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30/03/2016 - 18:35hs

Zayed prize honors sustainable initiatives

Award from the UAE will choose actions in the areas of clean energy and sustainability developed by companies, schools, organizations and individuals. Registration is open until June 27.

São Paulo – Companies, organizations, schools and individuals from any part of world can apply in the 2017 Zayed Future Energy Prize with projects and initiatives that have a positive impact in the sectors of renewable energy and sustainability. The award is managed by Masdar, the state-owned environment company of Abu Dhabi and registration can be made until June 27, according to the organization.

The initiative will give USD 4 million distributed in five categories. One of them is for small and medium-size companies, with revenues below USD 100 million per year, with a prize of USD 1.5 million. The same amount will go to the winner among non-profit organizations, which includes industry association, research organizations or international agencies.

Large companies, businesses with revenues above USD 100 million per year, form another category, in which there won’t be a money prize. There will also be a prize for schools, in a total of USD 500,000 to be shared between five projects chosen in the Americas, Africa, Europe, Asia and Oceania. This one is open to schools with students ranging from 11 to 19 years old. The individual category will give USD 500,000 to the person that in his/her life story has achievements in renewable energy and sustainability.

In each category, the projects will be judged on impact, innovation, leadership and long-term view and the choice is made based in unique contributions for a sustainable future. The prizes will be handed out in a ceremony in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, in January 2017.

The award is being held for eight years already and in 2013 the Brazilian physicist José Goldemberg was the winner in the individual category. The prize is an initiative of the UAE’s government and is part of the country commitment on finding solutions that can answer the challenges of climate changes, energy security and the environment.

The name of the award is a tribute to the Emir of Abu Dhabi, founder and president of the United Arab Emirates, Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan, who passed away in 2004.

*Translated by Sérgio Kakitani

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