New York, NY – May 18, 2015
– Leaders in clean energy from Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates are in New York this week to attend the United Nations Sustainable Energy for All (SE4All) Forum, which engages top-level leadership from more than 85 different countries in all sectors of society including governments, businesses and non-profit groups. The trip is part of an effort to engage innovative individuals, organizations and schools that are finding solutions to meet the challenges of climate change, energy security and the environment; and to encourage them to apply for the annual Zayed Future Energy Prize.
Since its inception in 2008, the annual $4 million Zayed Future Energy Prize has recognized 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 Organization (NPO/NGO), Global High Schools and nominations for the Lifetime Achievement Award.
“We are proud to participate again this year in the UN’s Sustainable Energy for All (SE4All) Forum and continue our support of the SE4All initiative,” said Dr. Nawal Al-Hosany, Director of the Zayed Future Energy Prize. “We are also pleased that so many of our previous Prize winners are featured at this year’s SE4All Forum. In addition to receiving the financial benefits, winners of the Prize are given a unique platform to promote their organizations and their work around sustainable practices and renewable energy development at global events such as the SE4All Forum. Notably, students from previous Global High Schools Prize winners will be attending the Forum as part of the initiative and will be touring key sites in New York that have been important in advancing renewable energy development.”
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 recognized 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.
Organizations, 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 June 22, 2015 and can be made online at www.ZayedFutureEnergyPrize.com