ENERGY GLOBE WORLD AWARDS 2017
World’s best environmental projects announced
January 16, in the presidential palace in Tehran the Energy Globe World Award 2017 winners were announced. Guests from 60 different nations joined the ceremony, among them ministers of the Iranian Government , who announced the winners.
2000 projects from 178 countries were submitted for the prestigious environmental award in five categories: Earth, Fire, Water, Air and Youth. The jury, led by Maneka Gandhi, environmentalist and Indian Union Cabinet Minister for Women & Child Development, selected 16 finalists and awarded 5 best and most outstanding environmental projects.
The award in the category Earth went to the Rural Green Environment Organization from Afghanistan for its efforts to reforest degraded watershed and establish fruit orchards through community involvement in one of the remotest and poorest mountainous valleys. Kalinga Institute of Social Sciences from India received the award in the category Fire. Green initiatives undertaken by this institute have found a great way to reduce the ecological footprint for large scale cooking.
In the category Water two projects shared the first place. One of the awards went to Puritas Limited from Sri Lanka for providing clean drinking water to people with chronic kidney disease through reverse osmosis water purification systems. The second award Kerman Copper Region of the Islamic Republic of Iran for its integrated water master plan to provide water for the Sarchechmen mine, which includes an upgrade of tailings disposal and water management system.
The award in the category Air went to the Austrian Post for reducing their ecological footprint by replacing conventional vehicles with electric vehicles in their operations. Sustainable Coastlines Charitable Trust from New Zealand received the award in the category Youth for their flagship education center, where pupils, community groups and business are taught to become guardians of the environment.
The overall Energy Globe Award 2017 prize was awarded to Trees Adoption Uganda with its project “Trees4School”. It implements climate change mitigation activities like planting trees, additionally helping vulnerable young people with financial support for their education and start-up capital for their own business.
Advantage Austria received one of the awards for their dedication to organizing the national ceremonies in almost 100 countries.
Also 4 special prizes went to: "Pars Petrochemical Company"; "Tehran Province water and Wastewater Company"; "JYANE Construction Company" and "City of Yazd"
"...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.