozero will be able to reach more people that are interested in carbon management and that are looking for information needed to start their sustainable transition.
What makes Cozero special for you in one word?
The people: being able to collaborate all towards a goal that unifies us is very motivating and rewarding.
Can you tell us a bit about your journey into sustainability?
I still have so much to learn. Sustainability is a never ending road and that’s what makes it so interesting and exciting.
How did I come into studying sustainability? I guess I was looking for a purpose, for a goal, and when I discovered that you could actually study sustainability, I felt inside my head that this was going to be a good fit with my values. And I was right!
What do you do everyday to make the world a better place?
My main achievement of 2021 is that I am slowly moving from flexitarianism to vegetarianism. I have learnt that the impact of meat is really huge and can be sold so easily - my favorite restaurant in Berlin is actually vegan!
I also started to buy more and more second hand clothes. Even if I was never into buying a lot of things, it’s an easy way to reduce your carbon footprint. And I like the idea that these clothes had a life before which is giving them a soul.
What is your deepest unsustainable secret?
I have a secret addiction to avocado. Avocado has an enormous carbon footprint because of the water used to produce it and the transport emissions depending on where they come from (mostly Africa and South America).
What is your utopia of the world in 1 sentence?
A world in which no sustainability is the new status quo and cinnamon roll the new croissant.
Give us two truths and one lie about yourself
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