Curaçao Ecopark Selected as Leading Sustainable Solution

Jun 09, 2013

Paul

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London, United Kingdom, June 9, 2013

Today sees the launch of a new sustainability guide, Sustainia100, that identifies the most innovative sustainable solutions around the world. Curaçao Ocean Ecopark is selected as part of Sustainia100 for its positive social, economic and environmental impact on local communities. From Canada to Kenya, Guatemala to the Philippines, Sustainia100 presents the 100 most innovative and impactful solutions out of 500+ nominated projects and technologies.

It is an honor that the jury has selected our project in Curacao as one of the finalists. We are excited that the thermal potential of our oceans is being recognized as a major and clean resource for the production of renewable energy, fresh water and food. Tropical regions will account for a large share of global increases in energy demand. Providing a sustainable, scalable, and economical energy solution for these regions will address a major sustainability issue while serving as an incubator for Ocean Thermal Energy Conversion technology.” says Mr. Remi Blokker, CEO of Bluerise

Sustainia100 is a tool for investors, business leaders, decision makers and consumers as it provides insights to the most promising solutions at the forefront of sustainable transformation.

Erik Rasmussen, Founder of Sustainia: ”Congratulations to the selected 100 solutions. They are true action heroes of sustainability. In each their field, these solutions have proved that sustainable alternatives are not only available, but also attractive, competitive and successful. Each and every solution give us hope for a faster transformation to a sustainable future.

Award to the Best Solution

As a selected Sustainia100 solution, Curaçao Ocean Ecopark also enters the field of nominees for international sustainability award, Sustainia Award, chaired by former Governor of California, Arnold Schwarzenegger.

Mr. Schwarzenegger heads the selection jury that also includes former Prime Minister Gro Harlem Brundtland, EU Commissioner for Climate Action Connie Hedegaard and Chair of the UN climate panel, IPCC, Dr. Rajendra K. Pachauri. Connie Hedegaard, EU Commissioner for Climate Action: “It is really encouraging to see that new, innovative solutions continue to emerge in all parts of the world. Here is all the proof we need that sustainable solutions work, that they are profitable, desirable and successful. I look forward to awarding the best one at this year’s Sustainia Award Ceremony.”

The winner of Sustainia Award is announced at a ceremony in Copenhagen, November 7th, 2013. The EU Commissioner will furthermore reward the best European solution.

New Solutions and Trends in Sustainability

Research and data behind Sustainia100 reflect new market trends and developments. Increasingly, sustainable innovation acknowledges the importance of consumer behavior by giving users access to data that drive them to change their energy and fuel consumption. More and more, sustainable solutions are using big data analytics to lower waste. Selected solutions also include; waterless dyeing of fashion garments; intelligent streetlights and a virtual power plant. Sustainia100 identifies solutions within 10 sectors: Education, Energy, Health, Smart Cities, Resources, Buildings, Food, Fashion, Transportation and Information Technology.

Georg Kell, Executive Director, UN Global Compact: “It is very encouraging to see that Sustainia100 solutions show that the geography of sustainability innovation is global. Sustainia is demonstrating that a transformation towards a greener and more inclusive world is possible everywhere.”

Dr. Rajendra K. Pachauri, Chair of the UN climate panel, IPCC: “Sustainia100 raises awareness about the man-made effects on our environment by giving us 100 man-made solutions. Hence, the challenge of climate change is addressed through harnessing of technology, innovation and research available to the world. With this solution-based approach, Sustainia100 delivers a clear and comprehensive call for action to a broad audience of politicians and corporations as well as civil society.”

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The Sustainia 100 Guide

available for download here

Further information about Sustainia

Please contact Marie Louise Gorvild, Communications Manager, Sustainia

mlg@mm.dk / +45 3164 1050

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