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Take your “EARTHSHOT” – people in Scotland invited to nominate their work for 2022 prize

Zero Waste Scotland is calling on communities, people, and businesses in Scotland, who are leading the fight against climate change, to enter 2022’s 'The Earthshot prize' - to be in with a chance of winning £1 million and access to unique support to help further their pioneering work.

31 Jan 22

Launched by Prince William and The Royal Foundation in October 2020, The Earthshot Prize is the most prestigious global environment prize in history. It’s designed to incentivise and inspire change that will help repair our planet over the next eight years.  

Now in its second year, the Prize will see over 300 organisations from more than 80 countries - representing not-for-profit, foundation, investment, corporate, academic, governmental, and community led organizations - scope their expert networks and communities to find truly ground-breaking eco-solutions that can repair and regenerate the planet. 

Following a rigorous assessment process, a longlist of 30 nominations will progress to the selection stage - supported by a panel of independent experts and the prestigious Earthshot Prize Council, comprised of Prince William, Sir David Attenborough, Shakira, Christiana Figueres, and others.  

During an exciting awards ceremony, broadcast globally at the end of the year, five nominees will be awarded £1 million each, along with a chance to access a unique platform of support from global experts who can help them further develop their initiatives.   

In exciting news for 2022, The Earthshot Prize team have appointed Zero Waste Scotland as official nominators and have tasked the not-for-profit environmental organisation with identifying the most impactful solutions across all sectors - from grassroots to businesses - in Scotland.  

Zero Waste Scotland exists to lead the nation, and beyond, to use products and resources responsibly, focusing on where can have the greatest impact on climate change. As a leading environmental organisation, we work closely with the Scottish Government, businesses, and the public, to help achieve a more circular economy. 

Entrants have until 0001hrs on Thursday 17th February 2022 to submit their entries before the independent assessment process, run by Deloitte (the implementation partner of The Earthshot Prize) begins on 4 March, 2022. 

Those looking to enter should visit the Zero Waste Scotland website to check they meet The Earthshot Prize’s nomination criteria. If yes, they can fill out an application which will then be sent to the Zero Waste Scotland team for consideration. 

On being invited to nominate people in Scotland for 2022’s Prize, Iain Gulland, CEO of Zero Waste Scotland, said: “This is a tremendous and significant moment for people in Scotland, as well as Zero Waste Scotland. To be specifically invited to enter 2022’s The Earthshot Prize - alongside dozens of fellow world-leaders focusing on tackling climate change - is a great reflection on the pioneering work we, as a nation, are already doing. Zero Waste Scotland has long-been beating the drum for the ingenious and exciting work of citizens, communities, and businesses across Scotland, and to be able to help showcase their work on a global platform is a real honour. We encourage as many people as possible to submit their work to us over the next two weeks, to be in with the chance of winning life-changing – and earth-saving – support.”  

Opening nominations for The Earthshot Prize 2022, Prince William said: “The 2021 Winners and finalists have set the bar incredibly high. As the nominations for 2022 open, I can’t wait to see what solutions the Prize helps to champion this coming year. In 2022, we are determined to go further by seeking even more nominations from every corner of the world, ensuring that we spotlight and scale the very best ideas and innovations that will put our planet on a sustainable path and protect our world for generations to come.” 

Last year, Earthshot solutions included coral reef farming, pioneering green hydrogen, entrepreneurial technology providing access to electricity in energy-poor countries, a city-wide food programme to eliminate waste, and a country-wide policy to halt deforestation and protect the rainforest. 

October’s £1 million prize was awarded to the City of Milan, in the “Build a Waste Free World” category, for their incredible efforts in enforcing a city-wide food waste policy, encompassing public agencies, food banks, charities, universities, and private businesses. Today, the city has three Food Waste Hubs, each recovering about 130 tonnes of food per year or 350 kg per day, an estimated 260,000 meals equivalent. 

Based on extensive research and consultation, each of the five Earthshots has three areas of focus known to be key ‘tipping points’ which have the potential to generate significant impact in the next five years, including personal transportation, regenerative agriculture, future-fit buildings, and extending the life of fashion, food and plastic products.  

The Prize is seeking nominations in these areas, and will also prioritise indigenous, and women-led solutions, Web3.0 enabled solutions, nominations that unlock new financial models which value nature, and, finally, bold and innovative solutions that have the potential to make real, transformative, impact.

The Earthshot Prize uses five filters for assessing each nomination: 

  • Type of Intervention – Prevention, restoration and adaptation.
  • Diversity of Nominations – Including any country or sector, an individual, teams, organisations, governments or a group of organisations.
  • Stage of Solution – Solutions that are beyond idea stage, with working prototypes or proven effectiveness, ready to be scaled or replicated rapidly within the next five years.
  • Characteristics of Nominations – Inspiring, inclusive and impactful with the ability to spark the imagination, build equity and human benefits, and have proven and scalable impact against the Earthshots.
  • Key enablers – Leveraging democratised data technologies, new financial and legal mechanisms, or are led by women and indigenous voices. 



Notes For Editors

  • Launched by Prince William and The Royal Foundation in October 2020, The Earthshot Prize is the most prestigious global environment prize in history 

  • Prize Council includes Sir David Attenborough, Shakira, and Christiana Figueres 

  • £1 million prize will be awarded to five brightest “eco-innovators” in the world 

  • Zero Waste Scotland assigned as Official Nominator in first-ever call to action for businesses and communities in Scotland 

  • Entries close at 0001hrs Thursday 17th February 2022 

About Zero Waste Scotland: 

Zero Waste Scotland exists to lead Scotland to use products and resources responsibly, focusing on where we can have the greatest impact on climate change.   

Using evidence and insight, our goal is to inform policy, and motivate individuals and businesses to embrace the environmental, economic, and social benefits of a circular economy.   

We are a not-for-profit environmental organisation, funded by the Scottish Government and European Regional Development Fund. 

More information on all Zero Waste Scotland’s programmes can be found at https://www.zerowastescotland.org.uk.  You can also keep up to date with the latest from Zero Waste Scotland via our social media channels - Twitter | Facebook | LinkedIn 

The Scottish Government is the Managing Authority for the European Structural Funds 2014-20 Programme. For further information visit our website or follow @scotgovESIF. 

About The Earthshot Prize: 

Created by Prince William and The Royal Foundation, The Earthshot Prize is the most exciting global environment prize in history, designed to discover and scale the best solutions to repair our planet over the next 10 years. Inspired by President John F. Kennedy’s Moonshot which united millions of people around the goal of reaching the moon, The Earthshot Prize aims to catalyse an Earthshot challenge to urgently encourage and scale environmental innovations that can help put the world firmly on a trajectory towards a stable climate, where communities, oceans & biodiversity thrive in harmony by 2030. The five Earthshot challenges are: Protect and Restore Nature; Clean our Air; Revive our Oceans; Build a Waste-free World; and Fix our Climate. 

The Prize is an urgent call to action to the world and aims to turn the current pessimism surrounding 

environmental issues into optimism, by championing inspiring leadership and helping to scale incredible cutting-edge solutions. It will discover 50 winners over 10 years with the power to repair the planet. In October 2021 the inaugural Earthshot Prize awards ceremony was held in London hosted by Dermot O’Leary and Clara Amfo and included performances from Coldplay, Ed Sheeran and Yemi Alade. 

About The Royal Foundation of The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge: 

The Royal Foundation mobilises leaders, businesses and people so that together we can address society’s greatest challenges. Led by The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, our work is built on worldclass research, long-term partnerships, and measurable, scalable impact. 

The Earthshot Prize Council: 

The Prize is backed by The Earthshot Prize Council, a truly global team of influential individuals from a wide range of different sectors, all of whom are committed to championing positive action in the environmental space. Every year from 2021 until 2030, The Earthshot Prize Council will award The Earthshot Prize to five Winners, one per Earthshot. 

The Earthshot Expert Advisory Panel: 

A shortlist of nominations are assessed by an Expert Advisory Panel, who make recommendations on the Prize Winners to the Prize Council. The Expert Advisory Panel is a crucial stage in the selection process that adds a further layer of independence and rigour, bringing together expertise from science, conservation, innovation, investment, economics, politics, communications and activism. 

This extensive and varied experience allows the panel to make an informed and holistic assessment on the diverse set of Finalists and advise on which nominations will have the greatest impact and should, therefore, be awarded The Earthshot Prize. 

About The Earthshot Prize Global Alliance: 

The Earthshot Prize is supported by its Global Alliance, an unprecedented network of organisations worldwide which share the ambition of the Prize. Within the Global Alliance are: 

The Global Alliance Founding Partners are a group of leading global organisations and philanthropists which act as strategic funding partners to the Prize, including Aga Khan Development Network, Bezos Earth Fund, Bloomberg Philanthropies, Breakthrough Energy Foundation, Coleman Family Ventures, DP World in partnership with Dubai EXPO 2020, Holch Povlsen Foundation, Jack Ma Foundation, Marc and Lynne Benioff, Paul G. Allen Family Foundation and Rob & Melani Walton Foundation. 

Global Alliance Partners are non-profit environment and sustainable development organisations that bring expertise, global reach and serve as nominating organisations each year. For full list see website: Global Alliance - Earthshot Prize.

Global Alliance Members are some of the world’s largest and most influential companies and brands who will support The Earthshot Prize, implement ambitious changes within their businesses and accelerate the advancement of the solutions of Prize Finalists and Winners. They are: Arup, Bloomberg L.P., Deloitte, Herbert Smith Freehills, Hitachi, Ingka Group (IKEA), Microsoft, The Multichoice Group, Natura &Co, Safaricom, Salesforce, Unilever, Vodacom Group, Walmart. 

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