ABB-backed tech firm wins sustainability innovation award

2013-11-12 - An Israeli technology company TaKaDu, part-owned by ABB, has won a high-profile sustainability innovation award for its technology to help reduce water distribution losses.
By ABB Communications

The Sustainia award is an annual international award given to a solution, technology or project with a significant potential to help build a more sustainable future. It was initiated by Sustainia, a Copenhagen-based sustainability think tank, in collaboration with the United Nations Global Compact, the European Union Commission and the R20-Regions of Climate Action, founded by actor and former governor of California, Arnold Schwarzenegger.

TaKaDu's founder and CEO, Amir Peleg, was presented with the award at a ceremony in Copenhagen on Nov. 7, 2013, by Dr. Rajendra K. Pachauri, Chair of the UN climate panel, IPCC. He described TaKaDu’s technology as an “excellent solution to how we can optimize our most valuable resource: water. TaKaDu’s state-of-the-art technology helps to reduce water loss and ensure supplies to a growing population.”

Water lost through leaks
Losses during distribution are a key challenge for the world’s water supplies because an estimated 25 to 30 percent of the world's water production is wasted due to faults in distribution.

TaKaDu’s technology retrieves and monitors large sets of data from sensors in the water networks and analyzes them in real-time. Its software-based service automatically locates and classifies irregularities, such as leaks and pipe bursts, and alerts utilities immediately.

“The Sustainia Award winner is a great example of the solutions we need. With an advanced technology, they help address a serious issue facing many communities, scarcity of water. They are true green action heroes,” said Schwarzenegger, chairman of the Sustainia Award Committee.

Most valuable resource
“We are truly honored to win the Sustainia Award 2013 among the many pioneer solutions and strong innovations nominated,” Amir Peleg told reporters. “This award, and the remarkable mission behind it, will raise awareness of our technology, its unique analytical approach and the great impact our solution has to secure the planet's most valuable resource, water, in a time where climate change and a growing population gravely challenge our water supplies.”

Sustainia is a global alliance of business and civil society organizations that aims to promote sustainable growth by maturing markets for sustainable products and services, as well as identifying innovative and sustainable solutions.

More than 500 projects and technologies from 79 countries and regions were submitted for the Sustainia Award 2013.

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