Global annual $4 million prize is a unique platform to promote innovative work around sustainable development

Posted on Jun 16 2015 - 8:24am by John Peters
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The annual Zayed Future Energy Prize, which celebrates achievements that support a long-term vision in renewable energy and sustainability, is approaching its June 30th deadline for submissions and nominations for the

Since its inception in 2008, the annual $4 million Zayed Future Energy Prize has recognised some of the most innovative and visionary leaders in global sustainability

Since its inception in 2008, the annual $4 million Zayed Future Energy Prize has recognised some of the most innovative and visionary leaders in global sustainability

2016 Prize.

Since its inception in 2008, the annual $4 million Zayed Future Energy Prize has recognised some of the most innovative and visionary leaders in global sustainability. The prize accepts submissions across four of the five categories: Large Corporation, Small and Medium Enterprise (SME), Non-Profit Organisation (NPO/NGO), Global High Schools and nominations for the Lifetime Achievement Award. Nominations in the Lifetime Achievement Award category will have made an exceptional impact on the industry or broader society with distinct personal achievements over at least a decade, and will be in a unique position to promote a strong clean energy using the Zayed Future Energy Prize as a platform.

The Zayed Future Energy Prize boasts a prestigious selection committee that includes leaders from the World Energy Council, the United Nations Foundation, Forum for the Future, Columbia University, the Masdar Institute of Science and Technology, the International Renewable Energy Agency and more. Once entries are shortlisted, the winners are selected by a jury of former world leaders, academic and corporate presidents and visionary entrepreneurs including the President of the Republic of Iceland, HE Olafur Ragnar Grimsson, Founder of the Virgin Group, Sir Richard Branson, the Chairman of Tata Trusts, Ratan N. Tata, the former Prime Minister of Korea, Dr. Han Seung-soo, the President and CEO of the United Nations Foundation, Kathy Calvin, among others. For a full list of jury members see here.

“With this being the ‘Year of Innovation’ in the UAE, we are encouraging innovators from all categories to submit for the Zayed Future Energy Prize,” said Dr. Nawal Al-Hosany, Director of the Zayed Future Energy Prize. “The Prize is a unique platform and resource that has helped to advance the goals and widen the impact of previous winners and finalists toward a more sustainable future that we all can benefit from now and for future generations.”

Winners of last year’s Zayed Future Energy Prize were Panasonic Corporation (Large Corporation), M-Kopa Solar (SME), Liter of Light (NPO) and Former Vice President Al Gore (Lifetime Achievement). Munro Academy (Canada) was the winner for the Americas in the Global High Schools category. The winners were recognised during the Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week and were selected from a record number of submissions and nominations from 84 countries.

Over the past seven years, winners of the Zayed Future Energy Prize have touched the lives of over 150 million people – generating 190,000 MWh from renewables, reducing 800 million tons 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 at www.ZayedFutureEnergyPrize.com for more information on how to submit for the 2016 awards or to nominate candidates for the lifetime achievement category.

Submissions and nominations close on Tuesday, June 30, 2015 and can be made online at http://entry.zayedfutureenergyprize.com/index.php.

For any queries about application process or procedure, please reach out to the Zayed UK Team: ZayedPrizeUK@lansons.com

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