“Amazing new ideas” on protecting the environment

Young Champions of the Earth 2018 announced

Covestro continues support for implementing innovative projects

Seven young people from around the world have been recognized as YoungChampions of the Earth by UN Environment for their big ideas on environmental protection. They are the second winners of the award, which is sponsored byCovestro, a leading manufacturer of materials for sustainable development.

From over 750 applicants, 35 regional finalists aged 18-30 were selected by aglobal jury for their creative, innovative and impactful ideas that offer novelsolutions to today’s pressing environmental challenges.

The seven winning projects address issues ranging from coral farms andwomen in engineering to chemical recycling technology and making musicalinstruments from trash (summaries below).

Each winner receives USD 15,000 in seed funding as well as expert mentoring,needs-based training and access to networks to help them implement theirplans over the coming year.

Amazing new ideas“

Young people across the world have once again come up with amazing newideas for environmental protection,” says Dr. Markus Steilemann, CEO ofCovestro. “The second year of the Young Champions of the Earth competitionhas been a huge success, and as one of the world’s leading suppliers of hightechmaterials for sustainable development we are proud to partner with UNEnvironment in motivating young innovators to tackle our planet’s enormouschallenges.”

“For all the urgent environmental challenges we face, these Young Championsare a powerful reminder that solutions are within our grasp,” says Erik Solheim,Head of UN Environment. “Each of these winners has a unique story to tell.Taken together, the message our Young Champions send to the world is evenstronger: together we can innovate the future we want while preserving theenvironment we need.”

The Young Champions will be officially recognized at an award gala in New Yorkon September 26 during Climate Week NYC, organized by the Climate Group incollaboration the UN and the City of New York, and which coincides with the73rd Session of the UN General Assembly.

Summaries of the winning entries

• 25-year-old Indian mechanical engineer Arpit Dhupar, for his groundbreakingtechnique that filters 90% of particulate matter from diesel generators withoutimpairing mechanical performance. Rather than disposing of the matter, thecarbon is turned into ink pigment, used for printing.

• Gator Halpern, who launched a network of coral farms to restore endangeredreefs. The 27 year-old, originally from San Diego and currently based in theBahamas, is recognized for his innovative land-based system of coral farms.

• Palestinian-Kuwaiti entrepreneur Heba Al-Farra, for her “Women in Energy andEnvironment” initiative, which aims to advance the careers of femaleengineering and environmental professionals in the green industry across theMiddle East and North Africa, providing them with support for creative solutions,technical skills and future opportunities.

• Hugh Weldon, 25, Irish mechanical engineer and co-founder of Evocco, for hissmartphone app which calculates a user’s ecologic footprint based on scannedshopping receipts.

• Chinese diver and entrepreneur Miao Wang, 30, for her initiative “Better Blue”,which builds global networks of divers between diving centers, empoweringthem to become advocates and practitioners in marine conservation throughcapacity building and programs to educate citizens about science.

• 24-year-old American co-founder and Chief Executive Officer of BioCellectionMiranda Wang, for her novel chemical recycling technology which has madenew products and materials recyclable for the first time.

• Egyptian artist and painter Shady Rabab, 26, for his big idea to bring togetherchildren working as garbage collectors in Luxor and teach them how to makemusical instruments from trash, eventually taking the “Garbage ConservatoireBand” and self-made instruments on the road to various events around Egypt toadvocate better waste management in Egypt and beyond.

For more information the winners and their projects, visit the Young Championsof the Earth website at http://web.unep.org/youngchampions/

About Covestro:

With 2017 sales of EUR 14.1 billion, Covestro is among the world’s largestpolymer companies. Business activities are focused on the manufacture of hightechpolymer materials and the development of innovative solutions for productsused in many areas of daily life. The main segments served are the automotive,construction, wood processing and furniture, and electrical and electronicsindustries. Other sectors include sports and leisure, cosmetics, health and thechemical industry itself. Covestro has 30 production sites worldwide andemploys approximately 16,200 people (calculated as full-time equivalents) at theend of 2017.

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