Paulson Institute Announces 2022 Paulson Prize Nominees

Beijing (September 29, 2022)—Today, the Paulson Institute, in partnership with Tsinghua University, officially announced the top 10 nominations for the 2022 Paulson Prize for Sustainability. The annual award honors projects in China that provide innovative and scalable solutions at the intersection of economics and the environment to tackle the pressing twin crises of climate change and biodiversity loss. Nominations in the “Green Innovation” and “Nature Stewardship” categories will compete for the 2022 Prize.

2022 is a year of extreme weather, droughts, and floods. It is also the year when the international community is expected to step up its response to the twin challenges of climate change and biodiversity loss, especially at the backdrop of the upcoming 27th UN Climate Change Conference (COP 27)  and the Convention on Biological Diversity (COP 15). As the world’s second-largest economy with rich biodiversity, China is taking another step forward in promoting innovative technologies and solutions to address climate change and biodiversity loss.

We are pleased that the organizing committee received more than one hundred submissions from 25 provinces, municipalities, and autonomous regions across the country, with Jiangsu Province, Beijing, Guangdong Province, Zhejiang Province, and Jiangxi Province leading the list.

Submissions hail from various fields covering clean energy, green materials and manufacturing, low-carbon and digital transformation, green fintech, environmental protections, green transformation, and buildings. They also include innovative models and mechanisms to conserve biodiversity and restore natural ecosystems.

The winners of the 2022 Paulson Prize for the Green Innovation and Nature Stewardship categories are determined by an independent Jury Committee composed of prominent Chinese and American experts who evaluate the nominees’ projects. The finalists will compete to win the coveted award later this year in Beijing.


List of Nominations for the 2022 Paulson Prize

(presented in alphabetical order)

Green Innovation

The Paulson Prize – Green Innovation awards solutions that respond to climate change, improve the built environment, accelerate the upgrading of the energy structure, and promote low carbon development, to build a future of environmental sustainability and economic growth.

  • “C cloud” Solution: Reshaping Carbon Management for Businesses with Fintech
    By Carbonstop (Beijing) Tech Co., Ltd
  • China’s Pilot Energy Big Data Center to Support Carbon Neutrality Strategy in Zhejiang
    By State Grid Zhejiang Provincial Electric Power Co.,ltd.
  • DeepChem AI Computing & High Throughput Automation Synthesis Platform
    By DeepChem Technology (Beijing) Co. Ltd.
  • ESGhub, the World’s Leading ESG Data Platform
    By Yingtou Information Technology (Shanghai) Co., Ltd
  • Grandblue Model Promotes Synergistic and Efficient Pollution and Carbon Emission Reduction in the Construction of Waste-free
    By Grandblue Environment Co., Ltd.
  • Green Material: Eco-friendly Plumbing Fixtures with Innovative Material
    By Qinghai Xiwang High-tech Materials Co., Ltd.
  • G-Seeker: Innovative Pollution Monitoring Technology and Supervision Model Based on Aqueous Fingerprint
    By Suzhou G-Seeker Technology Co., Ltd
  • Low-carbon Technology for the Oil Refinery Industry
    By Luoyang Weida Petrochemical Engineering Co., LTD
  • Smart Manufacturing and Green Energy Management Empowers Hard-To-Abate Industries to Achieve Low-Carbon Goals
    By Schneider Electric (China) Co., Ltd.
  • Sustainable Innovation in Green Logistics: Nike China Logistics Center
  • The Low-Carbon & Smart Energy Industrial Campus of Yancheng, Jiangsu Province
    By Huawei Technologies Co., Ltd.

Nature Stewardship

The Paulson Prize – Nature Stewardship recognizes solutions that improve the natural environment, meet the urgent challenges of ecological degradation and biodiversity loss, and inspire people to live in harmony with nature.

  • An Online Intelligent Monitoring Project for Wildlife Based on Acoustics
    By Guangzhou Naturesense Ecological Technology Co.
  • China’s First Forestry Carbon Sink Index Insurance
    By China Life Property & Casualty Insurance Company Limited Fujian Branch
  • China Nature Watch: Data-Based Decision Making to Mainstream Biodiversity Conservation
    By Shan Shui Conservation Center
  • Comprehensive Utilization Demonstration Project of Soil Remediation and Photovoltaic Power Generation in Renhua, Guangdong
    By Sungrow Power Supply Co., Ltd.
  • “Green Planet” Green Credits Donation Project
    By Alibaba Foundation
  • Guarding on the Cloud
    By Dongying Power Supply Company of State Grid Shandong Electric Power Company
  • Guardians of the Ocean – Early-Stage Consultation Mechanism for Ecological Protection
    By Cross-border Environment Concern Association
  • Innovative Model of Urban Development and Wetland Conservation in Changshu, Jiangsu Province
    By Changshu Wetland Conservation and Management Station
  • Novartis Southwest Sichuan Carbon-Sink Forestry, Community and Biodiversity Project
    By Novartis Group (China)
  • Practices on Protecting and Rewilding for Ecosystem Authenticity of Sanjiangyuan National Park
    By Northwest Institute of Plateau Biology, Chinese Academy of Sciences
  • Securing Biodiversity Conservation and Sustainable use in China’s Dongting Lake Protected Areas
    By Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)


About the Paulson Prize for Sustainability
The Paulson Prize for Sustainability (the “Paulson Prize”) was initiated in 2013 by the Paulson Institute and developed in partnership with Tsinghua University. The prestigious award is given annually to projects in China that provide innovative and scalable solutions in the two categories of Green Innovation and Nature Stewardship. Winners in the Green Innovation category recognize economic and environmental challenges that tackle the pressing twin crises of climate change and biodiversity loss. The Nature Stewardship will identify projects on the built environment and nature conservation. The Prize aims to lead the global sustainability transformation by inspiring new thinking and shining a light on projects that offer the best potential to meet these challenges, in China and around the world.

About the Paulson Institute
Founded in 2011 by former Treasury Secretary Henry M. Paulson, Jr., the non-partisan Paulson Institute is based in Chicago, with offices in Washington and Beijing. The Paulson Institute is a non-partisan, independent, privately funded “think and do tank” dedicated to fostering a US-China relationship that serves to maintain global order in a rapidly evolving world. The focus on US-China is dictated by the reality that it is the most consequential bilateral relationship in the world. We operate at the intersection of economics, financial markets, and environmental protection by promoting market-based solutions to ensure green economic growth.

About Tsinghua University
Tsinghua University was established in 1911. With the motto of “Self-Discipline and Social Commitment” and the spirit of “Actions Speak Louder than Words,” Tsinghua University is dedicated to the well-being of Chinese society and world development. At present, the university has 14 schools and 56 departments with faculties in science, engineering, humanities, law, medicine, history, philosophy, economics, management, education and art. The University has now over 25,900 students, including 13,100 undergraduates and 12,800 graduate students. As one of China’s most renowned universities, Tsinghua has become an important institution for fostering talent and scientific research.

Media contact:
Tina Ren
Paulson Institute