Named after the founding father of the United Arab Emirates, Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan al Nahyan, the Zayed Future Energy Prize was established in 2008 to recognize and reward those whose innovations help achieve the changes needed to secure a sustainable future for theplanet and improve the quality of life of its inhabitants.
Inspired by the vision of Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, the Zayed Future Energy Prize seeks to empower and connect companies, organisations, schools and individuals across the world who are innovative pioneers in the field of renewable energy and sustainability. The prize strives to give a voice to those that have also committed themselves to addressing environmental, economic and social challenges posed by climate change. Over the years remarkable people connected to the prize have devised innovative ways of reducing damage done to the environment and human health, while still fostering economic growth, improving energy security and access to basic services.
Through the prize winners, 887 million tonnes of CO2 have been saved, 360 million MWh have been produced through renewable energy, 65 million MWh saved through greater efficiency and 98 million kWh generated by solar lanterns. In 2009 there were 204 nominations from 50 countries.
Those figures have grown to 1,437 nominations and submissions from 97 countries for the 8th edition of the prize. Over 200,000,000 people worldwide have seen tangible improvements in their lives because of the prize winners – through greater access to safe and renewable energy, cleaner drinking water, and increased energy efficient.
About Global High Schools Category
The primary aim of the Global High Schools category is to inspire future generations across the world to be responsible, sustainable citizens. The Prize hopes to encourage young people to learn about sustainability and clean energy from an early age.
The award in this category is not given for past achievements but will enable winning schools to develop clean energy projects of their own. Each school will submit a detailed proposal for a project and the Prize will fund the project’s completion. The proposed project should promote renewable energy and sustainability – which may include improvements in energy or water efficiency, or a reduction in waste – with clear, measurable benefits.
One school will win in each of the five regions: the Americas, Europe, Africa, Oceania, and Asia. Each regional winner will receive up to $100,000. The final amount will depend on the project cost information in the proposal.