The Awards will be given to scientists or institutions who have made important discoveries of potential importance to the wellbeing of mankind.

The Nobel Sustainability Trust Awards

The Nobel Sustainability Trust Awards will be issued in the following two categories:

  1. Leadership in Innovation. The SustainabilityAwardfor Innovation will recognise individuals or organisations who have made important discoveries in support of sustainable technologies, in their production and/orconsumption,andwhohavedemonstratedtheabilityto convert thesediscoveries into solutions that are implementable and can be produced on a commercial scale using sustainablemethods.
  1. LeadershipinImplementation.TheSustainabilityAwardfor Implementation willrecogniseleadershipas characterisedbya deliberateapproachtoaccelerating theglobaladoptionof sustainability and recognising individuals or organisations that make anoutstandingcontributiontoimplementingsustainablesolutions and who demonstrate a commitment to ensuring that the needs of the presentare metwithoutcompromisingtheabilityofthefuture generations to meet their own needs.

Where in both cases, sustainability criteria include specifically usage of natural resources and ecosystem services consistent with planetary boundaries or the development and usage of methods of alternative non-natural resources complementing the scarce natural resources of our planet and resulting in positive social and economic contribution to society and a positive impact on governance and transparency.

Nobel Sustainability Trust Scholar Programmes

NST will bestow two educational scholarships to support and inspire young people to contribute to the development of sustainability innovations.

Role of the NST Representative

The function of a country representative is to act, within the country’s jurisdiction, as an ambassador for NST. NST Representatives will seek financial support for the creation of its Sustainability Award and funding for conference and events management infrastructure associated with the award. This will be achieved through, donations and licensing of the NST name and services.

Country representatives, professionally managed and in accordance with financial regulations, will assist with:

  • Contacting potential sources such as sovereign funds, corporations, family offices and professional associations, to assess whether they would accept to sponsor NST’s activities. All interested parties will be subject to a strict due diligence and evaluation procedure.
  • Obtaining and maintaining a collaborative agreement with the foremost technological universities in the representative’s region or country and to ascertain that these academic institutions form and maintain a local committee to propose to the lead university or its committee, the invention, discovery or technical development which potentially could be of demonstrable benefit to the general population in sustainable technology.
  • Assessing the interest in the representative’s home country or its major cities in hosting a sustainability conference followed by a Gala Dinner including the Award Ceremony.

The Award Coordinating Entity's Role

Award Coordinating Entity (ACE) will, in consultation with NST, select and manage the list of universities in the NST network for the technology awards.

The ACE will form a Sustainability Award Committee that reflects the requisite competence for the Sustainability Award in Technology. This Sustainability Award Committee will have the final say in the selection of the award winners in this category. (see next chapter)

It will be the ACE’s work to analys the presentations and create a short-list of five candidates, from which the Awards Selection Committee will select the Award winner. The person responsible for implementing the process of implementation will also receive a similar award. The ACE possess the evaluative capacity and network of experts to ensure its competence and ability of selecting appropriate award winners. The aims and objectives of NST, as well as anticipating media reactions, should all be taken into consideration in this context.

The Role of the Universities in the NST Network

The local academic institutions will be selected from an internationally recognised ranking list by the ACE in consultation with NST. The Sustainability Award Committee will consist of members of the various faculties it is this committee which will select the suitable candidates for the awards on an annual basis. Many universities have created sustainability units already, these would be prime candidates for membership of the network.

The members of the committees should meet regularly during a scholastic year to identify and evaluate discoveries and developments of sustainable technologies. The candidate selections by the local university must be submitted to the ACE before the end of each scholastic year.

Each of the university comittees will propose a maximum of five candidates

Information about the inventions, discoveries and proposals should be collected primarily from the same region as each respective university. Improvements on information availability, through social and other media, will enable and facilitate collection and transmission of information on new developments and technologies, globally.

Each of these university committees will propose a maximum of three candidates and the nominations must follow objective and consistent criteria. The implementation of the discovery which will also be rewarded, must offer a clear benefit to a majority of its potential users and be reasonable in development and commercial manufacturing costs. It should offer the possibility to be produced and distributed on an affordable and unrestricted scale. The candidates’ work could be patented or copyrighted at the time of submission and could also be in the process of being manufactured on a limited scale.