Individuals, organisations and schools across Asia that are transforming lives through sustainable actions are being urged to enter the UAE’s international award for pioneers of renewable energy and sustainability, the Zayed Future Energy Prize, online before the 27 June closing date for the 2017 edition.
In three of its five categories, the Zayed Future Energy Prize seeks submissions from small and medium enterprises (SMEs), non-profit organisations (NPOs) and high schools. In the two remaining categories, the public may nominate any eligible large corporations and leading individuals.
The Zayed Future Energy Prize recognises innovative solutions addressing energy access, energy security and environmental challenges. More than 202 million people have positively experienced the sustainable actions of the prize’s winners to date.
Mr. Ratan Tata, Chairman Emeritus of Tata Sons and member of the Zayed Future Energy Prize Jury, said: “This has been another outstanding year for the Zayed Future Energy Prize. The record number of submissions is a testament to its growing reach. This is made all the more impressive by the diversity of those that apply to be part of this global community.”
Last January, nine winners were presented with the Zayed Future Energy Prize during the eighth awards ceremony in Abu Dhabi. In attendance was United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon and seven heads of state.
Dr. Nawal Al-Hosany, Director of the Zayed Future Energy Prize, said “The Zayed Future Energy Prize recognises and rewards those who have a vision for a better, more sustainable world. In doing so it empowers solutions in sustainability and clean energy that are addressing the world’s most pressing global challenges.”
Former Prime Minister of Norway Dr. Gro Harlem Brundtland received the Lifetime Achievement award for her long-term and steadfast commitment to sustainability and sustainable development. Dr. Brundtland is the Vice Chair of the UN Foundation and Deputy Chair of The Elders, an independent group of global leaders working together for peace and human rights.
The Large Corporation category prize was awarded to Chinese electric vehicles manufacturer BYD. Tanzanian energy access business Off. Grid Electric was the winner in the SME category, while Indonesian non-profit organisation Kopernik was announced as the winner in the NPO category. Joining them were five schools spanning five regions of the globe, whom were the winners in the Global High Schools category.
Chairman Wang Chaunfu of BYD said: “The Zayed Future Energy Prize is an important initiative to inspire people and organisations to create solutions for the future of energy generation, storage and usage, as well as tackling climate change and promoting sustainable development in the energy sector at a global level.”
For the latest edition of the prize, a record 1,437 entries were received from 97 countries. The US$4 million prize that empowers and rewards innovators in the fields of renewable energy and sustainability has now recognised 48 pioneers since its inception in 2008. There have been a combined total of more than 8,500 nominations and submissions from around 100 countries worldwide over that period and average year-on-year growth is close to 40% for each year of the prize’s lifetime.
Each year, the prize evaluates entries in each category based on their impact, innovation, leadership and long-term vision. It is at the end of this stringent evaluation process that the members of the Jury decide upon the winners.