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Finalists Ideas4Change for the SDGs Award 2017

Catalytic Innovations is developing a reactor that converts carbon dioxide into ethanol, for use in consumer products and as a renewable fuel source. This process leverages high pressure carbon dioxide to improve the yield of ethanol in an electrochemical carbon dioxide conversion system. Components that further improve its efficiency were discovered previously at Yale University and are under exclusive license to Catalytic Innovations.

The key innovation in this technology was developed in 2016, which is when patents on its design and function were filed and a first-generation prototype was built. Catalytic Innovations' CEO was named one of Forbes 30 under 30 in the energy sector that year, and the company advanced to the semifinals of the NRG COSIA Carbon XPrize with this technology. Using this reactor design and novel catalysts, this process enables reduced the carbon footprint of ethanol production and introduces a green, sustainably-derived fuel to the global market.

Inspecto developed a method for the detection of pesticides and contaminants in food. With more than 85% of our food supply carrying pesticides residues it is no surprise that 29 different types of pesticides are in the average human body according to the Center for Disease Control & Prevention in the U.S. These residues are known to increase our chances to develop over 13 different illnesses, putting infants and young children at the highest risk.

The food industry from farmers to food manufacturers and retailers is actively looking for the means to provide healthier - cleaner produce for consumers but it lacks the proper means to do so. In 2016 the this industry saw a $55.5B lost as a result of food safety issues as a direct result. Inspecto offers a groundbreaking, quick, easy to operate and cost effective method for business in the food industry to solve this problem. To date, Inspecto was chosen to the MassChallenge and the 8200 Social Impact Accelerators, received a grant from the Ministry of Economy for its ingenuity, and completed its prototype development.

ECO-OS - A cloud-based operating system for corporate sustainability programs. It enables companies, large and small, to leverage social and environmental efforts towards consistent gains in efficiency and competitiveness. Using the power of sophisticated cloud-computing, the burden of sustainability data management tasks is dramatically reduced while radical visibility is achieved through consolidation of internal data with a vast array of external information. The outcome of this approach is a new, actionable perspective on sustainability risk management, competitive performance benchmarking and the integration of sustainability goals in strategic decision-making.

Founded in 2015, the company was selected for the prestigious SXSW Eco 2016 Startup Showcase and is now serving a broad range of industries, including mid-tier chemical and food manufacturers, mining operations, power utilities, academic campuses, service and media companies

DeBatelier is a collaborative research venture exploring new materials and techniques for the development of good and impactful design for all, with a focus on unfolding the potential of low-profile materials and simple techniques. DeBatelier design is ethical and honest, thoughtful of global matters while rising from local hand-making and low-fi processes, gently provocative and always curious about what may be the role of design for positive social and environmental change.

ImpregNation a technology developed by Samarkand College of Light Industry and Economy, was firstly used in 2016 at the 200-year-old paper plant in Samarkand. The concept is to imprint seeds of special plants into paper making for a wide range of packaging and disposables. Those materials can then be planted after usage.

The idea received plentiful accolades and first investments at a national-wide Enterprise Challenge held by the British Council. Our products are already quite popular in the sphere of ecotourism in Uzbekistan. We hope that we will be able to draw people's attention to the necessity to rethink the way the world utilizes rubbish.