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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 Saint Vincent and the Grenadines 2019

Submitted by: Richmond Vale Academy
Energy for the Poor

Five poor families were trained to build their own biogas digester and the local communities leaned about the benefits of biogas as a renewable energy, global warming, climate change and organic farming. The 5 families directly benefit economically, as they replace purchased LPG cooking gas by home-produced biogas. The Biogas digester can provide 5 hours of cooking gas. 3000 people in communities were sensitized to the use of renewable energy in schools, communities and through the local radio stations.

Initial situation
St. Vincent and the Grenadines, much like other Small Island Development States, has been experiencing the effects of climate change variability in the past decade. Among the effects are increased storms such as hurricanes and flash floods. This project seeks to create a financially viable model for ordinary families to produce their own biogas for cooking.

Solution
The project also aims at increasing awareness about climate change and adaptation strategies, in terms of renewable energy sources, reducing pollution and build resilience. The focus of the project has been on training volunteers, raise awareness about climate change issues, reforestation and conservation efforts, and pollution reduction, education of youth and on promoting climate smart agriculture.

Innovation
The beneficiaries of the pilot project were five families that are trained to build their own biogas digester and the local communities, which will be engaged in the project. The Biogas digester can provide 5 hours of cooking gas. An average family of 5-7 members use from 4-5 hours of cooking gas daily which costs US$ 25 per month/ 300 per year




Capital: Kingstown
Official language: English
Total area: 389 kmĀ²
Population: 120.000
GDP/Capita/Year: $5.291
Source: Wikipedia 2012