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Energy Globe Award

With more than 187 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 Azerbaijan 2019

Submitted by: National Centre for Environmental Forecasting (NCEF)
Developing Regional Infrastructure and Municipal Solid and Agricultural Waste Management

Plastic use and its further recycling is a growing threat to the natural environment, human health, and biodiversity. National Centre for Environmental Forecasting(NCEF) had completed baseline studies on the social and environmental conditions and identified the solutions to tackle the environmental pollution from agricultural activities and improve the environmental awareness on plastic recycling in the rural communities.

Initial situation
Rural communities in Azerbaijan face growing threats from increasing agricultural effluent and solid waste contamination. Effective agricultural and municipal solid waste management presents the key issues in tackling the environmental and social issues preventing sustainable development in rural areas of Azerbaijan. The National Centre for Environmental Forecasting (NCEF) evaluated the baseline environmental and social conditions in Azerbaijan as background for the regional and district micro-projects in collaboration with the regional Municipalities.

Solution
NCEF identified cumulative impacts from agro-waste mismanagement and poor consumer practices to improve the social and economic conditions of sustainable transport and energy infrastructure in remote areas of Azerbaijan. To those ends, more than 500 eco-socio-economic and educational seminars were held on environmental protection, adaptation to climate change as well as re-use of municipal solid and agricultural waste to improve environmental management efforts. Municipal solid and household wastes were used in making of various items such as flower pots and roots.

Innovation
NCEF utilized previously applied and proven technologies with minor modifications to suit consumer’s waste management habit to transforming municipal plastic, construction and agricultural waste into sustainable household items as part of all 2178 projects. They demonstrated the latest waste recycling technologies to the rural communities involved thereby giving a second life to the waste. NCEF successfully developed an advanced model to engage all stakeholders such as local authorities and municipalities in proper waste management.




Capital: Baku
Official language: Azerbaijani
Total area: 86.600 km²
Population: 9.165.000
GDP/Capita/Year: $7.914
Source: Wikipedia 2012