2016 UNFCCC Momentum for Change Award – Winners Announced

Thirteen innovative initiatives from around the world were announced as winners of the UNFCCC's Momentum for Change climate change award.

Momentum for Change is an initiative started by the UN Climate Change secretariat to bring more attention to activities that are helping the world move towards a resilient, low-carbon future. The Momentum for Change initiative recognizes innovative and transformative solutions that address both climate change and wider economic, social and environmental challenges. These solutions are called "Lighthouse Activities", activities which are extremely practical and scalable and easy to replicate.

On 29 September 2016, winners of the Momentum for Change Lighthouse Activity Award were announced. The activities are subdivided into three pillars, namely "Financing for Climate-Friendly Investment", "Information and Communications Technology Solutions", and "Women for Results". Among the winners were projects on fog harvesting, peer-to-peer electricity trading network and a standard to monetize women's empowerment benefits of climate action:


Financing for Climate-Friendly Investment pillar:

  • Crowdfunding for Community Solar Projects
  • Off Grid Electric
  • Revenue-Neutral Carbon Tax
  • Gothenburg Green Bonds

Information and Communications Technology Solutions pillar:

  • Climate Right
  • Connected Mangroves
  • Mapping for Rights
  • Project Sunroof
  • SOLshare

Women for Results pillar:

  • Women-led Fog-Harvesting for a Resilient, Sustainable Ecosystem
  • Rural Community Leaders Combatting Climate Change
  • Women's Empowerment for Resilience and Adaptation against Climate Change
  • The W+ Standard

An overview of the 2016 winners can be read here: http://newsroom.unfccc.int/climate-action/2016-momentum-for-change-lighthouse-activities/

The Momentum for Change Awards are part of wider efforts to mobilize action and ambition as national governments work toward implementing the Paris Climate Change Agreement and the Sustainable Development Goals. All 13 will be showcased at a series of special events during the UN Climate Change Conference in Marrakech, Morocco (7 November to 18 November 2016).


Winners from the years 2011 - 2016 can be found here: http://unfccc.int/secretariat/momentum_for_change/items/7159.php  

The Momentum for Change Podcast, a twice-monthly podcast profiling global climate action stories, are available here: unfccc.int/secretariat/momentum_for_change/items/8401.php

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