Energy Globe Award

With more than 178 participating countries and over 2000 project submissions annually the Energy Globe Award is today's most prestigious environmental prize worldwide. It distinguishes projects regionally, nationally and globally that conserve resources such as energy or utilize renewable or emission-free sources. Award ceremonies are held all over the world. Prominent personalities as well as Energy Globe Ambassadors in 90 countries support the mission of Energy Globe. The activities of Energy Globe attract worldwide media attention - international TV stations report each year with approximately 1,000 hours of broadcasting time. The aim of the Energy Globe is to raise global attention on sustainable, everywhere applicable environmental solutions and to motivate people to also become active in this area.

National ENERGY GLOBE Award Latvia 2017

Submitted by: Vides izglītības fonds / FEE Latvia
Project: Campaign "My Sea"

The project aims to improve the ecology of the Baltic Sea by actively cleaning the litter which is polluting it. This involves a regular clean up activity in conjunction with the provision of educational programs aimed at educating the public about the importance of the Baltic Sea to the local environment.

Initial situation
In recent decades the mass dumping of plastics and other non-biodegradable materials into the seas and oceans has caused the planet’s ecosystems to degrade and has adversely affected the marine life all over the world.

Solution
Projects such as this one, which have the noble objective of educating large populations in the importance of the environment and the dangers posed to it, can help reverse the damage done to the many crippled waterways. In programs such as this, the educational portion can inspire people to clean up the many damaged water sources.

Innovation
Using this project to create awareness of the ecological dangers in the public sphere has the knock on effect of moving the topic into the political sphere. This has the capacity to effect real change and institute the best set of rules in social responsibility, which can prevent this from continuing and from re-occurring.

Involved partners
MSFD EU, UNEP/IOC

We are an enthusiastic supporter of the Energy Globe Awards and its aim to strengthen society’s awareness of the necessity for ecological change, by honouring outstanding best practice projects in environmental sustainability from all parts of the world. ADVANTAGE AUSTRIA is the official Trade Promotion Organisation (TPO) of the Republic of Austria and as a country we are proud of our success in green technologies. Our support of the Energy Globe Awards continues this tradition.

Jury-Rating
The importance of the planet’s waterways are important not only for the provision of fresh potable water but also for the world’s ecosystems. Without a balance to the ocean life and the natural compounds found therein, the planet cannot self-regulate the environment. Projects such as these are needed to ensure that future generations have the ability to reverse the damage and maintain the planet’s ecosystem.



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