UN Environment (UNEP) Asia Pacific Low Carbon Lifestyles Challenge 2018 ($10,000 grant)

UN Environment (UNEP) Asia Pacific Low Carbon Lifestyles Challenge 2018 ($10,000 grant)

Deadline: January 26, 2018

The UN Environment (UNEP) invites entries for the Asia Pacific Low Carbon Lifestyles Challenge 2018. The Asia Pacific Low Carbon Lifestyles Challenge aims to mobilise and support young people with business ideas on how to foster energy efficient, low waste and low-carbon lifestyles.

This is an initiative under SWITCH-Asia’s Regional Sustainable Consumption and Production Policy Advocacy, the Asia Pacific Regional Roadmap on Sustainable Consumption and Production and the 10 Year Framework of Programmes on Sustainable Consumption and Production.

Calling Young entrepreneurs, citizens, community leaders, activists, chefs, scientists and students! Do you want to take action to make sustainable lifestyles easier in Asia and the Pacific? Join The Asia Pacific Low Carbon Lifestyles Challenge!

The Challenge

To start a business venture that will reduce the waste, energy and carbon footprint of lifestyles in Asia and the Pacific.


Win $10,000 grant to implement your idea!


  • You must be less than 35 years old at the time of application.
  • Open to citizens of Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Cambodia, People’s Republic of China, Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, Fiji, India, Indonesia, Islamic Republic of Iran, Kiribati, Lao, People’s Democratic Republic, Malaysia, Maldives, Marshall Islands, Micronesia (Federated States of), Mongolia, Myanmar, Nauru, Nepal, Pakistan, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Timor- Leste, Tonga, Tuvalu, Vanuatu, Vietnam, Cook Islands, Niue.
  • Must be available to attend our training on 18-21 March 2018 in Bangkok, Thailand.
  • Submit applications by 26 January (23:59 Bangkok time).

Judging Criteria

Your proposed project must be…

  • Facilitating low carbon lifestyles. The project must aim to help a measurable amount of people to reduce the carbon footprint of their lifestyles in one or more of the following domains: households, food, mobility, consumer goods and leisure.
  • Articulated clearly. Projects must have a clear question or problem that will be addressed with a reasonably specific solution.
  • Realistic. The project should be able to generate results within 12 months.  The goals need to balance aspiration with attainability.  This includes a quick start element with a clear outline of what has to be done within the first 3 months.
  • Led by someone who is a stakeholder in the area they want to see impact. The applicant has to make a case for how they specifically will use their networks, role in society or other to carry out the project. A successful candidate is not just an ‘ideas person’ – you need to be a stakeholder in your domain of influence.
  • Measurable. Can the project develop baseline data and measure impact?  E.g. energy, transport methods, food types and amounts, number of products, hours of community engagement, etc.
  • Sustainable beyond the grant period. The project concept should indicate how it will have lasting impact beyond the implementation period.
  • Scalable and replicable. Is this an idea that could be expanded on a large scale or replicated in another sector or country?


Enter here for a chance at a $10,000 grant to implement your idea!

For more information, visit Asia Pacific Low Carbon Lifestyles Challenge.