20th Energy Globe World Award Ceremony – 13 November 2019 – Espoo/Finland
The Energy Globe Award, the world's most prestigious environmental prize, has been awarded to the best solutions for combating climate change.
The international declaration on the Circular Economy was also signed at the International Awards Ceremony of the 20th Energy Globe World Award in Espoo (Finland).
ESPOO, Finland, 14 November, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- The 20th Energy Globe World Award was an absolute highpoint in the history of the world's foremost environmental prize, with the submission of over 2,000 pioneering environmental projects from 187 countries in its anniversary year. Guests such as former Indian Environment Minister Maneka Gandhi, Energy Director of UNIDO Tareq Emtairah, Honorary President of the Club of Rome Anders Wijkman, President of the Global Chamber Platform Christoph Leitl, Chair of the London Assembly Jennette Arnold and many more came to Espoo to present the awards to the nominees from all over the world in five categories, Earth, Fire, Water, Air, Youth and the special category "Energy for All". Energy Globe founder Wolfgang Neumann was delighted with the positive response, "Everyone was overwhelmed by the solutions to our environmental problems that were presented here".
The winner in the Water category was a project from Morocco that allows drinking water to be harvested from clouds. In the Earth category, the winner was a recycling project in Colombia, and in the Fire category, the prize was awarded to a project in London, in which urban transportation was switched to electric buses. There were two winners in the Air category; from Austria an automated painting system for ships which substantially minimises energy consumption and therefore emissions, and the Espoo project for an emission-free city. The jury awarded first place in the Youth category to a novel communication tool for NGOs, and in the special category "Energy for All", a project in Indonesia supplying power to schools, hospitals and houses for the first time won through against many other equally excellent initiatives. More information about all the nominees and the winners is available at www.energyglobe.info.
The livestream was also very popular. It transmitted the entire event sustainably all over the world and was watched enthusiastically by thousands of people. This was also demonstrated by the number of questions sent to the Energy Globe chatroom, which had difficulty coping with the onslaught.
A particularly important step for the future of humanity was the signing of a declaration of intent on the promotion and implementation of the Circular Economy as the basis for successful, sustainable cooperation between business, consumers and politics. It was signed by the Global Chamber Platform, the Club of Rome, UNIDO and Energy Globe. As a consequence, a master plan will now be developed to successfully implement the Circular Economy through a collaboration of politics, business and consumers worldwide to create a healthy and sustainable environment. Christoph Leitl, the initiator of this declaration of intent and president of the Global Chamber Platform, is confident, "We managed to successfully reduce the hole in the ozone layer through sustainable action, and we will succeed in doing the same with climate change".
"...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.“
ENERGY GLOBE Jury, Chairperson
ENERGY GLOBE World Awards
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 and the special category Sustainable Plastics.
The international ENERGY GLOBE Award distinguishes the best projects in the five categories earth, fire, water, air and youth. 10,000 Euro will be divided equally among the categories.
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.