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SDG Digital GameChangers Award

Category 2: Planet – Innovation for our climate and environment

Digital technology projects, applications, and policies can support ground-breaking innovation for a healthy and sustainable planet, helping to protect the environment, conserve natural resources, and build a more sustainable future for all.

Submissions in the Planet category included:
•    Digital monitoring systems to ensure clean and accessible water.
•    Smart technologies optimizing energy consumption and enabling renewable energy use.
•    Sustainable urban planning and smart city solutions to create liveable and resilient communities.
•    Digital applications to promote responsible consumption and waste management.
•    Technology solutions to mitigate climate change and foster climate resilience, digital innovations to preserve marine life and ecosystems, and digital, data-driven approaches to protect biodiversity and natural habitats.
•    Other cases of how digital can strengthen environmental protection, address climate change, and help preserve our planet’s health.

SDG Digital GameChangers Award Category 2: Planet
Category 2: Planet

Related SDGs

Goal 6: Clean Water and Sanitation
Goal 7: Affordable and Clean Energy
Goal 11: Sustainable Cities and Communities
Goal 12: Responsible Consumption and Production
Goal 13: Climate Action
Goal 14: Life Below Water
Goal 15: Life on Land
Goal 17: Partnerships for the Goals

Project Name: Multi-Task Observation Using Satellites and Kitchen Sinks
Organization: Center of Effective Global Action, UC Berkley, United States of America
Stakeholder Type: Academia

Simple tool called MOSAIKS (short for “Multi-Task Observation Using Satellites and Kitchen Sinks”) that transforms satellite imagery from almost anywhere on earth into summary information that can be used to predict a wide range of different outcomes  in a matter of minutes using a standard laptop computer. This improves the quality and frequency of information used by decision makers, particularly in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs) where accurate and timely data is often difficult, if not impossible, to come by. Examples of use case: Being able to comprehensively monitor deforestation, and provide a better assessment of  policies to protect forests and the communities
Project Name: Wastezon
Organization: Wastezon Ltd, Rwanda
Stakeholder Type: Private Sector

Wastezon developed an integrated digital solution that sources e-waste and facilitates refurbishment to obtain either; quality-vetted second-hand devices for consumers or secondary raw materials for manufacturers. By tracing and refurbishing over 510 tons of electronic waste, we digitised over 3000 Rwandan households and generated 10 tons of varying raw materials for manufacturers and recyclers. Our solution creates a holistic system response to e-waste pollution, digital exclusion, and virgin extractive mining.

Impact: traced and refurbished over 510 tons of e-waste materials and digitised over 3000 Rwandan households, impacting over 15500 consumers that joined digitalisation.
Plant-for-the-Planet platform
Plant-for-the-Planet Foundation, Germany — [Civil Society]
Intelligent AI-based Fish Filtering System to Prevent the Extinction of Atlantic Salmon
Huawei Technologies Norway, Norway — [Private Sector]
Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions for Hard to Abate Industries
LivNSense Technologies Private Limited, India — [Private Sector]
AIS E-Waste+ Application
AIS, Thailand — [Private Sector]
Smart waste tracking and analytics data platform
Xworks Tech, United Kingdom — [Private Sector]
CASSETEX- The Android of Light Electric Mobility Energy Infrastructure
Advanced Dynamics Limited, Bangladesh — [Private Sector]
Tana River Climate Change & Livelihoods Restoration Project (T-CLIRP)
Ushahidi Inc., Kenya — [Civil Society]
ECOclicko Game Hub, Tunisia — [Academia/ Technical Community]
Wastezon, Rwanda — [Private Sector]
Multi-Task Observation Using Satellites and Kitchen Sinks (MOSAIKS)
Center for Effective Global Action (CEGA), UC Berkeley, United States of America — [Academia/ Technical Community]

Jury members

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Vanessa Gray

Head, Environment and Emergency Telecommunications, International Telecommunication Union (ITU)
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Reina Otsuka

Digital Innovation Lead for Nature, Climate and Chemicals & Waste, United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)
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Stefan Gross-Selbeck

Managing Director & Senior Partner, BCG X, Berlin
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Shivam Kishore

Senior Advisor for Digital Transformation, United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP)