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Energy Globe Award

With more than 182 participating countries and over 2000 project submissions annually the Energy Globe Award is today's most prestigious environmental prize worldwide. It distinguishes projects regionally, nationally and globally that conserve resources such as energy or utilize renewable or emission-free sources. Award ceremonies are held all over the world. Prominent personalities as well as Energy Globe Ambassadors in 90 countries support the mission of Energy Globe. The activities of Energy Globe attract worldwide media attention - international TV stations report each year with approximately 1,000 hours of broadcasting time. The aim of the Energy Globe is to raise global attention on sustainable, everywhere applicable environmental solutions and to motivate people to also become active in this area.

National ENERGY GLOBE Award Greece 2018

Submitted by: Cyclefi
Cyclefi: An incentivized transparent recycling process

Cyclefi is a Greek-based startup, with a product-as-a-service business model that provides incentives for consumers to increase their level of household recycling. Cyclefi employs simple and effective waste tracking technology which allows the monitoring of a household's overall recycling performance and rewards their performance with discounted monthly electricity and discounts with local merchants and retailers.

Initial situation
Cyclefi started its journey when conducting an initial survey on more than 2.800 residents of Athens, Greece, in the age group of 16-40. The survey shows that on average 82% of them believe that they would be willing to increase their recycling performance if someone could provide them with a meaningful reward scheme and the fulfilling sense of contribution and responsibility.

Solution
Cyclefi has created the first bag that is designed for the blue recycling bin, by using an innovative waste-tracking solution and reward mechanism. In fact, through this mechanism, Cyclefi aims to increase citizens’ engagement with recycling. These contribute to an extremely positive impact and consequently increase the overall rates of recycling for each area.

Innovation
Cyclefi’s solution is a recycling management system for associating a collected refusal bag for recycling, with a corresponding user. The system comprises computer programs encoded on computer-readable media for scanning a QR code that is attached on the bag, to obtain information of the designated owner of that bag. Cyclefi will provide all its users with a recycling package, that consists of five recycling bags and five unique tags.

We are an enthusiastic supporter of the Energy Globe Awards and its aim to strengthen society’s awareness of the necessity for ecological change, by honouring outstanding best practice projects in environmental sustainability from all parts of the world. ADVANTAGE AUSTRIA is the official Trade Promotion Organisation (TPO) of the Republic of Austria and as a country we are proud of our success in green technologies. Our support of the Energy Globe Awards continues this tradition.




Capital: Athens
Official language: Greek
Total area: 131.990 km²
Population: 11.305.118
GDP/Capita/Year: $27.875
Source: Wikipedia 2012