Posted on: Tuesday 2 October, 2012 2:37
|Zayed Future Energy Prize one step closer to identifying winners
The Zayed Future Energy Prize Selection Committee has identified the finalists of the Prize in preparation for the jury meeting taking place in October. Candidates that feature technologies ranging from energy access, solar, wind power and carbon reduction will be presented to the jury on October 17 for the final deliberations.
A record total of 579 entries from 88 countries were received this year, marking a 36% increase over last year.
The two-day Selection Committee meeting took place following the meeting of the Review Committee earlier in September.
Dr. Sultan Ahmed Al Jaber, Director General of the Zayed Future Energy Prize, said: "By focusing on leadership, long term vision, impact and innovation, the Criterion of the Prize truly encapsulate the legacy of our late Founding Father, Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan and the ongoing commitment of our wise and visionary leadership.”
“Now in its fifth year, the Prize has gained reputation as an influential authority for the global renewable energy and sustainability community. The heated deliberations of the two-day Selection Committee meetings are a testament to the quality of submissions and how difficult it has been to identify the winners for this year," he added.
“As the renewable energy industry gains momentum and grows more diverse, we saw a broad spectrum of candidates that reflect this evolving energy landscape. Each of the shortlisted finalists is an inspiration in its respective field. It is now up to our jury to identify the winners and I am sure it is going to be a tough decision." Dr. Al Jaber said.
HE Razan Al Mubarak, Secretary General of the Environment Agency in Abu Dhabi and Chairperson of the Selection Committee, said: “The Prize drives innovation and recognition in a field that is pertinent to the conservation of our future. It acts as a platform to connect the various players in the renewable and sustainability sectors so they can address their needs, be it industry partnerships, funding or recognition.”
Bader Al Lamki, Acting Director of Masdar Clean Energy and Vice Chairperson of the Selection Committee said: ““The Prize truly reflects the spirit of our late founding father. As members of the Selection Committee, we are responsible for identifying the candidates that must be brought to the Jury’s attention; but equally important is safeguarding the spirit of the namesake of this prize in all that we do – ensuring that his leadership, his long term vision, his innovative spirit and his impact on the UAE and the world is reflected in our deliberations.”
All categories – Large Corporations, SME, NGO, Lifetime Achievement and the newly launched Global High Schools prize category – were assessed based on the prize criteria of Innovation, Impact, Leadership and Long-term vision. Each criterion carries a different weight for each category; Large Corporations have a larger emphasis on impact and long-term vision, SMEs on innovation and long-term vision NGOs on impact and innovation. Lifetime Achievement assessments place emphasis on innovation and impact equally, while the Global High Schools Prize focuses on innovation and long term vision.
On October 17, the Jury of the Zayed Future Energy Prize will meet for the final phase in the process, the selection of the winners who will be announced at the 2013 awards ceremony, taking place during the Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week in January.
The 2013 finalists are: BYD Company Limited, Sharp Corporation and Siemens LLC in the Large Corporation category; Ceres, Fraunhofer ISE and Rocky Mountain Institute in the NGO category; Clean Power Finance, d.light design, EcoNation, Grameen Shakti and Mainstream Renewable Power in the SME category; and in the Global High Schools category, Bronx Design & Construction Academy and Secundaria Tecnica 120 from the Americas, Okehampton College and Queen Elizabeth II High School from Europe, Kirya Secondary School and Waterford Kamhlaba from Africa and Fujimigaoka Educational Institution, Kalkeri Sangeet Vidyalaya and Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Bangladesh Islamia School from Asia.
About the Zayed Future Energy Prize: The Zayed Future Energy Prize embodies the vision of the late founding father of the UAE, Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan who laid the foundation for renewable energy and sustainability as part of his legacy in sustainable development in the UAE. An annual award, the Prize is managed by Masdar, on behalf of the Abu Dhabi government and seeks to award achievements and innovation in the fields of renewable and sustainable energy, as well as to educate and inspire future generations.