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The world’s best green innovation honoured at Sustainia Award 2013

The Sustainia Award winner 2013, TaKaDu

Israeli company TaKaDu was announced winner of Sustainia Award 2013 yesterday in Copenhagen.

In front of an audience of more than 1,000 guests Sustainia, a partner organisation of the IFHP, celebrated sustainability at a show bringing together art, politics and business. The award honoring the world’s best sustainability innovation was rewarding TaKaDu’s technology to reduce water distribution loss. 


The solutions already exist
It is the second year in a row the Sustainia Award is given to a project with a potential to help build a more sustainable future. The winner is chosen from the ‘Sustainia 100’ - 100 readily available solutions with positive social, environmental and economic impacts on local communities. “We can set the globe on a more sustainable track – many of the solutions are already out there”, EU Commissioner, Connie Hedegaard, explained when she spoke at the event.  In line with Sustainia's philosophy, she stressed how serious rethinking is necessary and that we need to acknowledge how technology, growth and ecology go hand in hand.


Local initiatives
Sustainia believes change is created bottom-up and wishes to raise awareness of the many people, companies, communities and organizations that have created and implemented innovative sustainability solutions with a great positive impact. “We need innovation and grassroots initiatives to lead the way”, explained IPCC Chair, Dr. Rajendra K. Pachauri, focusing on the viable local initiatives from across the globe. He was backed up by Laura Storm, Executive Director of Sustainia: “By presenting tangible green alternatives, we show companies and consumers that they can be part of the solution. It’s time to make people part of the solution.“


Speaking the same language
Based on know-how and technology, it is Sustainia’s ambition to demonstrate the sustainable future we could achieve if we work together across sectors. The founder of Sustainia, Erik Rasmussen, used the analogy of a joint journey to a green future that will only happen if we speak the same language. “We need an alliance between art, politics and business to be able to drive change forward”, he explained, right before the rapper Stick ‘Dead Press’ was invited to the scene to emphasise the link between music and a sustainable future.

Photo: Sustainia Award 2013 hosted by Sustania’s Executive Director, Laura Storm, and Director of Business Development, Christopher Sveen.


This year’s winner
At the end of the show this year’s winner of Sustainia Awards ‘TaKaDu’ was announced. The company safeguards earth’s water by retrieving and monitoring large sets of data from sensors in the water networks and analysing them in real-time. “Tonight’s award winner is an excellent solution to how we can optimize our most valuable resource: Water”, said Dr. Rajendra K. Pachauri, who presented the winner in Copenhagen. Besides the main award a Community Award was given to ‘Liter of Light’ who redesigns solar lighting for the developing world with a simple lamp made out of plastic bottles.


  • The Sustainia Award is initiated by Copenhagen-based sustainability think tank, Sustainia, in collaboration with Arnold Schwarzenegger’s initiative Regions20, UN Global Compact and the EU Commission. Behind Sustainia is also a wide range of companies including Novo Nordisk, Philips Lighting, Cisco, DNV, Realdania and Microsoft.
  • The 100 solutions are listed in the “Sustainia100”-catalogue that provides an annual overview of global sustainability solutions. From the list of 100 solutions, the Sustainia secretariat shortlists 10 finalists.
  • More than 500 projects and technologies from 79 countries were submitted for the Sustainia Award 2013.
  • Publication on the 10 nominated Sustainia Award finalists
  • For more information on Sustainia