2016-06-05 00:00:00 / National Awards
The national winners of 177 countries are certain!
On the occasion of the UNO World Environment Day on 5th June, the national winners of the Energy Globe Award were presented like every year in a global online campaign under the patronage of UNESCO and in cooperation with UNEP. The Energy Globe Award is with 177 participating nations the largest and most renowned environmental prize worldwide. It is awarded every year in the 5 categories Earth, Fire, Water, Air and Youth to projects that contribute to the conservation of resources, the improvement of air and water quality, renewable energies and the creation of awareness in these areas.
Additionally to the international awarding during which the best environmental projects of the whole world are honored, national Energy Globe Awards are presented. The best project submissions of each country are awarded during these national award ceremonies which take place in each country in cooperation with our partners, in particular the foreign trade centers of the Austrian chamber of commerce.
These are 177 success stories of 177 committed and creative people or organizations who care for the future of our planet. Their projects contribute substantially to a sustainable future. These projects offer inspiration, hope and more importantly solutions that can be implemented elsewhere. Energy Globe serves as a platform and voice for these people and their important message: Each and every one of us can contribute to a livable and sustainable future.
Among these showcase projects there is for example the submission of the Democratic Republic Congo. The Virunga National Park was affected heavily by deforestation since the poorest social classes need wood for cooking and making fires. By means of afforestation and agro-forestry sustainable coal is produced now and additionally energy efficient wood stoves are distributed. The pressure on the national park has since decreased substantially. Armenia's national winner implemented a holistic waste management concept. In an education campaign citizens are informed about waste prevention, recycling and reuse. Further initiatives will be presented to you on World Environment Day!
Wolfgang Neumann founded the Energy Globe Award in 1999. What matters to him is that people get involved actively in environment protection: "There is no time left for talking. We have to act and implement initiatives now if we want to leave an intact environment for our children and grandchildren. All around the world there are great and creative solutions available for the problems of our time. We present them to a broad audience by means of the Energy Globe Award and give them the attention that they deserve."