ABU DHABI, The Zayed Future Energy Award has contributed to improving the lives of 307 million people around the globe in form of sustainable projects and initiatives launched by the prize winners, including individuals and organiations, according to Dr. Nawal Al-Hosany, Director of the Zayed Future Energy Programme.
In statements to the Emirates News Agency (WAM), Al Hosani said that the prize helped 100 million people around the globe use electricity efficiently, enabling 7.1 million more to have access to potable water at affordable prices.
“The prize also enabled 17 million children to have access to school night classes utilising solar-powered lanterns in addition to enabling 25 million people to make use of modern sources of energy in Africa and Asia, including providing 40 million households with around one billion megawatt/ hour of clean energy generation.
She added that the Zayed Future Energy Prize has officially set a Guinness World Record title for the “Largest Environmental Sustainability Lesson.”
A total of 282 students from across the UAE took part in the sustainability-themed lesson at the Ritz-Carlton Abu Dhabi, presented by Illac Angelo Diaz, Executive Director of Liter of Light, the non-profit winner of the Zayed Future Energy Prize in 2015.
The 30-minute lecture highlighted how young people around the world can help to reduce energy poverty while also challenging them to devise solutions that will bring about a more sustainable future.
The gathering also saw the assembly of 2,400 solar lanterns, arranged to create a unique light installation in tribute to late Sheikh Zayed, the UAE’s founding father, the centenary of whose birth is being celebrated across the UAE in 2018.
The Zayed Future Energy Prize, launched in 2008, is the world’s preeminent renewable energy and sustainability prize, each year recognising outstanding contributions from companies, schools, non-profit groups and individuals
Source: Emirates News Agency