ENERGY GLOBE WORLD AWARDS 2018
Energy Globe World Award winners announced
Representatives of 16 outstanding environmental organizations from 15 countries just met in Yazd, Iran for the Energy Globe Award ceremony, accompanied by a conference “Sustainable Town and Cities”. Five of them became the Energy Globe World Award winners in five different categories, receiving one of the highest prizes in the sustainability area for their work.
“Each year we are humbled and grateful to receive so many applications from all over the world. And despite 19 years of experience and understanding that technology is advancing, we are still so surprised to see how the quality of the applications and solutions to our environmental problems grows,” says Wolfgang Neumann, the founder of the Energy Globe Foundation.
German research consortium C3 and its project Carbon concrete – economical, sustainable, attractive won in the category Earth. Their carbon reinforced concrete offers a great and sustainable alternative in the very traditional construction industry.
Solar Freeze from Kenya won in the category Fire. Their portable solar powered cold storage for smallholder farmers offers a sustainable solution to the huge losses of harvest in the developing countries that farmers endure because of bad storage. Their units increase the durability of food ten 10 times.
Sankalpa Rural Development Society from India has invented a method to recharge bore wells with the previously harvested rainwater, which the international jury awarded as the winning project in the category Water. Their technology is a solution to the sinking groundwater levels and water- and food undersupply due to the non-sustainable cultivation.
GERES from Afghanistan won in the category Air. Its Central Highland Program: Energy Saving Solutions in Rural Afghanistan provides various solutions for isolating homes, thus significantly reducing the energy consumption and emissions, as well as deforestation as wood is still a very common source of fuel in this country.
One More Generation from the US with their OneLessStraw campaign convinced the jury and won in the category Youth. Two teenagers Olivia and Carter Ries have been extremely successful at battling the increasing amount of plastic waste in our oceans by offering schools, restaurants, hotels, airlines and venues simple ways to stop using plastic straws.
In addition to the five winners, the REWE International AG and its project Ja, natürlich! Green Packaging received Energy Globe World Award of Honour for their efforts to reduce plastic waste in the retail.
Cities of Espoo and Yazd were honoured in the special category Sustainable cities for unique implementation of sustainability.
Energy Globe, a private Austrian initiative, celebrates its 20th anniversary. The success of this initiative is visible in its database with over 20 000 sustainable projects, all of which offer different solutions to our environmental problems.