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Net-Zero Industries Award 2023: Celebrating Innovations in Industrial Decarbonisation



Dubai, December 8, 2023 – The Mission Innovation Net-Zero Industries (MI NZI) Award, hosted by Mission Innovation´s Net-Zero Industries Mission, recognised and celebrated outstanding contributions to industrial decarbonisation on the global stage. Taking place at COP28 in Dubai, the ceremony held on December 8, marked a significant milestone in the ongoing efforts to revolutionise energy-intensive industries and drive substantial reductions in greenhouse gas emissions.

Receiving nearly 70 submissions spanning 16 countries, the inaugural MI NZI Award has helped highlight how the global community is actively engaging in the critical mission of decarbonising heavy industry.

The Mission Innovation Net-Zero Industries Award 2023 Winners and Runner-up in three categories are:

Outstanding Projects

  • Winner: Carbon2Business Laegerdorf, Holcim (Germany) GmbH, Germany
  • Runner-up: CALF-20 Metal-Organic Framework for Carbon Capture & Removal, University of Calgary & Svante Technologies Inc., Canada
  • Runner-up: Building the Future of E-waste Recycling to Accelerate Circular Green Metals, Mint Innovation, New Zealand


Female Innovators

  • Winner: Professor Mercedes Maroto-Valer, IDRIC, United Kingdom
  • Runner-up: Dr Ekaterina Kravchenko, The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, Hong Kong S.A.R., China
  • Runner-up: Sophia Hamblin Wang, MCi Carbon, Australia


Young Talents

  • Winner: Dr Suneeti Purohit, CSIRO, Australia
  • Runner-up: Dr Lukas Kasper, TU Wien, Austria
  • Runner-up: Dr Serene Sow Mun Lock, Malaysia


Chris Bowen MP, Australian Minister for Climate Change and Energy, said: ‘Huge congratulations to the winners of the 2023 Net-Zero Industries Award, whose work has the potential to reshape industries and set new benchmarks for sustainability. Your efforts are leading the way to deliver significant emissions reductions at the lowest possible cost, and I look forward to seeing your projects, initiatives and research become part of the drive towards a decarbonised global economy.’

Leonore Gewessler, Austrian Minister for Climate Action, Environment, Energy, Mobility, Innovation and Technology, said: “Our journey towards decarbonising industry needs female innovators and young talents. Their perspectives, innovative ideas, and relentless drive are the catalysts for change. Congratulations to all the award winners – you not only represent role models but also lead by example, inspiring innovations that pave the way for a climate neutral future.”

As the global community converged in Dubai for COP28, the Net-Zero Industries Award Ceremony provided a showcase of the remarkable advancements in industrial decarbonisation. The collaboration between research and industry is a testament to the collaborative spirit required between industry and research to address the challenges of climate change

About Net-Zero Industries Mission and Mission Innovation

The Net-Zero Industries Mission launched in 2022 and is the first ever global innovation coalition with the goal of developing and demonstrating cost-competitive solutions to create a net-zero industries future. The Mission is led by Austria and Australia, in collaboration with Canada, China, the European Commission, Finland, Germany, the Republic of Korea the UK and the USA, and will deliver at least 50 large-scale demonstration projects around the world by 2030.

The Net-Zero Industries Mission members alone are responsible for 50% of global industrial emissions and USD $13.45B in annual research, development and demonstration investments in 2021. Since its launch, the Mission has released an innovation roadmap titled ‘Towards Net-Zero Industries’, as well as the recent Action Plan which outlines the actions needed to reach Mission goals.

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