22 June, 2022
Young, green innovators invited to enter Blue Sky Awards
- June 22, 2022 - Young researchers and innovators who are focused on
greener, sustainable innovations using forest-based science are invited
to enter the South African round of the global Blue Sky Awards by 31 July 2022.
This year's theme is "Building a Lower Carbon Economy with Climate Positive Forestry and Forest Products". PAMSA will award
the top two submissions with R15,000 and R10,000 respectively.
These entries will be submitted to the international round, and stance
the chance of being selected to share their projects at the ICFPA CEO
Global Roundtable in April/May 2023.
The awards aim to reward pioneering work such as transforming
wood-based raw materials into novel products, improving forestry
techniques or pulping processes, or contributing to the forest
The Blue Sky Young Researchers Innovation Award - a biennial
competition for students and young researchers - is sponsored at a
global level by the International Council of Forest and Paper
Associations (ICFPA) and locally in South Africa by the Paper
Manufacturers Association of South Africa (PAMSA). This year's theme is
"Building a Lower Carbon Economy with Climate Positive Forestry and
"Our sector is heralded the world over - with the science to back us
up - as one that is leading the way in terms of climate change
mitigation and greener solutions to carbon-heavy products," says Jane
Molony, PAMSA executive director. This is because harvested wood
products store carbon; carbon that has been absorbed by trees through
"The forestry sector is as wide as it is deep with the products made
from trees almost countless," notes Molony. From timber in homes and
construction to toilet rolls in the bathroom, from everyday paper and
packaging products to dissolving wood pulp and biochemicals, sustainably
farmed trees are the source of carbon-storing, fibre-based products.
Using programmes such the Blue Sky Awards, PAMSA seeks to promote
green innovation, development and research throughout the forest sector
value chain, whether it is climate positive forestry, cleaner production
or making oils and chemicals out of lignin.
PAMSA will award the top two student submissions with R15,000 and
R10,000 respectively. These entries will be submitted to the
international round, and stance the chance of being selected to share
their projects at the ICFPA CEO Global Roundtable in April/May 2023.
The closing date for entries is 31 July 2022.
- Applicants must be students or researchers who were 30 years old or younger on 1 March 2022.
- Applicants must be carrying out research and innovation projects
relevant for forestry, forest products, and/or forest products
processing technologies - with links to academia, public or private
research centres, and/or corporate research and innovation departments.
- Research work must demonstrate that it promotes innovation and
decarbonisation in the forest products sector, either in the forest, at
production facilities, along the supply chain, or via product
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