9 more winners of Zayed Future Energy Prize honoured.
Over 200 million people worldwide have benefitted from the Zayed Future Energy Prize (ZFEP), and on Monday, nine more winners, whose work with clean energy projects are already making a difference in their communities’ lives, were announced.
The nine winners were honoured during the opening ceremony of the Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week by His Highness Shaikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, and His Highness Shaikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces.
“Yes, we did it,” exclaimed Khalid Mohammed Abdulahi, a science teacher at the SOS HG Sheikh Secondary School in Somalia, who was one of the winners.
“When they announced our name it was a shock, in a good way. The award will encourage us to continue our work, opening the path to new experiences,” he told Khaleej Times.
The Somalian school is working on a project to instal cheap, affordable solar and wind energy sources, as well as biogas for cooking, which will benefit 293 families in the community.
Launched in 2008, ZFEP has so far recognised 48 pioneers of renewable energy and sustainability. Every year, it awards $4 million to the winners. For its 2015/16 edition, it received a record 1,437 entries from 97 countries.
The lifetime achievement award went to former prime minister of Norway, Dr Gro Harlem Brundtland.
Dr Brundtland began talking about sustainable development in the late 1980s. She was also the first to introduce the idea of carbon emissions taxes.
“For 40 years, I’ve been working on the same issues that also concerned (the late) Shaikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, who inspired this award,” said Dr. Brundtland. “The legacy of Shaikh Zayed is an inspiration to all who aspire to find solutions to the world’s common challenges around sustainable, equitable and secure access to energy and water.”