The Zayed Sustainability Prize, initiated by the UAE in 2008, recognises impactful sustainable solutions in health, food, energy, water, climate action, and global high schools. The Zayed Sustainability Prize has celebrated 106 winners to date, which now includes Kelp Blue.
Innovative Solutions for a Global Challenge
Kelp Blue, founded in 2020, focuses on sustainable innovation, specialising in the cultivation of giant kelp. With its primary operations based in Luderitz, Namibia. Kelp Blue is committed to addressing global challenges such as climate change, marine biodiversity loss and job creation. By cultivating giant kelp, the company seeks to restore marine biodiversity, promote carbon sequestration, support a healthier ocean ecosystem, inspire a global shift towards sustainable practices, and environmental stewardship.
Kelp Blue’s unique approach involves cultivating giant kelp forests and using only the canopy to produce biostimulants. These products allow farmers to reduce synthetic fertiliser while boosting plant resilience to climate stress and increasing yields.
Advantages of Giant Kelp
Giant kelp, one of the fastest-growing organisms, offers diverse applications in a multitude of products from pharmaceuticals to textiles, and more. Kelp Blue claims that its cultivation approach requires no fertilisers, pesticides, land, or freshwater.
Recognition of Other Finalists
The Zayed Sustainability Prize also recognised the remarkable achievements of finalists CarbonCure Technologies and the Foundation for Amazon Sustainability. CarbonCure Technologies is spearheading solutions within the concrete sector that significantly reduce embodied carbon emissions in the built environment, revolutionising concrete production into a network of carbon removal factories.
Meanwhile, the Foundation for Amazon Sustainability, operating in Brazil’s Amazon region, has made significant strides in conservation, community development, and reducing deforestation, marking 15 years of impactful initiatives.