ESIL Sustainable fuels & chemicals challenge

Supported by Johnson Matthey

Up to 2,000,000 NIS Equity Investment and possible follow-on investments.*
A visit to the Johnson Matthey Technology Center in Redding, UK.
Technology POC or  pilot at a Johnson Matthey facility, as applicable.
50 advisory hours from Johnson Matthey’s experts on commercial, technical, operational topics.

*According to the terms of the Israel Innovation Authority Track #29

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The Challenge:

The chemicals industry currently accounts for 18% of the world’s CO2 emissions. Demand for primary chemicals is expected to grow by 25% by 2030.

Decarbonisation and reducing CO2 emissions is a vital component of facing climate change head on and transitioning to net zero economy

This transition will require technologies to both reduce carbon through process optimization and integration of carbon capture,storage, utilization technologies as well as the replacement of fossil-based carbon energy and feedstocks for more sustainable options.

We are looking for innovative start-ups at TRL 3-7,
focused on technologies that reduce the lifecycle impact
in chemicals and fuel production

Focus areas: ​

Reducing the carbon intensity of chemical and fuel processes

Integration of renewable feedstocks and energy sources

Technologies that address upstream challenges

Enabling co-processing of renewable and conventional hydrocarbon feedstocks

Carbon Capture, Usage and Storage (CCUS)

Conversion of CO₂ and other off gases into valuable end products or services

Use of non-conventional methods to deliver greener processes and products

Ideally platinum group metal (PGM) based and could include biocatalytic, electrochemical, photocatalytic, plasmonic activation methods.

Circular Economy

Integration of circularity into the process chain towards intermediates and end products, chemicals, and fuels.

Why apply to the challenge?

  • Opportunity for an investment to scale your company
  • Partner with a world leading chemical company
  • Professional consulting and mentoring from our world-class experts
  • Potential access to Johnson Matthey sites for fast “Build Measure Learn” cycles

Who are we?

ESIL (Environmental Sustainability Innovation Lab) is a venture lab investing in climate tech startups. It is a joint venture of Bazan Group, EDF Renewables, and Johnson Matthey, and through these co-founders and other strategic partners, accelerates startup growth towards commercialization. ESIL operates as a platform for establishing sustainable innovation solutions. It connects industries looking for green technology solutions with Israeli climate tech entrepreneurs and startups developing innovative solutions to environmental problems. 

Our challenge partners

Johnson Matthey is a global leader in sustainable technologies, catalysing the net zero transition. With over 200 years of sustained commitment to innovation and technological breakthroughs, we improve the performance, function, and safety of our customers’ products. Our science has a global impact in areas such as low emission transport, energy, chemical processing and making the most efficient use of the planet’s natural resources. Today, about 13,000 Johnson Matthey professionals collaborate with our network of customers and partners to make a real difference to the world around us.

The British Embassy in Israel promotes business, trade, innovation, and research between the UK and Israel.
Through the work of our expert teams, we oversee the UK-Israel trade worth billions of dollars annually, support hundreds of companies and startups from both countries, and fund numerous bilateral research initiatives. 


Launching the ESIL Sustainable Fuels and Chemicals Challenge
Deadline for application
Announcement of winner

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Judging Panel

Amir Horowitz


Roni Elhalal

Head of Partnerships and Operations

Reut Barkan

Head of business development

Eliko Angel

Environmental Technologist

Pierre Kohn

EDF Renewables Israel

Dr. Peter Hinde

Alternative Activation Lead
Johnson Matthey

Hadar huberman

Clean Growth Sector Lead
UK Israel Tech Hub

Suzanne Ellis

Innovation and Strategic Foresights Director
Johnson Matthey