Climate Action

Portuguese project wins World You Like Challenge

Sown Biodiverse Pastures

The Portuguese project Sown Biodiverse Pastures has won the European Commission's World You Like Challenge competition for the best solutions to climate change. Connie Hedegaard, European Commissioner for Climate Action, announced the winner at the Sustainia Award Ceremony in Copenhagen last night.

Sown Biodiverse Pastures was crowned overall winner of the Challenge for its innovative approach to reducing CO2 emissions, soil erosion and the risk of wild fires while increasing the productivity of pasturelands.

Commissioner Hedegaard said: "Congratulations to Sown Biodiverse Pastures! This project is a perfect example of how practical solutions for climate action can also save money and create jobs and growth. It has been truly encouraging to see the amount of innovative projects from across the European Union that were submitted in the World You Like Challenge. It's time to scale up these climate solutions to build a world we like, with a climate we like."

Sown Biodiverse Pastures will receive a chance to record a professional video and support to promote the project across European media.

The two runners-up in the Challenge were also honoured at the ceremony:

  • Airport Carbon Accreditation: This European project, based in Brussels, is a voluntary programme that includes 75 European airports which aim to improve their energy efficiency and lower their CO2 emissions. The programme was launched by the European airport trade body ACI EUROPE in 2009.
  • Low Energy Houses for Everyone: This project by the Polish company Dworek Polski builds traditional Polish houses that are both affordable and low in energy consumption.

The Challenge is part of the Commission's pan-European public awareness campaign A world you like. With a climate you like, which promotes practical, innovative and cost-efficient solutions to climate change.