In the run-up to the Dutch Prince’s Day, the first Tuesday of September is traditionally also Duurzame Dinsdag (Sustainable Tuesday): a special day on which politicians in The Hague focus on sustainable ideas and initiatives. Every year on this day, three people who have been working for years on sustainability receive a Duurzaam Lintje (Sustainability Ribbon). We are honoured that this year, one of them is the co-founder and CEO of our Dutch Postcode Lottery, Boudewijn Poelmann. 

Yesterday City A.M., a business-focused newspaper distributed in and around London, wrote an extensive article about the Postcode Lottery Green Challenge. Also this years' finalists are mentioned.

Emil Goosen (29), one of the co-founders of AquaBattery, is one of the five finalists of Postcode Lottery Green Challenge 2018. From a young age, he is extremely interested in topics on energy, sustainability and environmental sciences. Hence, it shouldn’t be surprising that he holds a master’s degree in Energy and Environmental Sciences from Groningen University.

Tessa is co-founder and Chief Innovations Officer at AlgiKnit, a biomaterials company integrating science and design into textile production. She is one of the five finalists of Postcode Lottery Green Challenge 2018. With a background in textiles, Tessa aims to solve the problems created by the fashion industry through sustainable design.

Charlie Guy from the UK is one of the five finalists of Postcode Lottery Green Challenge 2018. He is co-founder and CEO of LettUs Grow, an agricultural technology company on a mission to reduce the colossal waste and carbon footprint of our global food system and provide easy access to fresh and sustainable greens for the next generation.

Meet Ampaire. This California-based start-up is one of the top 25 nominees of the Postcode Lottery Green Challenge 2018. Ampaire tackles two of the biggest problems in air travel: high operating costs and environmental impact. Two new aircraft are in development, and in the meantime, the 14-strong team is up-fitting existing vehicles with electrification technology, with a debut test flight scheduled for later this year. Here, co-founder and CEO, Kevin Noertker, discusses Ampaire’s pragmatic approach, and how reducing the aviation industry’s emissions has global implications.

Meet BioCarbon Engineering. This UK start-up is one of the top 25 finalists of the Postcode Lottery Green Challenge 2018. The company specialises in large-scale ecosystem restoration through a data-driven approach to reforestation. Using drone and satellite imagery to first map landscapes, they employ automated drones to shoot biodegradable seedpods into drylands, wetlands - and everything in between. CEO Susan Graham explains how our global net loss of trees calls for a scalable solution, and how BioCarbon Engineering is meeting that challenge.