(Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates) Today the winners of the different categories of the “Nobel Prize” for renewable energy at the international level were announced. Who are the companies, organizations and schools that are working to change the world?
Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week continues its course and began this week with one of its most prominent events: the World Future Energy Summit (WFES), a space that brings together high-level representatives from companies with organizations around the world and local community. Under the organization of the renewable energy company Masdar, and in the context of the central welcome plenary, yesterday was held the Zayed Future Energy Prize.
What is the Prize? It’s a competition that has the objective of recognizing the different actors who, in different parts of the world, are contributing to a sustainable future from the development and use of renewable energy. The prize is awarded differentially to five categories: large corporations, small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), non-profit organizations, global high schools and lifetime achievement.
The hostess of the event, the communicator Aida Al Busaidy, highlighted the work of the committee of high-level professionals who, belonging to different categories, choose the winners in each of the categories. Who are the ones who are now changing or looking to change the world from renewable energy sources? Here are the winners.
Large corporation. North American General Electric was the company chosen for its work towards the development of renewable energy around the world, considering its presence in more than 190 countries.
Small and medium-size enterprises (SME). Britain’s Sonnen was recognized for its daily activities linked to something fundamental for the development of solar energy: batteries and energy storage. The prize is US$ 1.5 million.
Non-profit organization. Originally from the United Kingdom, Practical Action was applauded for its work in the communities of Nepal where, through hydraulics projects seek, to work together with the local families to give a sustainable answer to their problems. Its quote of inspiration defines its actions: “Justice technology to challenge poverty”. The prize is US$ 1.5 million.
Global high schools. This category is divided at the regional level with five chosen institutions. In this case it is not a recognition for their past work, but for the presentation of a project to be realized from the prize with a positive impact on the school and its community.
The institutions that will receive US$ 100,000 each are: Houonville Highschool of Australia (Oceania) looking to build a research center based on renewable energy; Green School Bali in Indonesia for the future development of reusable and recyclable batteries to use in solar energy as a way of learning and an overall improvement in community access to electricity; Starehe Girls Center & School in Kenya (Africa) in its quest to reduce its carbon emissions and to offer more girls the opportunity to study in their institution; Belvedere College of Ireland (Europe) for its food production project from renewable sources; and the Unidad Educativa Sagrado Corazón 4 of Bolivia for its initiative also of food production from the collection of rainwater and the use of alternative energy.
Lifetime achievement. The recognition of personality was for the Chinese Li Junfeng for his tireless work to improve the quality of life of families in rural communities in his country through the development of renewable energy. The prize is US$ 500,000
The origins of the Zayed Prize are traced back to the country’s founding father, Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan al Nahyan, who stood out for having championed sustainability as a central part of his heritage for the United Arab Emirates.