Energy Globe World Awards

Tehran: Vice President Mrs. Masoumeh Ebtekar awarded the world’s best environmental projects!

19th January 2016: In the impressive conference center of the Milad Tower rising over Tehran’s roofs the 16th Energy Globe World Awards have been handed over in an international gala. Vice President Mrs. Masoumeh Ebtekar referred in her speech to the importance of such awards for outstanding environmental projects and their implementation. This event is the starting signal for intensified efforts concerning sustainability in Iran which is underlined by an expansion program for Renewables and energy efficiency. Also Maneka Gandhi emphasized that a sustainable change in our world can’t be achieved by talks or laws but only by taking action as showed by the Energy Globe submissions.

Nobel Peace Prize Laureate and presenter Prof. Munasinghe said: It is necessary that poor and rich countries take each other’s hand in order to exchange experiences and support each other.

3 nominees respectively from all 5 continents competed in the 5 categories Earth, Water, Fire, Air and Youth. The nominees have been chosen from around 2,000 submissions from 177 countries.

A program from Ethiopia which makes arid soil fertile again won in the category Earth. A lighting project from the Philippines which lightens up the huts of the poorest by means of water bottles and bleach prevailed in the category Fire. In the category Water 2 winners were chosen: A project from Tehran implementing a holistic wastewater treatment plant for the 12 million city as well as a project from Tanzania in which water is sterilized and cleaned with do-it-yourself ceramic filters to become drinking water for thousands of people. The category Air showed a clear victory for a project from Switzerland which supplies branches of the chain by means of the first electric powered lorry worldwide. And in the category Youth the winner was a project from Belize allowing only young people to participate in a football tournament who have implemented an environmental project earlier.

The joy was great when the 2 overall winners were presented.

Representative for the developing countries the project from Ethiopia was chosen which shows how to make arid soils fertile again with appropriate know-how and commitment and therefore creating the basis for life.

For the industrialized countries the project from Iran won in which wastewater is recycled, energy is produced, agricultural land is created and emissions are reduced in a single process.

The Energy Globe World Award was a celebration for the environment, a venue for successful environment protection and a global departure into the century of sustainability.  

Hamid Chitchian, minister of energy and host of the Energy Globe World Award 2015, announced Energy Globe as an invaluable event: “If we want to save prosperity of society due to increasing population and globalization, we have to find renewable and sustainable ways.”

Details about the winnes and finalists you find here!


To safeguard the future of the planet and the right of future generations everywhere to live healthy and fulfilling lives should be a human right for everyone. ENERGY GLOBE Founder Wolfgang Neumann has made this goal his lifetime mission.

The International ENERGY GLOBE Awards / World Award for Sustainability are means to raise awareness on this issue, to showcase best practice solutions from a variety of countries, to motivate people to contribute their share and to convince governments to provide the necessary framework.

The international ENERGY GLOBE Awards are presented in the categories earth, fire, water, air – representing the ancient greek elements – in addition the category youth was introduced symbolizing our future. See more. The ENERGY GLOBE World Award winner is selected by audience and/or online voting from among the 5 category winners.

The international ENERGY GLOBE Award distinguishes the best projects in the five categories earth, fire, water, air and youth. The 1st prize in each category is endowed with 10.000 Euro.

The international ENERGY GLOBE Awards / World Award are presented annually in the realm of a festive ceremony. The 3 nominees in each category are invited and the winners are announced at the ceremony. Since 1999 such ceremonies took place in countries like Japan, Canada, the Czech Republic, Rwanda, etc. In 2007 and 2008 the European Parliament in Brussels for the first time in its history was the stage for an international ENERGY GLOBE Awards Ceremony.

Prominent Award presenters include Kofi Annan, Michail Gorbachev, Maneka Gandhi (Former Indian Environment Minister), Ahok Khosla (President Club of Rome) the Presidents of the EU Commission and EU Parliament, UNEP DG Achim Steiner, former World Bank Inspection Panel Chief Prof. Edward S. Ayensu. Actors like Martin Sheen, Aamir Khan, Peter Falk (Columbo), etc. presented awards and famous singers like Robin Gibb, Dionne Warwick, Alanis Morissette, etc. were guests at the ceremonies.

Thus the message of ENERGY GLOBE went around the world: 6,000 projects were submitted since 1999 ranging from high-tech to simple but highly efficient sustainable solutions. See more at ENERGY GLOBE's Project Database.

"...ENERGY GLOBE is a global forum for ecological change with the goal of employing global dialog to create awareness about the good sense of sustainable action.“

Maneka Gandhi
ENERGY GLOBE Jury, Chairperson

Have a look at the winners & finalists here!