From plant-based beef burgers to pay-as-you-go solar energy, it’s evident that tomorrow’s world is already here. These are just two of the ten most innovative solution finalists which will be celebrated at the annual Sustainia Award Ceremony, taking place on 3 November in Copenhagen.
Now in its fifth year, the Sustainia Award Ceremony is an international event that showcases and celebrates outstanding performance within sustainability. It is hosted by leading sustainability firm Sustainia, which has tracked more than 4,500 solutions to date from all over the world.
The ten finalists have been selected from the 2016 Sustainia100, published earlier this year, which showcases 100 solutions for a cleaner, greener and fairer future. The final nominees represent ten sectors, ranging from food to fashion, and are also mapped against the impact they make on the Sustainable Development Goals. The final solutions represent the new global context of sustainable innovation, as they are developed and deployed in five continents including countries like Peru, Korea and Afghanistan.
Morten Nielsen, Managing Director of Sustainia, said:
“As the world’s leaders have dispersed from the United Nations General Assembly, and we gear up for COP22, these finalists are a vital reminder that sustainable action is already underway. We, rightly, demand more from our politicians, but we must also focus our energy on the difference we can all make. These ten solutions show that innovation isn’t limited by geography, age, power or passion – these are the things that will help us realize our sustainable future.
All ten finalists are eligible for two award categories. The Sustainia Award is selected by the Sustainia Award Committee, led by Arnold Schwarzenegger; and the Community Award is selected by public vote. Anyone can vote for their favourite Community Award finalist, by visiting the Sustainia website.
This year’s Sustainia Award Ceremony comes at a time of mounting interest amongst global leaders for solutions to the world’s biggest challenges, across all sectors. This is something Sustainia seeks to consolidate through a new partnership with the UN Global Compact. Building on the five-year success of the Sustainia100, the two organizations have made a commitment to build a dynamic digital platform for global sustainable solutions, called the Global Solutions Platform. The new platform will launch in early 2017 and will provide a single access point to the most innovative solutions, through the click of a button.
For more information about the ten finalists for the Sustainia Award Ceremony, and for the chance to vote for the Community Award winner, visit http://www.sustainia.me/sustainia-action-forum/vote/
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The ten finalists for the 2016 Sustainia Award:
Sustainia helps public and private organizations create a more sustainable tomorrow, building on the solutions available today. As a world leader in navigating the new market opportunities for the Sustainable Development Goals and with a database of more than 4,500 cutting-edge innovations, Sustainia‘s mission is to innovate the business models of the future. Sustainia is supported by strategic partners R20 and UN Global Compact, and is incubated by Monday Morning.
Sustainia100 is an annual guide to 100 innovative sustainability solutions from around the world. The guide identifies readily available projects, initiatives and technologies at the forefront of sustainable innovation. It gives investors, business leaders, policy makers and consumers insights into promising solutions within their respective fields. The innovations are screened and selected by independent sustainability experts from 20 international research organizations including Yale University, WWF, Acumen, and Ellen MacArthur Foundation. The Sustainia100 publication is kindly sponsored by Realdania.
About the Sustainia Award Ceremony
The Sustainia Award Ceremony is an international event that celebrates significant performance within sustainability. The Sustainia Award and Community Award are given to a solution, technology or project with a significant potential to help build a more sustainable future. The Sustainia Award winner is selected by the Sustainia Award Committee, led by former Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger and including the former Former European Commissioner for Climate Action, Connie Hedegaard, and Executive Director of the UN Global Compact, Lise Kingo. The Community Award is selected by a public vote.