Global 100 Eco-Tech Awards

- Finalizing the selection of 100 Global Environmental Technologies for Creating a Sustainable Future -

June 16, 12005

In, The Japan Association for the 2005 World Exposition and Nihon Keizai Shimbun, Inc. have organized the Global 100 Eco-Tech Awards program which commends 100 global environmental technologies that contributes significantly to the resolution of global environmental problems and to the creation of a sustainable future. After the heated discussion and the documentary selection, the screening committee which has been led by the chairman, Dr. Jiro Kondo, professor emeritus of The University of Tokyo, selected 100 environmental technologies among 236 technology nominees which were proposed by the Expo 2005 official participants including foreign governments and international organizations, Japanese local governments and the screening committee members, based on the following criteria:

1) Extent of contribution to resolution of global environmental problems and realization of a sustainable future

2) Novelty appropriate to society in the 21st century

3) Universality that makes the technology useful in different societies

The world has been truly transformed to an unbelievable extent by the remarkable progress in science and technology in the 20th century. The time has come for those who comprise the global society of the 21st century to work together in pursuit of a sustainable and harmonious coexistence for all life on the earth.

Technology has played a significant role in the march of human progress thus far. It is true that technology has also had great impact on the global environment. We have to blaze a new path to the future with various technologies developed to resolve global environmental problems by learning from “Nature's Wisdom” and by broadening our global perspective on sustainability. Now, many people are working on this issue worldwide. Through this program, we aim to emphasize the role and potential of technology in realizing a sustainable future as well as to promote the use, research and development of global environmental technologies.

The Award ceremony will be held on the 1st of September. (Venue: within Nagoya city)


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Outline of the Global 100 Eco-Tech Awards

1. Title:

Global 100 Eco-Tech Awards

2. Purpose:

Under the Expo2005 theme of “Nature's Wisdom,” “Global 100 Eco-Tech Awards” aims first to strongly push the roles and potential of the technologies that can make real this coexistence of humankind and Earth, and second to popularize global environment technology and promote research and development. The awards will help uncover and give praise to the global environment technologies that are contributing to our world.

3. Sponsor:

Japan Association for the 2005 World Exposition


Nihon Keizai Shimbun, Inc.

4. Global 100 Eco-Tech Awards Screening Committee


Dr. Jiro Kondo (Professor emeritus of The University of Tokyo, President of the Environmental Technology Center)


Dr. Yoichi Kaya (Director-General, Research Institute of Innovative Technology for the Earth)
Dr. Shin-ichi Hirano (President of Nagoya University)
Prof. Akio Morishima (Chair of the Board of Directors, Institute for Global Environmental Strategies)

Committee members:

Prof. Dr. Ryoichi Yamamoto (Center for Collaborative Research and Institute of Industrial Science, The University of Tokyo)
Prof. Eitaro Wada (Program Director, Japan Agency for Marine-Earth Science and Technology)
Dr. Izumi Washitani (Professor, Graduate School of Agricultural and Life Sciences, The University of Tokyo)
Prof. Tadahiro Mitsuhashi (Professor, Chiba University of Commerce)
Ms. Ayako Fujii (Chief Director, Environment Co-operative Union Shiga)
Mr. Koshin Kura (Executive Director, International Center for Environmental Technology Transfer)
Ms. Junko Edahiro (Environmental Journalist)
Prof. Dr. Friedrich Schmidt-Bleek (President, Factor Ten Institute)
Dr. Amory B. Lovins (Chief Executive Officer, Rocky Mountain Institute)

5. Details of the awards:

(1) Awards

The number of award-winning technologies: 100
Cash prize: 1,000,000 yen per award-winning technology
* Selected 100 technologies will not be ranked.

(2) Selection

Two hundred thirty six technologies proposed by official participants (foreign countries and international organizations), Japanese local governments and the screening committee members have been screened.

(3) Screening

One hundred technologies have been selected by both documentary rating based on the screening criteria including “contribution”, “novelty” and “universality” and discussion at the screening committee.

(4) Awarding ceremony

Date & place: Thursday, September 1, 2005 at the venue in Nagoya city