Annual US$4 million prize rewards individuals, organisations and schools making a positive impact in the fields of renewable energy and sustainability
Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates - Tuesday, January 20th 2015 [ME NewsWire]
Today, submissions and nominations opened for the 2016 Zayed Future Energy Prize. The Prize, an annual US$4 million award, recognises individuals, organisations and schools for advancing solutions that will meet the challenges of climate change, energy security and the environment.
Submissions and nominations to the 2016 Zayed Future Energy Prize opened at 12.00 a.m. Gulf Standard Time. The Prize accepts submissions across four of the five categories: Large Corporation, Small and Medium Enterprise, Non-Profit Organisation and Global High Schools and nominations for the Lifetime Achievement Award.
Leading the call for submissions, His Excellency Dr. Sultan Al Jaber, director-general of the Zayed Future Energy Prize said, “Innovation is a driving force for change – we need clean energy innovators to find sustainable solutions to the pressing global challenges facing the world today. The Zayed Future Energy Prize recognises leaders, inventors, entrepreneurs and students who strive for change and rewards them for their achievements.
“In seven years the Prize and its ambassadors have positively impacted the lives of more than150 million people around the world. The Prize invites the world most brilliant minds to join a growing network of international alumni.” said Dr. Al Jaber.
Six months ago the Zayed Future Energy Prize received a record number of entries for this year’s awards with a total of 1,111 submissions and nominations from 84 countries. Nine winners collected the 2015 Prize at an awards ceremony on Monday, 19 January 2015, during Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week.
In seven years, winners and finalists of the Zayed Future Energy Prize have touched the lives of over 150,000,000 million people – generating 190,000 MWh from renewables, reducing 800 million tonnes of carbon emissions, providing safe drinking water to 6 million people and introduced 350,000 people to sustainable solutions and management best practices.
Organisations, individuals and schools can visit the Zayed Future Energy website: www.ZayedFutureEnergyPrize.com for more information on how to submit for the 2016 awards or nominate candidates for the lifetime achievement category.
About the Zayed Future Energy Prize:
The Zayed Future Energy Prize embodies the vision of the late founding father of the UAE, Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, who laid the foundation for renewable energy, social and environmental sustainability as part of his legacy in the economic development of the UAE. The Prize is a US$4 million annual award, managed by Masdar, on behalf of the Abu Dhabi government, seeks to award achievements and innovation in the fields of renewable energy and sustainability, as well as to educate and inspire future generations.
Zayed Future Energy Prize recognizes pioneering individuals, organisations and schools amongst five categories: Large Corporations, Small and Medium Enterprise, Non-Profit Organisations and Global High Schools.
Photo 1: ABU DHABI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES - January 19, 2015:(R-L, back row), HE Dr Sultan Ahmed Al Jaber UAE Minister of State Chairman of Masdar and Chairman of the Abu Dhabi Ports Company (ADPC), HH General Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Vice-President Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, HE Abdel Fattah El-Sisi President of Egypt and Al Gore Former, Vice President of the United States, stand for a photograph with winners of the Zayed Future Energy Prize, during Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week at the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre (ADNEC). (Front row, L-R) Yoshihiko Yamada of Panasonic, Jesse Moore M-KOPA Solar, a representative from Munro Academy in Canada, student representatives from Waterford Kamhlaba United World College of Southern Africa in Swaziland, a representative from Petru Rares National College in Romania, Illac Diaz from Liter of Light, a representative from Melbourne Girls' High School in Australia, and Ibrahim Nadheem, from Addu High School in the Maldives.
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