Environmental state secretary Jochen Flasbarth and Holger Lösch, deputy Director General of the Federation of German Industries BDI, present the awards to the young winners. <br/> Photo: © CFI
Environmental state secretary Jochen Flasbarth and Holger Lösch, deputy Director General of the Federation of German Industries BDI, present the awards to the young winners.
Photo: © CFI

26.03.2018

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At the award ceremony of the German Innovation Prize for Climate and Environment, the development service ‘Christliche Fachkräfte International’ received the special award for a project in Uganda. The association uses corncobs as waste biomass to make briquettes, which reduces logging in Uganda and is intended to enhance biodiversity.

The German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety (BMUB) and the Federation of German Industries (BDI) awarded the Innovation Prize for Climate and Environment (IKU) at a ceremony in Berlin. The development service ‘Christliche Fachkräfte International’ (CFI) received the special award ‘Innovation and biological diversity’. This honours a project in Uganda where briquettes are manufactured from corncobs, reducing logging and giving poorer people in particular access to better food hygiene.
 
The German innovation prize for climate and the environment IKU is a prestigious award, and this is the sixth year that it has been jointly presented by BMUB and BDI. Winners were selected by a prominent jury chaired by Professor Ottmar Edenhofer, director of the Mercator Research Institute on Global Commons and Climate Change, Berlin/Germany.

Great popular interest in environmentally friendly energy

Particular emphasis was laid in the award citation on the fact that ‘Christliche Fachkräfte International’ and its Ugandan partner Ndejje University are backing the use of indigenous renewable resources and biodiversity.

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