Nominees for Amsterdam Innovation Award 2012 announced
Dated: 25-04-2012

The jury of the 9th edition of the ISSA/ INTERCLEAN Amsterdam Innovation Award has selected nine nominees from a total of 71 entries. The awards are part of ISSA/INTERCLEAN, one of the largest international trade fair for the cleaning industry.

The overall winner, the category winners and visitors’ choice winner for the best innovation in the professional cleaning industry will be announced during a special award ceremony on 8 May. The jury will jointly select the 3 category winners and 1 overall winner after a live presentation and demonstration of the 9 nominated products. During this ceremony, keynote speaker Michael Braungart will explain the opportunities of the Cradle to Cradle concept for the cleaning sector.
Michelle Marshall, chair of the Amsterdam Innovation Award jury said, “We have seen some truly intelligent solutions entered for this year’s award. This demonstrates well that manufacturers are working hard to understand customers’ key challenges and requirements when they are developing new products. “We should also remark on the increasing presence of information technology and web-based solutions - an encouraging progression in our industry. Manufacturing technology is also moving forward and we have seen some impressive advances in terms of sustainability, reduced waste and less demand on resources such as water, energy and chemicals.”
The Amsterdam Innovation Award has developed into a prestigious prize. Last year’s winner was Dutch company Baudoin Wash Systems.
Visitors’ Choice Award For the first time, the (pre registered) visitors will have the chance to vote for their favourite nominee. The winner will receive the Visitors’ Choice Award during the award ceremony. The Amsterdam Innovation Award supports African water project.
The Amsterdam Innovation Award supports the African Medical & Research Foundation (AMREF) Flying Doctors, and their project in Mtwara, Tanzania that aims at providing accessible water and sanitary facilities for the community.

An app to answer nature’s call

Three students from the University of Amsterdam have developed a smartphone app which shows where the closest lavatory is by using government information. Named ‘hoge nood’ which means ‘desperate need’, the app is capable of differentiating between public and semi-public toilets. While a public toilet is a stand-alone facility that is available to everyone, a semi-public one is a place that is generally open to the public such as a department store or a pub. The application has won the top prize in a competition that was set up to design apps using free information provided by the government. The winner was decided by online voters. The app is currently only available in the Netherlands but it is hoped it will soon be rolled out to other countries.

Energy Points launches world’s first universal metric for measuring sustainability

US-based Energy Points recently launched the world’s first universal metric for measuring sustainability, empowering businesses to make quantitative and intuitive project decisions across all environmental domains -- including fuel, electricity, transportation and water. The company also announced that it secured a US $3 million initial round of financing led by Plan B Ventures. The financing will be used to launch and accelerate the adoption of The EnergyPoints(TM) platform -- the first Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) platform to power quantifiable and measureable sustainability decisions. To make impactful and measurable decisions, Energy Points provides executives with a universal metric that generates a comprehensive and uniform view of how different sustainability initiatives impact an organization.
“Recent data shows that consumers reward companies that exhibit sustainable behavior -- the problem is that businesses can’t communicate their sustainability in a simple and consistent way. By not demonstrating their corporate sustainability in clear and quantitative terms, they’re leaving opportunities and revenue on the table,” said Dr. Ory Zik, founder and CEO of Energy Points. “By converting all energy sources and domains to one simple metric, businesses can now make decisions based on their true financial and environmental impact, while providing clear, consistent evidence of their own sustainability. They finally have quantitative proof which projects will have the greatest impact, based on parameters such as local water scarcity, local electricity source mix and financial savings.”
Sustainability decisions made simple
The EnergyPoints(TM) platform makes sustainability understandable for a broad, non-technical audience. It translates all measures of energy into the equivalent of the embodied energy of one gallon of gasoline.
With this unit of measurement as a baseline, organizations can measure all the factors involved in sustainability within a single unit. This allows for fact-based comparisons of different projects, providing insight into how they would impact the location where they’re implemented.
The data is normalized into Energy Points and presented through a rich, visual-analytics portal facilitating executives to understand, compare, track and forecast sustainability across an organization. Businesses can now make informed sustainability decisions based on the specific impact on the location they’re implemented.