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Press release: Open call for EMEC Earthshot nominations

The Earthshot Prize official nominator

The search for the 2022 winners of The Earthshot Prize has begun.

The European Marine Energy Centre (EMEC) is proud to be an Official Nominator for The Earthshot Prize.

Launched in 2020 by Prince William and Sir David Attenborough, with the first winners announced in October 2021, The Earthshot Prize is the most prestigious global environment prize in history, aiming to find new solutions to the world’s biggest environmental problems.

Five £1 million prizes will be awarded each year for the next ten years, providing at least 50 solutions to the world’s greatest environmental problems by 2030. The Earthshot Prize aims to inspire a decade of action, convening the environmental world with funders, businesses and individuals to maximise impact, take solutions to scale, celebrate the people and places driving change, and inspire people all over the world to work together to repair the planet.

EMEC has been invited to join the list of official nominators following a visit to Orkney by Prince William and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, in May last year when the royals were introduced to some of the world-leading decarbonisation innovations taking place in Orkney.

As an Official Nominator, EMEC is one of over 300 organisations from around the world, invited to identify the most impactful solutions, from grassroots to businesses, and submit nominations across the five Earthshot categories:

Five Earthshots

EMEC has been asked to nominate individuals, communities, businesses and organisations whose solutions make tangible progress towards achieving the five Earthshots. Solutions should be beyond idea stage, have been tested in-field or with target audiences, and are at a ‘tipping point’ for scaling their impact within the next five years.

In 2022 additional weighting is being put on preventative solutions that provide an alternative to approaches that cause harm to the environment and address the source of the problem.


Open call: do you have an incredible solution?

If you have a solution that is inspiring, inclusive and impactful, please complete the nomination form and email it to earthshot@emec.org.uk by 12 noon, Monday 21 February 2022.

Earthshot Prize Nomination Form

Nominations can only be submitted to The Earthshot Prize by Official Nominators. EMEC will evaluate all applications submitted and, following internal review, will submit the most impactful applications to the Earthshot evaluation committee.

After nominations are submitted to The Earthshot Prize, they are screened as part of a rigorous assessment process culminating in selection of five winners by the Earthshot Prize Council.

Finalists and winners are given an incredible platform to amplify their work, as well as tailored support from The Earthshot Prize and its network of NGOs, businesses, governments, funders and expert mentors. The five winners also receive a one-of-a-kind award and a £1 million grant to scale their impact.

You can find out more about the Prize, EMEC’s role as an Official Nominator, and the five-stage process to selecting winners at www.earthshotprize.org.

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