This week, the Earthshot Award presented a “transparent guide” for start-up entrepreneurs and eco-innovators seeking to win one of five tranches of £ 1 million in grants through this year’s flagship funding scheme for Prince William’s Environment and Climate Awards.
Currently, a team of more than 350 “nominees” for the Earthshot Award from 80 countries is looking for “influential, inclusive and inspiring solutions to the world’s biggest environmental problems,” according to the prize fund’s organizers.
And as the second year of the prize scheme begins, key selection criteria and priorities for potential finalists were published on Wednesday to provide guidance on “turning points that we believe will be crucial to accelerating progress in rebuilding our planet in this crucial decade. “- said the organizers.
The five categories of the award include solutions aimed at: climate change mitigation, nature protection, waste reduction, air purification and ocean revitalization.
But in addition to these main areas of focus, the Roadmap identifies key filters that Earthshot Prize nominees use to cut contenders to 15 finalists and end up with just five winners, covering variety and decision-making stages.
“We pay special attention to solutions that go beyond the ideological stage, have tested them on the ground or with the audience, and are at a ‘turning point’ for scaling or replication,” the roadmap said. “We are also primarily looking for preventive solutions that can provide an alternative to harmful approaches, as well as those that can improve the systems we use today and innovations that help minimize the negative impact on people and the environment.”
The Earthshot Award also plans to update its criteria each year for potential winners, “to reflect what we see and learn from our unique perspective as a global engine of environmental innovation,” the report said.
Nominees can now apply until March 4. Following an independent evaluation process of all materials, managed by the Deloitte Award Partner, a long list of 30 decisions will be selected for consideration by a panel of high-ranking judges.
First launched last year by the Royal Foundation and the Duke of Cambridge, the inaugural group of five winners was announced in October 2021.
Winners included Costa Rica’s nationwide program to pay locals and participate in restoring natural ecosystems to indigenous communities, while New Delhi-based Takachar received funding for its technology that converts agricultural waste into fuel or fertilizer to prevent severe contamination by incineration or crop waste. .