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Successful Nairobi-based environmental company among finalists for Prince William’s Earthshot Prize

A flourishing Kenyan-based company is among 15 finalists in the inaugural Earthshot Prize. This is a global competition launched by Prince William, the Duke of Cambridge, in 2020. Awarded to five winners each year, the Earthshot Prize is designed primarily to recognize personnel whose solutions and discoveries improve the environment.

Sanergy offers affordable and hygienic sanitation to persons living in informal settlements in Kenya, especially in the slums. Occupants of these regions are compelled to rely on contaminated alternatives such as open defecation and “flying toilets”.

The company attends to approximately 140,000 slum inhabitants every day. 20,000 tonnes of garbage used to manufacture organic fertilizer is collected and treated yearly.

The Earthshot Prize, which became operational in October 2020, strives to uncover new solutions to environmental crises. It also seeks to enhance living standards, especially for communities most prone to the hazardous effects of climate change. 

David Auerbach, Sanergy Chief Executive, said in a brief statement that, “The rapid growth of cities around the world has created a sanitation and waste management crisis which affects the health of millions of people and the future of our planet. Sanergy’s circular economy model is for safe sanitation and proper waste management.'' 

With over 750 nominations brought forth, 15 finalists were picked. Winners will be picked from the five Earthshots categories: protect and restore nature, clean our air, revive our oceans, build a waste-free world, and fix our climate. Winners from each category will take home Sh129 million in prize money in a commemoration to be held on October 17th in London.

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