Habla Kilns Wins 2017 UNAA Business Climate Action Award

Australian company with a global solution wins 2017 UNAA Business Climate Action Award

UNAA Press Release: 8th June 2017

An Australian-owned company’s successful application of clean, clay brick firing technology in an overseas setting has made it the inaugural winner of the 2017 UNAA (United Nations Association of Australia) Business Climate Action Award.

The Award is one of 10 UNAA World Environment Day Climate Action Awards given out today as part of the UNAA Climate Collaboration Forum in Melbourne.

Some 60 schools, journalists, local councils, environmental organisations and individuals entered the 2017 Awards. Introduced to celebrate the environmental innovation and commitment of Australian organisations and individuals in 2000, the World Environment Day Awards were revamped this year to focus on climate action.

The Climate Collaboration Forum and Climate Action Awards are both key elements of the UNAA’s work to promote the achievement of UN Sustainable Development Goal 13 Climate Action.

Award judges commended Habla Zig-Zag Kilns for its clear demonstration that Australia has the capacity to offer the innovation and technology to address a major, global climate issue – the widespread use in developing countries of antiquated, polluting brick kilns.

Anil, Gilbert Habla & Peter Habla Accepting the Award

An estimated 87% of global brick production takes place in Asia where brick kilns are a major contributor to climate change and a significant source of CO2 and greenhouse gas emissions and short-lived climate pollutants, particularly atmospheric black carbon.

Judges said Habla had shown how its energy-efficient, low carbon kilns could “change lives and have a real impact in addressing climate change”.

For more information about the World Environment Day Climate Action Awards, contact Maggie Smythe, UNAAV Program Coordinator:  maggie@unaavictoria.org.au