The Zayed Sustainability Prize Newsletter Q1 - 2022

Innovating for Humanity


Zayed Sustainability Prize Opens Submissions for 2023 Cycle

Calling all changemakers with bold innovations that can transform lives across the categories of Health, Food, Energy, Water and Global High Schools!

The world is waiting for your sustainable solution.

Since 2008, the Prize has recognised and rewarded the achievements of those who are driving impactful, innovative and inspiring sustainability solutions. With the support of the Prize, our past winners have been able to deliver critical, practical and life-changing solutions to over 370 million people across the world.

We are excited to be accepting submissions from the next cadre of non-profit organisations, small and medium enterprises, and global high schools, who will drive real environmental and social change and generate an even greater impact on the world.

Now's your chance to transform lives, build your legacy, and #RiseWithThePrize. Apply today.

Submissions are open until 6 July 2022. Read more


"Global warming is a reality. And the best way to deal with it is to reduce our energy consumption. That is what LED did years ago."
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Dr. Shuji Nakamura was awarded the 2018 Lifetime Achievement award for his pioneering research developing light-emitting diodes (LEDs), which paved the way for a number of technological breakthroughs including energy-efficient lightbulbs.


With about 25% of the world's electricity used for lighting, the impact of Dr. Shuji Nakamura's work is global. LEDs are so energy-efficient, they can be powered by cheap local solar power, which brings the possibility of light to the 1.5 billion people who live and work off the energy grid.


Air Batalla: Sustaining A Community with Seawater & Sunlight

The Zayed Sustainability Prize celebrated another success story this winter from Air Batalla. Their inspiring project proposal to create a greenhouse that uses seawater to grow crops, providing a sustainable way to feed the community while preserving its precious water resource, won them the 2020 Global High School award for the Americas category.

Now, two years on, Air Batalla has successfully installed not just one, but two 'sea greenhouses' in their local community of UribĂ­a, Colombia, benefiting thousands of students and community residents.

Despite delays caused by the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic, which hindered progress towards the completion deadline, the project was formally inaugurated this winter and both greenhouses are now fully operational. Read More



Ecothon Challenge Winners Announced

Congratulations to the winners of our Ecothon Challenge!

The Ecothon Challenge ran for two months under the theme of 'Increasing energy storage capacity in MENA.' Young people between the ages of 15 and 24 were challenged to design innovative solutions that would increase energy storage capacity in the MENA region in order to contribute to greater climate action and self-sufficiency.

The winning team, Team Smart Grid Network, proposed an intriguing solution to ramp up the region's energy storage capability: A common smart-grid network between neighbouring countries. In this model, where and how energy is produced is analysed to determine the optimal way of managing a shared smart electrical grid. The team suggested that storing energy as hydrogen or heat may be more efficient and economical than electricity. Thus, they propose that creating a grid management platform that considers how to generate, store and transport power across the entire region will increase the region's renewable energy storage capacity by 25% by 2040.

Team Smart Grid Network included Mohamed Elmouki, Yassine Miski and Khadija Abdeljabbar from Morroco. They were awarded an all-expenses-paid trip to attend Expo 2020 Dubai for a weekend trip in March.

The Ecothon Challenge is another way the Zayed Sustainability Prize is supporting and empowering young people to develop concrete solutions to some of the world's most pressing sustainability challenges.

Stay tuned for upcoming challenges!
One year ago, a Voices of Sustainability's was launched by the Zayed Sustainability Prize as a platform to hear from the world's sustainability thought leaders and to stay on the pulse of the rapidly evolving clean energy transition
With over 1.4 million views, we are proud to promote a better understanding of the challenges and opportunities the energy transition brings through our virtual fireside chats.

Uncharted Waters: Reversing a Crisis

Produced under the theme of 'Unchartered Water: Reversing a Crisis,' the 11th episode of Voices of Sustainability aired on World Water Day, celebrated annually on 22 March.

The episode featured water experts and guest speakers Dr. Jonathan Foley, Executive Director of Project Drawdown and Chris Hines, Co-Founder and former Director of Surfers Against Sewage. They shared their optimism on the technologies and solutions underway that are helping to produce safer water for vulnerable communities, and the work that still needs to be done to safeguard our precious water resources.

Investing in a Sustainable Planet

The next episode of Voices of Sustainability, scheduled to air on Friday, 22 April 2022 at 8 am EST, will be held under the theme of "Investing in a Sustainable Planet".

Guest speakers include Agbor Ashu, Co-Founder & Medical Director of Healthlane; Nidhi Pant, Co-Founder of S4S Technologies; Thomas Rieger, CEO of Solar Kiosk; and Lim Chong Tee, Chief Marketing Officer of Wateroam. They will discuss how climate change is hampering efforts to bring equitable and inclusive access to clean energy, healthcare, food and water to people across the world, and how technology and innovation, along with other factors like shifting economic markets and public policies, are creating unprecedented opportunities to solve these challenges.

Upcoming series' schedule, topics, and special guests will be announced ahead of time on our social media channels

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