Zayed Future Energy winners awarded
Abu Dhabi, January 18, 2012
Three winners and two runners up of the 2012 Zayed Future Energy Award were recently presented with their awards at a ceremony held at Emirates Palace.
HH General Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, presented the awards to the winners, a statement from the event organisers said.
“The Zayed Future Energy Prize has become a beacon of light, stimulating thinkers and creators while encouraging the world to accelerate innovation in renewable energy and sustainability. This prize is a clear manifestation of the vision of the late founding father of the United Arab Emirates, Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan - who placed a priority on investing in human capital and the preservation of our natural resources for generations to come,” Sheikh Mohammed said.
A prize total of $3.5 million was awarded in the small and medium enterprises (SMEs) & non-governmental organisations (NGOs) category to the UK’s Carbon Disclosure Project whilst India’s Orb Energy and Environmental Defence Fund of the US were first and second runners-up respectively.
Dr Ashok Gadgil from the US won the Lifetime Achievement Award while French company Schneider Electric received a Recognition Award in the Large Corporations category, the statement said.
Gadgil received $500,000 for his efforts as one of the leading modern inventors in the US for the Darfur stove which is energy-efficient, cutting the need for firewood by 55 percent.
The awards ceremony culminated a stringent year-long, four-stage process. Nominations for the Zayed Future Energy Prize were launched in May 2011 through a globally targeted campaign, it said.
In August 2011, at the close of nominations, a record 1,103 submissions were received, of which 425 were submitted by September, the statement said.
The Zayed Future Energy Prize is awarded annually to large corporations, individuals and SMEs and NGOs that have made significant contributions to the future of energy, climate change and sustainability. The 2013 edition of the awards will feature the newly instituted Global High School Prize to inspire a new generation of leaders and innovators. - TradeArabia News Service