Winners of 2016 Momentum for Change Awards Announced
Thirteen game-changing initiatives from around the world were announced on 29 September 2016 as winners of
the Momentum for Change Lighthouse Activity Award.
Winning activities include a Google-led project that could catalyse the rooftop solar market for millions
of people across the United States; an ingenious net that harvests fog from the air to provide drinking
water for people on the edge of Morocco’s Sahara Desert; North America’s first revenue-neutral
tax that puts a price on carbon pollution; and a project that has established the first women-specific
standard to measure and monetize women’s empowerment benefits of climate action.
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
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Momentum for Change: Areas of Focus
recognizing novel solutions that balance the need for both human health and a healthy planet, implemented
with the generous support of the Rockefeller
Climate Neutral Now:
recognizing efforts by individuals, companies and governments that are achieving real results in
transitioning to climate neutrality, implemented with the secretariat's Climate Neutral Now initiative.
Women for Results:
recognizing the critical leadership and participation of women in addressing climate change. This focus
area is implemented with the generous support of Masdar's Women in Sustainability, Environment and Renewable Energy
Financing for Climate
Friendly Investment: recognizing successful and innovative climate-smart activities. This focus
area is implemented in partnership with the World Economic Forum
Global Project on Climate Change.
recognizing successful climate change activities in the field of information and communication technology.
This focus area is implemented in partnership with the Global e-Sustainability
recognizing climate action that improves the lives of impoverished people in urban communities. This focus
area was implemented with the generous support of the Bill &
Melinda Gates Foundation from 2011-2015.