- Austria - Ja! Natürlich Green Packaging
- Carbonbeton - sparsam, schonend, schön.
- Restorative Agriculture with the Seawater Greenhouse
- Beyond Energy Neutrality – Ejby Molle Wastewater Treatment Plant
- Portable Solar Powered Cold Storage for Smallholder Farmers in Kenya for Postharvest Handling.
- Solar for Productive Use for Small and Medium Sized Enterprises (SMEs) in Africa.
- Rainwater Harvesting through Borewell Recharge
- Rain City
- Safe Water for Every Child, Philippines
- C-ION micropollutants removal from treated sewage
- Central Highland Program: Energy Saving Solutions in Rural Afghanistan
- Village Base Customer Acquisition Program
- Reducing Methane Emissions from Rice Farming
Energy Globe World Awards 2018
Finalist in the category Earth
The project aims to gradually depart from using plastic. Vegetables and fruits are packed in cellulose films instead of plastic ones. Plastic cups have been replaced by paper cups, vegetable mesh and labels are made from biodegradable natural fibers. Since the stepwise transition away from the plastic 380 tons of plastic have been saved. In 2016 alone, this campaign saved 87 tons of plastic.
Plastic is an excellent raw material for many different products. However, it is also necessary to collect and recycle plastic, which is not always done. Therefore, about 50 million tons of plastic waste are currently floating in our oceans. A lot of it is one-way packaging. However, packaging cannot be fully avoided in retail. Goods must be protected during the transportation and handling in the shop. Furthermore, there are hygiene, labelling and storage reasons, which prevent making packaging in retail obsolete. Thus, it is essential to design alternative packaging models, especially for food.
Rewe International has introduced a new product packaging line “Ja! Natürlich”, which includes several types of packaging for fruits and vegetables without using “conventional” plastic. The raw materials used in this packaging are renewable, and 100% free from gene technology. The current packaging materials used by the company are cellulose films, meshes made of biodegradable natural fibers, and boxes made of cellulose and grass.
Out of all the new materials used by Rewe International, boxes made of cellulose and grass are the biggest innovation. The company was the first in the industry to successfully test this sustainable material in Austria. The company is trying to find new solutions for the packaging issues to have less negative impact on our environment. It is currently testing laser labelling on avocados, avoiding the packaging completely.
Project: Austria - Ja! Natürlich Green Packaging
Applicant: REWE International AG
Project: Carbonbeton - sparsam, schonend, schön.
Applicant: C³-Carbon Concrete Composite e. V.
Project: Restorative Agriculture with the Seawater Greenhouse
Applicant: Seawater Greenhouse