Solidia Technologies, a cement and concrete technology startup, announced it was named in the Sustainia100 for its systems that reduce the carbon footprint of cement and concrete up to 70 percent. Solidia was selected to the Sustainia100 from nearly 6,000 nominated companies from 60 countries.
“We are very honored by the acknowledgment of Sustainia and to join a cohort of 100 disruptive innovators with scalable solutions that can solve challenges and positively impact industry, society and markets,” said Thomas Schuler, president and CEO of Solidia Technologies. "The cement and concrete industry hasn’t seen significant change in 200 years. Our scalable, easy-to-adopt CO₂-curing system can transform sustainability into a competitive edge across the globe.”
Featuring the theme “systemic opportunity,” this year’s Sustainia100, an annual publication that presents the most innovative, available, scalable and sustainable solutions to the world’s most pressing challenges, sets out 100 solutions that respond to the interconnected global challenges addressed through the Sustainable Development Goals – from health solutions that tackle climate change to renewable energy products that alleviate gender inequality.
“The term ‘systemic’ often brings to mind intractable problems, such as systemic poverty or systemic corruption. The global goals give us focus and pace, so we think it’s time to reclaim the word and talk about systemic opportunity, instead. The Sustainia100 shows us that the most compelling and successful solutions tackle multiple challenges, and global goals, in one go,” said Morten Nielsen, managing director of Sustainia, which publishes the Sustainia100.
In her foreword to the Sustainia100, Lise Kingo, the executive director of United Nations Global Compact, reflected on the pace and direction set by the Sustainable Development Goals: “The Sustainia100 offers us 100 reasons to be hopeful and inspired as we embark on this 15-year journey. The innovative thinking needed to accomplish the SDGs by 2030 already exists today. Now our task is to spread the word about these transformative solutions in order to help them scale and inspire new actors to take part in forging the path to a more sustainable future.”
Now in its fifth year, the Sustainia100 has tracked more than 4,500 solutions to date from all over the world. This year’s edition features solutions deployed in 188 countries, with more than half from the SME sector. The innovations are screened and selected by independent sustainability experts from 20 international research organizations, including Yale University, WWF, Acumen, Ellen MacArthur Foundation and Cleantech.