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Winners of Zurich Climate Prize announced

19 April 2013
Winners of Zurich Climate Prize announced

LONDON: Switzerland-based Zurich Climate Prize has chosen three winners from 100 projects that were submitted to the sustainability competition, with SV Group winning a top prize of US$60,000.

The Zurich Climate Prize is organized by the Z Zurich Foundation and aims to honor projects which have an impact on reducing carbon dioxide emissions, improving energy and efficiency, or causing positive behavior change.

The projects were evaluated by a jury of sustainability experts, who announced the winners at an awards ceremony in Spreitenbach, Switzerland.

Low carbon winners

The project to win first place was ONE TWO WE by Swiss restaurant and event caterers SV Group, which was awarded over US$60,000. The project aims to cut down on goods transported by air as well as reduce energy use, meat and waste, by integrating low carbon practice into its management and operations.

A second place prize of US$40,000 was awarded to the Solécole cooperative, which was founded by pupils and a teacher at the Küsnacht cantonal school. The cooperative is operating its own solar power plant on the roof of the school, and hopes to be supplying the school's electricity needs completely from clean energy sources by 2020. 

Over US$20,000 was awarded to the third place winner, Coop by railCare Ltd which sets out to switch short distance goods-distribution processes from road to rail carriage, to match the lower carbon process that is used for long distance journeys. 

There were also special US$10,000 prizes awarded for specific projects in the areas of housing, consumption and mobility.

Success stories

Quoted in the Zurich Climate Prize brochure, Martin Senn, President of the Z Zurich Foundation said: “The Zurich Climate Prize is awarded to projects that are making a sustainable contribution to climate protection and to changing behavior. We are convinced that the challenge to people and society lies in recognizing future risks, assessing them correctly and taking precautions to minimize the negative impact of climate change wherever possible. In particular, we would like to promote dialogue that addresses this complex subject.”

Mark Kenber, CEO, The Climate Group, said: “Prizes and challenge schemes incentivize innovation and investment in climate positive projects and provide great publicity for low carbon success stories, which in turn inspires others. The Climate Group’s belief is that it is exactly by showcasing and celebrating success that we can build momentum for a Clean Revolution. Zurich’s Climate Prize is a superb model of business and society working together to encourage local climate change leadership.”

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