Announcing the winner of the VPS Innovation in Sustainability Award 2021

This global campaign by VPS recognised and rewarded - with a $10,00 scholarship - the brightest young innovators in the field of sustainability.

Working closely with our creative partners, Purmön, we invited over 160 different engineering, technology and scientific university departments to submit their proposals (each having to meet the four United Nations Sustainable Development Goals we are aligned to).

Six specially chosen judges, including an external expert, Lesley Bankes-Hughes, Publishing Director of Petrospot, reviewed the entries and chose one winner – a brilliant concept submitted by the Engineering Department of the Abu Dhabi University.

‘Our aim was to find the most impactful idea that could genuinely contribute towards marine sustainability and improve the wellbeing of our environment on a global level.’
Malcolm Cooper, CEO, VPS

For more information, please contact Steve Bee at

VPS Innovation in Sustainability Award 2021

As global leaders in fuel and oil testing for the marine, power and renewable sectors, VPS is dedicated to making a positive contribution to global sustainability.

And to celebrate our 40th Anniversary in this field, we are launching our biggest and most impactful initiative yet. We are looking for the young innovators of today who will be making a change to our world tomorrow by delivering practical responses to environmental challenges.

The VPS Innovation in Sustainability Award 2021 will reward one student with a $10,000 scholarship. There are also runners-up prizes of work placements within the VPS global network, plus the potential for VPS to partner with selected entrants to fund initial feasibility studies [and beyond].

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The UN Sustainable Development Goals

The United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) represent an achievable action plan for us and our environment to truly thrive by 2030.

VPS is actively contributing towards four of these goals most closely aligned to our own working practices of Marine and Power/Renewables:

  • UN SDG 03 Health and well-being
  • UN SDG 07 Affordable and clean energy
  • UN SDG 13 Climate action
  • UN SDG 14 Life below water

All entries for the VPS Innovation in Sustainability Award 2021 must, therefore, represent proven, valuable and original thinking in one or more of these four SDGs.

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Additional Entry Criteria

  • We are looking to discover new sustainable ideas, products and/or concepts that could actively contribute to the wellbeing of our environment
  • This initiative is open to 18-25-year-olds studying full-time in the UK, UAE, the Netherlands, Singapore and Texas
  • All proposals must feature practical, viable concepts (that are not currently being used for commercial purposes)
  • Entrants cannot be affiliated, connected or related in any way with VPS, its employees, partners or investors
  • Applicants must submit their proposals to us, in strict adherence to our Terms & Conditions, by midnight on September 30th 2021 [GMT]

The winner will be announced in November prior to the final online award ceremony in December.

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Judging Panel

Forms & Policies

To begin the entry process, please complete the initial application form via the link below where we will ask for more details about you, your concept and its viability.

If you have any questions about any part of this initiative, please contact us directly at

VPS wishes you all the very best of luck.