The Cup celebrates existing partnerships between research organisations, civic authorities and local communities in the UK and US, tackling two categories:

  • Achieving net zero: projects that are helping reduce emissions at a local or regional level to achieve net zero

  • Climate change adaptation: projects that are working with communities in regions affected by climate change to mitigate or adapt to the effects it is having

We shortlisted 12 finalists who showcased their projects to an audience of global change-makers at COP26.

Meet the 2021 winners

One winning partnership from each category won the first ever prestigious Climate Challenge Cup in recognition of their outstanding innovative project, which has the potential to be scaled.

The winning projects are:

Net zero concrete for construction

1 December 2021

Reducing the cement content of concrete to but the carbon footprint by 60% – equal to 4% of global emissions.

From food waste to fresh food and job opportunities

17 December 2021

Transforming a brownfield site into a Renewable Energy and Urban Farm Campus in South Chicago to divert food from landfill and boost local jobs.

All finalists


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