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Impact of The Earthshot Prize

Covering the period 2020 to 2023
£50M

Funding catalysed by The Earthshot Prize and our network in addition to Prize Money

54M

People reached on average each year on social media by The Earthshot Prize since 2021

420,000

Tonnes of C02e emissions reduced, avoided or captured by Earthshot Prize Finalists

This is the decade we make a difference. Together.

By 2030, the world must reduce CO2 emissions by over 40% and protect 30% of nature, fresh water, and oceans.

Recognising this need, Prince William founded The Earthshot Prize in 2020. In just three years, we’re emerging as a global platform for finding innovators, unlocking funding, accelerating solutions and inspiring optimism.

Our 2024 Impact Report sets out where we are on our decade-long journey.

Download 2024 Impact Report

Nominations and Selections

The success of finding potentially world-changing solutions depends on the quality and quantity of the nominations we receive. In 2021, our first year, we received 750 nominations, increasing to 994 in 2022 and 1,160 in 2023, a 55 per cent uplift.

During this time our global representation has increased year on year, and we have received nominations from 125 countries in total.

2,900Nominations received over our first three Prize years

60%of organisations nominated in 2023 were from Global South

Prize Money and Support Catalysed

To date we have awarded £15m of Prize money to our first three cohorts of Winners. This funding is being used to expand and evolve their existing solutions and fund vital R&D work.

In addition to the annual prize money, we work with our Global Alliance and others to help catalyse funding. Alongside the £15m prize money, The Earthshot Prize and its network has catalysed an additional £50m of funding.

£15MPrize Money awarded to 15 Winners to help scale their solutions

£50Mextra funding catalysed through our network of partners

Environmental and Social Impact

The Earthshot Prize exists to scale innovative solutions that seek to repair and restore the planet.

Many of our Finalists have seen their impact accelerate since receiving support from The Earthshot Prize and its partners, whether it is reduction in greenhouse gas emissions, waste, green jobs created or oceans, rivers and land protected.

420,000tonnes of C02e emissions reduced, avoided or captured by Earthshot Prize Finalists

100,000tonnes of waste removed, upcycled or avoided by Earthshot Prize Finalists

Brand Reach and Engagement

The stories of our Finalists, the challenges they face, and their innovative solutions have power beyond the direct impact of these solutions on the climate crisis.

These stories allow us to engage people, in particular young people, and start a movement to change the global narrative to one of hope, of possibility and of urgent optimism across the decade.

54Mpeople reached on average each year on social media by The Earthshot Prize since 2021

13Mpeople around the world watched the Boston 2022 Awards Ceremony

Explore Impact By Earthshot

Protect
and Restore
Nature

Read more about the impact our Protect and Restore Nature Finalists from 2021 and 2022 have had so far.

Discover Costa Rica’s mission to create new marine protected areas, Restor’s collaboration with the UN and Kheyti’s exponential growth.

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Clean Our
Air

Read more about the impact our Clean our Air Finalists from 2021 and 2022 have had so far.

Discover Mukuru and Takachar’s international expansion, Mukurus’s malaria research project, and the launch of the Roam Rapid, in Nairobi.

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Revive Our
Oceans

Read more about the impact our Revive our Oceans Finalists from 2021 and 2022 have had so far.

Discover Coral Vita’s work on the world’s largest coral restoration project, Living Seawalls expansion to multiple continents, and Pristine Seas new global expedition.

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Build a
Waste-free
World

Read more about the impact our Build a Waste-Free World Finalists from 2021 and 2022 have had so far.

Discover the City of Milan’s new food waste hubs, Notpla’s replacement of 4.4m units of plastic, and WOTA and Phool’s expansion.

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Fix Our
Climate

Read more about the impact our Fix our Climate Finalists from 2021 and 2022 have had so far.

Discover Enapter’s expansion, 44.01’s role in the first ever carbon capture project in the UAE and LanzaTech becoming the first Earthshot Prize Finalist to go public.

See the impact in this Earthshot
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Read the 2024 Impact Report

Download our 2024 Impact Report and dive into the details of what our global community has achieved to date.

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