Climathon: Can The Food Delivery System Go Green?


The COVID-19 pandemic has brought a booming new culture to Malta – take-away food deliveries. And given that packaging is a big part of this culture, it is of course contributing to Malta’s waste issue even more.

To this end, the challenge presented by the Environment and Resources Authority (ERA) for this year’s Climathon is as topical and as relevant as ever – to reduce plastic and carbon emissions in our food delivery system.

Challenge equals moving forward

Climathon is a global movement that organises a yearly challenge related to climate, and because it is organised in 100 cities in 60 different countries, every city picks a particular issue that is relevant to its own particular challenges, situations and needs.

This year, the event is being organised by the The EIT Climate-KIC Malta Hub and Gadgets has spoken with hub manager Nika Levikov.

“Climathon is a movement in cities all over world. It has grown from 600 to 6,500 participants over the last four years. It’s not just about coming up with ideas, it’s about making the best solutions come to life. Challenge Owners – which for us this year is the Environment and Resources Authority – are committed to investing in the winning team/solution so that climate challenges are addressed locally in impactful ways.”

Niki Levikov – Manager at EIT-Climate KIC Malta Hub

Who’s up for the challenge? The aim for this year is to come up with solutions for the the removal of single-use plastic in our food delivery system. Presented and led by the ERA, the 24-hour event will happen between the 29th and 30th October. The hub invites interested candidates to come up with ideas and plans to help address the challenge.

Meet, network, present and win

Another aim is to create a network of like-minded individuals to share and come-up with ideas to reduce single-use products. Climathon also aims to help local businesses in their pursuit towards sustainability and also to inspire start-ups.

A €7,500 prize will be awarded for the best solution presented, and the winning team will then be able to implement their solution in 2022.

Do you want to be part of the revolution? Hurry up and register. Deadline for registration is Sunday 24th October.