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International competition seeks carbon-cutting innovations

eben_bayerThe Postcode Lottery Green Challenge 2009 seeks to identify innovative product and service ideas for reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

The international competition, sponsored by the Dutch Postcode Lottery, offers a €500,000 award to the top idea and €100,000 each to two possible runners-up.

Entries should contribute to an eco-friendly lifestyle, directly reduce emissions, and score highly on convenience, quality and design.

After the contest closes on 31 July, a preliminary jury will select three to five finalists. These nominees will present their ideas publicly at PICNIC’09 in September. The winning entrant will win €500,000 to bring his or her idea to market. He or she will also be introduced to potential clients and business partners kbc lottery winner.

Last year, the jury awarded the €500,000 prize to Eben Bayer (pictured) of the US for his all-natural Styrofoam substitute Greensulate™. American Capra J’neva won a €100,000 runner-up prize for her stylish Veranda Solar panels. They were chosen from among 235 entries. In 2007, the first Green Challenge award went to the Netherlands’ Igor Kluin for his renewable-energy network plan Qurrent.

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