Zurich Climate Prize Switzerland open for applications18.01.2016 08:51
The Zurich Climate Prize promotes sustainable projects from the three categories of buildings & housing, production & consumption and transport & mobility. The award involves 150’000 francs in prize money. Start-up companies can win a special prize.
Since 2011, the Zurich Insurance Company Ltd. has been honoring projects that make a sustainable contribution to climate protection with the Zurich Climate Prize Switzerland & Liechtenstein. It aims at promoting a dialogue on the complex subject of climate change. Zurich reinvests refunded CO2 steering tax contributions in the Zurich Climate Prize.
The first two cycles of this national competition in 2012 and 2014 were very successful. In 2014, 108 projects were submitted, each an important signal for the reduction of greenhouse emissions.
The Zurich Climate Prize Switzerland & Liechtenstein will be awarded for the third time in 2016.Projects are sought that contribute to reducing CO2 emissions by cutting resource consumption, increasing energy efficiency or bringing about changes in behavior.
The Zurich Climate Prize Switzerland & Liechtenstein is aimed at a very broad target group. Individuals, small and medium-sized enterprises, start-ups, regional authorities, institutions, associations and organizations as well as national and international companies may participate.
The three areas buildings & housing, production & consumption and transport & mobility have huge potential to reduce greenhouse gases, because the way we move, how we live and how we consume determines more than 87% of private greenhouse gas emissions.
- The "Buildings & Housing" category includes the entire value chain from planning of buildings and settlements through to the operation and use of the building. There is significant potential for the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions at all levels.
- The “Production and Consumption” category includes a wide range of strategic directions and measures that help to reduce the environmental impact of production and consumption. Both producers (especially industry and commerce) and households and consumers are addressed.
- The topic of Transport & Mobility includes vehicle design, commercial transport and logistics, mobility services, mobility management.
The Zurich Climate Prize Switzerland & Liechtenstein involves 150’000 francs in prize money. A main prize (CHF 50’000), three category prizes (CHF25’000 each), and a special prize for start-ups (CHF25’000) are awarded. Alongside the financial recognition, the winning projects will benefit from the publicity associated with the award and are supported in the communication of their achievements.
The call for projects has begun on January 14, 2016 and ends on June 10, 2016. More information can be found on the website of the Zurich Climate Prize Switzerland & Liechtenstein.