Israeli company TaKaDu wins the Sustainia Award, chaired by Arnold Schwarzenegger, for their technology that reduces water distribution losses. In front of an audience of more than 1,000 guests gathered in Copenhagen, TaKaDu was announced winner of Sustainia Award 2013, an award honoring the world’s best sustainability innovation.
“The Sustainia Award winner is a great example of the solutions we need. With an advanced technology, they help address a serious issue facing many communities, scarcity of water. They are true green action heroes,” says Arnold Schwarzenegger, chair of the Sustainia Award Committee.
“Tonight’s award winner is an excellent solution to how we can optimize our most valuable resource: Water. Their state-of-the-art technology helps to reduce water loss and ensure supplies to a growing population,” says Dr. Rajendra K. Pachauri, Chair of the UN climate panel, IPCC, who presented the winner in Copenhagen.
Currently 25 to 30 percent of the world’s water production is wasted due to faults in distribution. The winning innovation monitors water grids and warns suppliers of leakages, pipe bursts or other irregularities. This technology made TaKaDu stand out to the award committee formed by; former governor of California Arnold Schwarzenegger, former prime minister of Norway Gro Harlem Brundtland, Chair of IPCC Dr. Rajendra K. Pachauri and EU Commissioner for Climate Action Connie Hedegaard.
The award is initiated by Copenhagen-based sustainability think tank, Sustainia, in collaboration with Arnold Schwarzenegger’s initiative Regions20, UN Global Compact and the EU Commission. Behind Sustainia is also a wide range of companies including Novo Nordisk, Philips Lighting, Cisco, DNV, Realdania and Microsoft.