Joachim Masur, CEO Zurich Switzerland: «GemeindePower is a ground-breaking pro-ject for the whole of Switzerland. It shows how a community can remain independent and keep value added in the village. We heartily congratulate Hohentannen for this achievement.»
The electric trucks are on their way
Free home delivery of stored solar energy
What should you do with empty batteries? Take them back to the shop and buy more. Or get them collected by Batte.re. The start-up company charges the empty batteries using solar power and returns them by bike to the customer. Very practical. And, in any case, cheaper than buying new batteries. The jury has placed Batte.re in third place and awarded it CHF 20,000.
- The four special prizes of CHF 10,000 each are awarded to:
Buildings & Housing
- «Zernez Energia 2020»: The community of Zernez is
applying the latest research results to serve climate protection.
Production & Consumption
- Myclimate Foundation: The project «Klimawerkstatt» is
enabling students to realize their own ideas for protecting the climate.
Transport & Mobility
- Bikesharing velospot: Now you can jump into the saddle
on the spur of the moment and drop off your hired bike
again at any station.
Special start-up prize
- The start-up company ImagineCargo is offering an ingenious alternative to traditional courier services.
Using bike and rail, it is revolutionizing the sending of packages and significantly reducing CO2 output.
New record in the number of projects
With the 108 projects submitted from all over Switzerland and Liechtenstein, the Cli-mate Prize 2014 is celebrating a new record. «Switzerland is full of great ideas. Ideas that are hatched in Switzerland and Liechtenstein are evidence of a great spirit of innovation,» says Joachim Masur, CEO Zurich Switzerland. Since the first invitation to enter in 2009, almost 400 projects have been submitted. «I am impressed by the range and quality of the projects. This shows the determination of the people of Switzerland and Liechtenstein to tackle climate change in an impressive way.»
The total of CHF 150,000 in prize money honors projects that make a contribution to climate protection. The jury headed by ETH professor René Schwarzenbach makes independent decisions about the prize winners. Three main prizes and four special prizes are awarded. The winners were announced on November 26, 2014, in the Umwelt Arena in Spreitenbach.
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