The Top 10 Sustainability Innovations of 2015

Published: Oct. 22, 2015

By DNV GL, for The Guardian

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Leasing models for baby clothes, pedestrian and bike-friendly streets in a bustling Indian city, and solar-charging hearing aids are just some of the innovations shortlisted for the 2015 Sustainia Award.

What are the coolest sustainability innovations we’ve seen this year? Think tank Sustainia this week revealed the 10 contenders for the award, which honours groundbreaking sustainability solutions from all over the world.

The Finalists

Winners to Be Announced at COP21

Former Governor of California Arnold Schwarzenegger will lead Sustainia’s Award Committee, comprising a judging panel of sustainability heavyweights.

There’s also a people’s choice award. Voting is open now for the public’s favourite innovation. The winner will receive the Sustainia Community Award.

Both winners will be announced during COP21 in Paris, at the Sustainia Award Ceremony on 6 December, 2015. World Climate Ltd will join in hosting the event, which will bring together innovators and performers from around the world to celebrate solutions for a sustainable tomorrow.

With the newly ratified Sustainable Development Goals and the negotiations for a binding new climate agreement at COP21, these 10 sustainability solutions show how we can shift talk into action today. The innovations are already available, and will become even more important as the world is increasingly defined by climate change – no matter the outcome of COP21.

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