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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 United Kingdom 2019

Submitted by: City to Sea
Refill

Refill is an award-winning campaign to prevent plastic pollution at source by making it easy to reuse and refill water bottle for free, on the go, wherever you go. The campaign works by connecting people who are looking for water with thousands of local business, transport hubs and public spaces where they can refill for free via a location-based app. Anyone can download the free app to find Refill Stations near them.

Initial situation
Over the last 10 years more plastic has been produced globally than in the whole of the last century. Over 300 million tons are produced worldwide every year half of which is single-use. 480 billion plastic bottles were sold globally in 2016. That's a million bottles per minute or 20,000 bottles a second! In the UK, 38.5 million plastic bottles are used every day, of which 15 million are not recycled. 700,000 plastic bottles are littered every day, causing damage to the environment and marine life.

Solution
The core aspect of the campaign has been to work with transport hubs, as this is where consumers have been reportedly having to buy bottled water most frequently when out and about. City to Sea is now working with Network Rail to introduce fountains into train stations which will then be sign-posted from the app. Heathrow airport has also become the first official transport hub to sign up to the scheme and is pioneering the reduction of plastic bottle pollution in the aviation sector. The Refill campaign is gaining international attention and is active across Europe. There is growing interest from countries across the globe from Iceland to Australia.

Innovation
Part of Refill’s innovation is to provide information about bottled water, its costs, and environmental impact, and to provide people with a simple and free alternative by using reusable bottles at Refill Stations. Refill’s innovative location-based app enables users to search for their local Refill Station, refill their bottle and then measure their impact. Users have a personal account which records bottles saved, carbon saved and money raised for City to Sea. Recording and reporting on an individual’s impact is shown to drive retention and engage users on a more personal level with the issue by positively reinforcing the behavior of refilling.




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