Those who appreciate the responsibility and privilege they have been given by God should be prepared to embark on the path of responsibility for the world we live in and pledge accountability for its welfare to look after, protect and improve the quality of life for everyone.

Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan

The late president and founding father of
the United Arab Emirates
1918 – 2004

Zayed
Future Energy Prize

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 recognise and reward those whose innovations help achieve the changes needed to secure a sustainable future for the planet and improve the quality of life of its inhabitants.

Through the prize winners,1 billion tonnes of CO2 have been saved, 450 million MWh have been produced through renewable energy, 626 million MWh saved through greater efficiency and 330 million kWh generated by solar lanterns.

For the 9th edition of the prize, these figures had grown to 1,678 nominations and submissions from over 100 countries worldwide. Over 289 million 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 efficiency.

Communicating innovation

The Zayed Future Energy Prize, which promotes innovation in cutting-edge technology in the field of clean energy and sustainability, also has a range of state-of-the-art communication platforms to ensure that the prize’s global community can share ideas, consider solutions, and keep abreast of the latest developments as they happen.

Launched in August 2014, Sustainnovate already has 85,000 users worldwide. These users are drawn from large corporations, small and medium enterprises, NPOs, academics, entrepreneurs and innovators. It includes sections on industry news and case studies as well as having a discussion board and blogs. Sustainnovate also has a stablemate dedicated to younger people – Ysustainnovate, which addresses global high schools and provides learning tools such as video and audio material and an “Ask the Expert” feature.

In addition, 93,500 Facebook users “like” the Zayed Future Energy Prize page and there are 184,000 regular followers on Twitter.

Meeting today’s challenges
for a better tomorrow

The Zayed Future Energy Prize, which promotes innovation in cutting-edge technology in the field of clean energy and sustainability, also has a range of state-of-the-art communication platforms to ensure that the prize’s global community can share ideas, consider solutions and keep abreast of the latest developments as they happen.

SECURE ENERGY FOR A CLEAN ENVIRONMENT

Previous winners include Toyota, the world’s largest car manufacturing company, which launched its Prius hybrid vehicle in 1997, and Vestas, the world leader in wind turbine technology, striving to establish wind as a reliable and viable alternative to fossil fuels. In total, large corporations have succeeded in reducing CO2 emissions by over 950 million tonnes.

A bright future

Far too many students across the developing world face a difficult choice; neglect their health or neglect their studies. Why? because the only light they have access to is a dangerous and unhealthy kerosene lamp. Now, ten million children have access to clean solar-powered light thanks to robust and sustainable innovations implemented by the prize-winning Small and Medium Enterprises. This is just one way that SME innovators are helping to improve the lives of others across the world.

DOING THE GROUND WORK

The lives of millions of people and thousands of communities across the world are often shaped by the grassroots work of non-profit organisations (NPOs) and non-governmental organisations (NGOs). These organisations, not only empower hard-to-reach communities but also influence the sustainable actions of government, business and the general public. These organisations demonstrate their commitment to a sustainable future by helping to provide improved standards of living and quality of life, secure livelihoods, access to education and long-term independence through community-based facilities that give them the tools to create their own sustainability journey.

The game changers

Those considered for the lifetime achievement award are remarkable individuals. Past winners have made a lasting impression on the planet and positively affected the lives of millions of people worldwide through their long-term vision and leadership in this field. To date, winners have included academics, scientists, business people and politicians – whose influence is set to last long into the future.

THE NEXT GENERATION OF ENERGY INNOVATORS

Since the launch of the Global High Schools category in 2012, as part of the UAE leadership's commitment to the Sustainable Energy for All (SE4All) initiative, more than 2,000 students have been directly involved in the projects of award-winning schools and academies. Over 13,000 students in total have benefitted from these projects, as well as 339,000 people living in local communities. Almost 2.1 million kWh have been generated, solar panels with a capacity of 253 kW installed, and CO2 emissions cut by over 1600 tonnes.

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2016 winner
BYD
China
BYD is one of the world’s leading manufacturers of clean energy vehicles. London, New York, Hong Kong, Singapore, Brussels, and Bogota are just six of the cities in 36 countries worldwide benefitting from BYD’s electrified public transport solutions, which go some way towards fulfilling the company’s dream of achieving zero emission energy systems.
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2010 winner
Toyota
Japan
Toyota Motor Corporation has made numerous improvements to hybrid technology. The third generation Prius, for which Toyota ultimately won the Zayed Future Energy Prize, is the first mass-produced hybrid vehicle ever made. The car boasts ground-breaking fuel economy, Toyota's innovative hybrid drive technology and improved aerodynamics.
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2011 winner
Vestas
Denmark
For over 30 years, Vestas, a global market leader in providing wind power plants, has been introducing innovative ideas to promote clean, renewable wind power as one of the world's mainstream power solutions.
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2012 winner
Schneider Electric
France
As the global specialist in energy management, Schneider Electric’s sustainability approach relies on employee engagement, the company’s Planet & Society Barometer, and having the firm’s commitments recognised, especially through inclusion on the world’s ethical stock indices.
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2013 winner
Siemens
Germany
Siemens’ history in the Middle East dates back to 1856, when Werner von Siemens first travelled to the region to supervise the laying of the undersea cables for the London-Calcutta telegraphic line. Since then, Siemens has been at the forefront of the region’s infrastructure.
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ABB
Switzerland
ABB is a global supplier of power and automation technologies with 120 years of experience in the energy sector. The company has operations in 100 countries generating US$39.3 billion in revenue (2012), with US$22 billion coming from divisions related to renewable energy and energy efficiency.
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Panasonic
Japan
Panasonic Corporation, one of the largest electronics manufacturers in the world, offers hundreds of products geared toward reducing energy and facilitating the use of renewables.
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2016 winner
Off Grid Electric
Tanzania
Off Grid Electric is the world’s first massively scalable off-grid electric company. It provides clean, affordable and transformative energy directly to households that have never had access to reliable electricity. Off Grid Electric’s service model removes risk for customers, offering the latest in solar technology for less than or equal to a customer’s average energy spend.
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2010 runner-up
Intl. Development Enterprises
India
International Development Enterprises India (IDEI) is a social enterprise dedicated to providing long-term solutions to poverty, malnutrition, and hunger. They work with smallholder farmers to provide low-cost irrigation technologies that drastically improve crop yields and the livelihoods of these local farmers.
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2011 runner-up
E+Co
USA
E+Co supports and invests in small and growing clean energy enterprises in developing countries to impact climate change and energy poverty. With E+Co support, entrepreneurs have brought clean energy to more than 6.2 million people, created over 5,000 jobs, and offset 4.6 million tons of carbon.
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2012 winner
CDP
UK
A 2012 winner of the Zayed Future Energy Prize, CDP’s mission is to transform the global economic system. It works to prevent dangerous climate change and value our natural resources.
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2013 winner
d.light design
USA
d.light manufactures and distributes solar lighting and power products targeting the 2.6 billion people globally without access to reliable electricity.
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2014 winner
Abellon CleanEnergy
India
Abellon CleanEnergy was rewarded for its advances in biomass pellets – made from agricultural and saw mill residues that are helping meet global energy and heat demands. The company is also instrumental in driving economic growth in the Indian state of Gujarat by supporting rural farmers to dramatically improve their crop yields.
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2015 winner
M-KOPA Solar
Kenya
M-KOPA Solar is the market leader in 'pay-as-you-go' energy services for off-grid customers. In less than two years, M-KOPA Solar has connected more than 100,000 homes in East Africa to solar power and is adding over 10,000 new ones each month.
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2016 winner
Kopernik
Indonesia
Kopernik delivers sustainable energy technologies to “last-mile” communities, thereby helping to reduce poverty. The organisation has reached over 370,000 people and distributed over 90,000 units of clean energy technologies across 26 countries. Kopernik not only connects remote villages with renewable energy solutions, but also incubates innovation by helping manufacturers to develop affordable, effective energy solutions for the poor.
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2012 runner-up
Environmental Defense Fund
USA
The Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) has pioneered market-based tools to solve environmental problems.
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2013 winner
Ceres
USA
Ceres is an independent, non-profit advocacy organisation that mobilises investor and business leadership to build a low-carbon, clean energy global economy. In 1997, Ceres launched the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI), now the international standard for corporate sustainability reporting.
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2014 winner
Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems
Germany
Fraunhofer is Europe’s largest solar energy research institute, and one of the largest in the world. It was founded in 1981 on the belief that renewable energies, especially solar energy, are indispensable to an economically just and sustainable future.
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2015 winner
Liter of Light
Philippines
Liter of Light is a day and night solution that provides passive daylight and charged evening solar lights such as lanterns, house lights, and streetlights. It's powerful enough to light up a home but more than that it's environmentally friendly, inexpensive, and easy to make.
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2016 winner
Dr. Gro Harlem Brundtland
Norway
An energetic blend of stateswoman, physician, manager, politician, and international activist, Dr. Gro Harlem Brundtland has always led the world on issues of global significance. For over four decades, she has been dedicated to global interdependence, focusing on promoting sustainable development, increasing environmental awareness, and advocating for good health as a basic human right.
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2015 winner
Al Gore
USA
AI Gore was US Vice President for two terms under President Bill Clinton (1993 to 2001). He has been a lifelong campaigner on environmental issues and has arguably done more than anyone to drag climate change up the political agenda in the US- and possibly the world.
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2014 winner
Mr. Wang Chuanfu
China
Wang Chuanfu is the founder and chairman of BYD Co Ltd, the Chinese auto and battery maker. Wang founded BYD at 29 and today the company is worth US$11.2 billion.
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2013 winner
Professor Jose Goldemberg
Brazil
Dr. Goldemberg has served as the President of Brazilian Association for the Advancement of Science. He was also former Minister of State for Education of Brazil and Secretary for the Environment of the State of São Paulo.
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2012 winner
Dr. Ashok Gadgil
USA
Dr. Ashok Gadgil’s life and work exemplify sustainable invention. Among the solutions he has pioneered is UV Waterworks and the Berkeley-Darfur stove.
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2011 runner-up
Amory B. Lovins
USA
Amory B. Lovins, Chairman and Chief Scientist of Rocky Mountain Institute in Colorado, is known for his work on "integrative design" for energy efficient buildings, vehicles, and factories. Lovins describes "integrative design" as a powerful and globally applicable new tool for shifting rapidly from oil and coal to efficiency and renewable.
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2009 winner
Dipal Barua
Bangladesh
For over 35 years, Mr. Barua has been dedicated to finding and developing sustainable, market-based solutions to the social and economic problems faced by rural people. Mr. Barua won the Prize for his work as the Founding Managing Director of Grameen Shakti, a clean energy company that brought electricity to more than 2.2 million people in Bangladesh.
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Dr. Martin Green
Australia
Dr. Green has made significant contributions to the field of photovoltaics. His work began with identifying the factors that limited silicon solar cell performance. These advances were put into commercial production with a large proportion of solar cells that are manufactured in Europe. Dr. Green's work has helped to drastically increase the economic viability of solar energy by decreasing the cost of solar to less then US$0.50 per watt.
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Global High Schools - Europe
2016 winner
SCHÜLERFORSCHUNGSZENTRUM SÜDWÜRTTEMBERG
Germany
Located in Germany, the first of the major industrialised countries to commit itself to obtaining all of its power needs from renewable sources, the Students’ Research Centre of Southern Wuerttemberg aims to enthuse and involve children and young people in the technologies of the future. The school offers young people an extracurricular platform where they can conduct research in projects and develop innovative ideas independently.
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2016 winner
Korea Science Academy
South Korea
Established in 1991 as a science high school, Korea Science Academy in Busan was designated as an institute for gifted education by the Korean Government in 2003 and has been affiliated with KAIST, a world-class science and technology university since 2009. The academy’s mission is to nurture the next generation of global scientists.
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2016 winner
SOS HG Sheikh Secondary School
Somalia
Boasting the President, the Speaker of the Parliament and a PhD candidate who studied renewable energy among its alumni, the SOS HG Sheikh Secondary School is well placed to meet the challenges of promoting sustainability. Their winning project will help 293 families move away from using charcoal for cooking by giving them access to the school’s excess gas, saving 152,027 trees and reducing indoor pollution.
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2016 winner
Cashmere High School
New Zealand
Cashmere High School is a co-educational state secondary school of 1,700 students, based in Christchurch, the heart of New Zealand’s beautiful South Island. Their goal is to provide students with a leading education while also developing young people who are confident and skilled in successfully leading their own learning beyond school, with a strong sense of community, service and commitment to sustainability.
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2016 winner
Institucion Educativa Gabriel Plazas
Colombia
Located in rural Colombia, Institución Educativa Gabriel Plazas strives to secure access to more reliable, less expensive and more sustainable sources of energy. The school’s pupils learn about the importance of a sustainable and healthy lifestyle and educate the local community about the need to use the limited resources available more responsibly.
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2013 winner
Kirya Secondary School
Tanzania
Kirya shares a green network with sister schools, Makomu and Kileo. Now the schools model renewable energy options to raise awareness and reduce ecological footprints.
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2014 winner
Nkhata Bay School Authority
Malawi
The Nkhata Bay School Authority was rewarded for its proposal to create a Solar Demonstration and Training Center – a program that will promote the use of solar power in one of the least electrified countries in Southern Africa.
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2015 winner
Waterford Kamhlaba
Swaziland
Founded in 1963, with just 16 students, Southern Africa's first multiracial school has successfully demonstrated that students thrive and excel in a non-racial environment, educated side by side on equal terms. Courage, leadership, equality, and academic excellence remain at its core.
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2013 winner
Secundaria Tecnica 120
Mexico
Technical High school 120 helps promote community participation in the reduction of the school environmental footprint.
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2014 winner
Bronx Design & Construction Academy
USA
New York-based Bronx Design & Construction Academy was selected for its Energy Environment Research Center – an initiative to generate on-site renewable energy from wind and solar power.
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2015 winner
Munro Academy
Canada
Munro Academy provides life changing education for Pre-Primary to Grade 12 students. A member of Nova Scotia's Green Schools, Munro Academy has sought to engage students in environmentally sustainable alternatives in renovating a 12,000 square foot school building.
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Global High Schools - Asia
2013 winner
Shaikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Bangladesh Islamia School
UAE
Shaikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Bangladesh Islamia School, Abu Dhabi, actively participates in the Sustainable Schools Initiative and other environmental programmes.
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2014 winner
Kalkeri Sangeet Vidyalaya
India
Kalkeri Sangeet Vidyalaya was selected for its student-led project to incorporate energy efficiency, solar technology and bio-gas, as well as other energy programs, to electrify the homes of deserving, underprivileged students.
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2015 winner
Addu High School
Maldives
Addu High School was inaugurated as a high school in 2010 to address the urgent need for higher scondary education in Addu City. The school strives to be a community of caring learners who use their intellectual capacity to its fullest. It continues to educate and produce future leaders of Maldives.
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2013 winner
Okehampton College
UK
Okehampton College is a comprehensive school with pupils drawn from one of the largest UK catchment areas. Okehampton places great emphasis on sustainability.
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2014 winner
Gheoghe Rosca Codreanu National College
Romania
The school was selected for its proposal to reduce the school’s electricity demand by 100 percent using LED lighting and solar panels, and to conduct sustainability seminars for the local community.
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2015 winner
Petru Rares National College
Romania
Founded in 1869, the school focuses on theoretical studies in both sciences and humanities. It boasts a remarkable number of national and international participants in various School Olympiads ranging from mathematics and astrophysics to social sciences and foreign languages.
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2014 winner
Tonga High School
Tonga
The Tonga High School was selected for their project to install solar panels and energy-efficiency measures that will power up to 100 percent of the school’s electricity requirements.
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2015 winner
Melbourne Girls' College
Australia
Melbourne Girls' College was established in 1994 with the aim of providing an exemplary environment for the education of girls. The college is known for academic excellence, commitment to sustainability, and for providing a safe, positive, and creative place of learning.
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Large corporation

GE

- UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

Established in 1892, General Electric (GE) is a globally diversified technology and financial services company that operates through the following segments: power and water, oil and gas, aviation, healthcare, transportation and capital. GE Renewable Energy is a start-up that brings together one of the broadest product and service portfolios of the renewable energy industry. The start-up has activities in large hydro, concentrated solar power, tidal energy, solar energy and battery storage.

A significant part of GE’s revenue is poured into the Ecomagination initiative. The programme aims to solve energy efficiency and water problems, tackle sustainability, and limit the climate change effects of many of its devices, products and services. In turn, a large part of revenue is generated from products developed through this initiative. GE’s growth strategy to enhance resource productivity and reduce environmental impact at a global scale through commercial solutions.

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Small and medium enterprise

SONNEN GMBH

- GERMANY

Sonnen, a German SME, is a smart energy home and commercial energy storage system manufacturer guided by a strong vision of making energy clean, accessible, stable and affordable for everyone. Its innovative product design was one of the reasons it has been added to MIT’s list of the world’s 50 Smartest Companies 2016.

The SonnenBatterie is a smart storage system whose innovation lies in its integrated system development. It includes a software-operated energy manager that automatically controls solar energy production and consumption, which is one of the biggest challenges of renewable energy. In cases of power shortages caused by bad weather, or where the grid does not provide enough energy, commercial users can also use the battery for peak shaving, which means that it stores energy at low usage times and uses it during peak hours.

Sonnen is a member of industry associations that put great effort into raising awareness amongst politicians to further support the industry. The raw materials they use such as lithium, are widely available and contain no rare earth elements, heavy metals or so-called conflict minerals.

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PRACTICAL ACTION

- UNITED KINGDOM

Practical Action helps reduce energy poverty through advocacy and direct intervention. The NPO believes that actions and words must go together to change the world and is therefore committed to sharing all of the knowledge and learning it has captured over 50 years of development to inspire the widespread adoption of its approaches for the benefit of people everywhere.

Technology has a vital role to play in building livelihoods. This does not just mean physical infrastructure, machinery and equipment – it means knowledge skills and the capacity to organise and use these effectively. Practical Action currently has 90 projects in developing countries around the world which focus on energy access, food and agriculture, urban waste and water, and disaster risk reduction.

Practical Action is guided by a deep concern for future generations, a respect for diversity, and the recognition of basic human rights of all people regardless of gender, ethnicity, religion or physical ability. With this in mind, Practical Action develops human-scale practical solutions while ensuring that all projects are economically, environmentally, socially and institutionally sustainable.

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Lifetime achievement

LI JUNFENG

- CHINA

Li has been an independent voice on energy policy in China, repeatedly calling for a reduction in the reliance on coal and to strengthen its renewable power targets. He has dedicated his 30-year career to energy economy and energy environment studies.

Li Junfeng joined the Energy Research Institute of the National Development and Reform Commission (ERI NDRC) as a senior research fellow in 1982, where his research focused on climate, energy, the economy and policy. He then spent two years as an economist at the World Bank in Washington before returning as deputy director of ERI NDRC in 1994, where he was appointed Director General in 2011.

Li drafted many key documents in China, including the Renewable Energy Law, which was passed in 2005, and facilitated the country’s boom in renewable energy development.

He has held a number of important external roles—for instance, serving as vice-chairman of Global Wind Energy Council and REN21. He has engaged in renewable energy project development for Global Environmental Facility, the World Bank and the United Nations Development Programme.

Li is currently director general of the National Center for Climate Change Strategy and International Cooperation – National Development and Reform Commission, President of the Chinese Renewable Energy Industries Association (CREIA), and a member of China's National Energy Advisory Council, the Expert Committee of the National High-tech R&D Program, an academic committee for China’s Ministry of Environmental Protection, and an expert committee on low carbon development for Beijing, Shanghai and Shanxi."

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GLOBAL HIGH SCHOOL - AFRICA

STAREHE GIRLS’ CENTRE AND SCHOOL

- KENYA

“Our education, our strength.” This is the motto of the Starehe Girls’ Centre, a charitable national girls’ high school catering to bright but economically and socially disadvantaged girls. The Centre takes a holistic education approach, which has enabled 95% of their students to gain admission to various local and international institutions after graduation.

The school provides a quality education that nurtures young people and teaches them to give back to the community. The students promote sustainability in their communities by helping to raise awareness about the measures that can be taken to curb global warming. Starehe Girls’ Centre focuses on developing the physical, intellectual, spiritual and social attributes of every single student.

Due to high power costs, the school sometimes faces funding shortfalls. As a charitable institution, it aims to implement energy efficiency measures to reduce its annual electricity costs by 20%, and will channel part of the savings towards educating an additional ten socially underprivileged girls every year.

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GLOBAL HIGH SCHOOL - ASIA

GREEN SCHOOL BALI

- INDONESIA

One of Green School Bali’s long-term goals is to remove the school from the grid to become a completely sustainable and self-sufficient building, and to help find solutions to the country’s electricity shortages. Thanks to a mix of renewable energy resources in the school, Green School Bali produces 72 kWh of its own energy. It also provides a wide range of learning experiences for their students. The students themselves, guided by teachers, experts and community members, implement and lead each and every aspect of the school’s projects. This level of involvement allows them to build both their skills and the confidence to make a difference through community-based, entrepreneurial education.

Green School Bali’s project will help create awareness in the community concerning the dangers of batteries as hazardous waste at the same time as helping to reduce Indonesia’s growing electronic waste problem. Approximately one million phones and 35,000 laptops are replaced every year in Bali. The project will create new opportunities for cooperating with the Balinese community by collecting used batteries and collaborating on building a battery bank. The project will also reduce current CO2 emissions by a third (from 33 tons of CO2 a year to 11 tons).

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GLOBAL HIGH SCHOOL - AMERICAS

UNIDAD EDUCATIVA SAGRADOS CORAZONES 4

- BOLIVIA

Unidad Educativa Sagrados Corazones 4 is a coeducational school located in the municipality of San Juan, in Santa Cruz de la Sierra.

The school started with 56 students when it was founded in 1986. Due to hard work and a clear vision over the years, the school now hosts 479 students between 12 and 18 years old.

The school centres its education on reason, religion and love, and on cultivating important values and habits such as punctuality, citizen security, cleaning and caring for the environment. The teachers are committed to quality education and to providing a productive learning environment to help educate an active and healthy youth community.

The school aims to become a role model in its community by consistently being on the lookout for technological developments and innovations. The school aims to self-supply its own electricity and to install water collection equipment for on-site food production. These measures will help save on energy costs while providing opportunities for theoretical and practical teaching and educational programmes.

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GLOBAL HIGH SCHOOL - EUROPE

BELVEDERE COLLEGE

- IRELAND

Belvedere College, a school for boys in Dublin, was founded in 1832. The College boasts famous alumni and long-established links with community groups and charitable organisations.

The school community, increasingly aware of climate justice issues, reacted to global environmental challenges by forming the Carbon Committee and reducing the school's carbon footprint by a quantifiable amount. The school also set up a successful 18-month grow lab pilot project, in order to produce food in an urban setting whilst having hands-on learning opportunities within water and energy sustainability.

With the strong belief that the students are part of the solution to today’s environmental challenges, it wants to provide them with a practical experience of food production and its difficulties - including those related to energy (electricity and human) and water—as well as the chance to be more effectively involved in creating sustainable solutions.

The school hopes to further connect its students with the local community through outreach, in order to be a local educational hub, and with the world, in order to inspire future initiatives. It aims to create a global network and foster a sense of global citizenship and environmental stewardship.

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GLOBAL HIGH SCHOOL - OCEANIA

HUONVILLE HIGH SCHOOL

- AUSTRALIA

Huonville High School was established in 1940 in the rural municipality of the Huon Valley in Tasmania, a region where the core industries have traditionally been agriculture, aquaculture and forestry. The school has successfully started a tradition of providing quality state-funded education for students in years 7 to 12 from the surrounding community. It supports teachers as they work together to design personalised learning opportunities for all students, with the aim of encouraging both students and community members to think and act more sustainably.

Students have developed collaborative relationships with community organisations to share their environmental values and invite families, businesses and industries to reduce their carbon footprints and waste. The school has also become known for its efforts in energy efficiency.

The aim of the school is to be a renewable energy innovation centre where students learn about and use solar, wind and pedal power systems, waste conversion technology and energy auditing, while also improving its students’ involvement in renewable and efficient energy use. This goal should be reached with the Zayed Energy Hub, a renewable energy laboratory soon to be built, which will also run on 100% renewable energy.

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Case study

TANZANIA GREEN SCHOOL NETWORK

The Tanzania Green School Network comprises three secondary schools in the Kilimanjaro region—Makomu, Kirya and Kileo—and aims to be a local knowledge centre for practical environmental education.

The Network does this by engaging the neighbouring community through outreach initiatives with students, parents, and village and ward leaders to promote the use of efficient alternative energy sources, reduce deforestation, help monitor and combat the effects of climate change, and promote sustainability.

Winning the Zayed Future Energy Prize in the Global High Schools Category, Africa, in 2013 has since allowed the Network’s schools to operate in the evening for the first time, thanks to an 8-kW solar PV system that supports the increased energy requirements. The Network has also benefitted from the introduction of energy-efficient cooking stoves and a biogas digester system at the Makomu School, significantly reducing energy costs.

Over 30 students participated in the installation and deployment of the new technologies, from conception to execution, making student involvement the cornerstone of this journey and more than 1000 students are benefitting from the project.

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Liter of light

Liter of Light started teaching people how to make homemade solar lanterns in the Philippines in 2011, and since winning the prize in 2015, it has extended its operations to communities as far away as Malaysia, Kenya and Colombia, lighting not only homes but public places too. Tens of thousands of households and shops in the Philippines benefit from these solar lanterns which save their owners US$10 a month on average in electricity bills while reducing carbon emissions.

Since winning the prize in 2015, Liter of Light has expanded its reach to over 15 countries in Europe, Asia, Africa and the Americas, and now aims to light up one million lives with Liter of Light technology by 2017.

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M-KOPA Solar

M-KOPA Solar is a Kenyan company supplying solar energy appliances. Today, they sell 2,500 systems a week through a network of over 500 retailers. Within two years of its founding, M-KOPA had connected over 100,000 homes to affordable and clean solar power in a region where 20 million people live in communities with no access to grid electricity; many of whom were previously dependent on expensive and unhealthy paraffin for lighting and cooking. The company has set an ambitious target to have one million homes using its equipment for heating, cooking, lighting, radios and charging telephones by the year 2018 and it is expanding its operations to neighbouring countries such as Uganda and Tanzania.

Felix Ogutu, a student from rural Kenya, and his family, have seen many benefits from signing up to M-KOPA’s ground-breaking scheme. The light that M-KOPA provides has ensured Felix does not have to study in the dark and that his family are able to fetch water for their home even when the night draws in. Felix now has round-the-clock access to the Internet and has used this to participate in a bachelor’s course in IT developing apps.

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Ashok Gadgil

Dr. Ashok Gadgil, the Director of the Environmental Energy Technologies Division of the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, won the lifetime achievement award in 2012 for his part in the development of the “Berkeley-Darfur” fuel efficient cooking stoves, bringing health, safety and environmental benefits.

Many people have to use inefficient rudimentary stoves, damaging the environment and the health of millions displaced by the conflict in Darfur. The Berkeley-Darfur stove is a metal construction which reduces the amount of firewood needed by more than half. A total of 45,000 units were distributed to women in refugee camps, who had previously had to walk seven hours a day, three to five times a week to gather fuel, running the risk of physical assault.

As well as over a quarter of a million people having cleaner stoves, 100 million households are benefitting from efficient lighting in 30 developing countries and one million people have access to safe drinking water thanks to the pioneering work of Dr. Gadgil and his team.

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ANGCHUK AND HIS WIFE DOLMA

Nomadic village head Angchuk, took part in the project pilot in 2013 whereby each home in his community received a Plug and Play Orb Energy manufactured solar system. In the first 12 months of the pilot, Angchuk reported that the effect of switching to solar had provided multiple benefits for the 15 families in the village, with dramatic improvements in terms of health. This included the complete eradication of the persistent chronic bronchial cough that each family suffered from as a result of inhaling kerosene smoke and fumes, as well as virtually unlimited light. The independent non-profit Alta Solar Project conducted the programme in remote villages in Ladakh, India with the aim of replacing polluting and health damaging kerosene lamps with solar lighting from Orb Energy.

Photo credit: Altar Solar Project - Orb Energy, India

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ANANDA MOHANTO AND HIS WIFE - IT STARTED WITH A PUMP!

Subsistence farmer, Ananda Mohanto from Kandasar, India, struggled to irrigate his field with clean water to protect his crops and support his family. His life and prospects were dramatically changed by the KB treadle pump made by International Development Enterprises India (IDEI), which provided an innovative and affordable solution to his problem. A US$336 loan secured a pump and he immediately began to reap the benefits with irrigation no longer an issue, and he and his wife were able to cultivate green beans and eggplants. This also yielded a steady profit from selling vegetables in the local market with which Ananda purchased a new kiln for the family. After repaying the loan, he was also able to purchase many essential items for his family, from schoolbooks for the children to a bicycle.

Without access to a clean and reliable water source, Ananda was unable to support his family. He felt hopeless.

Then he discovered KB treadle pumps from IDEI.

An IDEI representative visited Ananda and explained to him how the pump operates.

Ananda was full of excitement on the day he received the pump. Was this the solution to his problems?

Finally, Ananda is able to irrigate his fields regularly. He and his wife can now cultivate green beans and eggplants, yielding healthy returns.

The pump has changed Ananda’s life. At last, he and his wife have hope again.

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OFF GRID ELECTRIC

Off Grid Electric provides solar power services to off-the-grid customers, offering end-to-end solutions that overcome the typical barriers to solar adoption in frontier markets.

The SME establishes direct lifetime relationships with their customers and offers a ten-year solar leasing model with free ongoing service. They also allow customers to upgrade their systems without having to buy a new product.

Because their solar home systems are cheaper than the kerosene or diesel alternatives, they are able to provide access to clean electricity for over 50,000 people. This allows a household to save, after installation, up to $15.50 per month on lighting and mobile phone charging bills, and reduces carbon emissions by 140 kg of CO2 and 1.45 kg of black carbon per household per year.

As the winner of the 2016 Zayed Future Energy Prize – SME, Off Grid Electric expanded its reach. They now serve populations in Tanzania and Rwanda, and are working to further expand. Their partnership with the government of Tanzania means they will soon be able to reach one million homes and help create 15,000 jobs locally.

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THE ZAYED SOLAR ACADEMY

In Malawi, which is one of the least electrified countries in the world with less than 1% of the rural population connected to the national grid, 2014 Global High Schools category (Africa) winner the Nkhata Bay School Authority, which operates the Maula and Sanga Community Secondary Day Schools, launched its 2.5 hectare Zayed Solar Academy and Zayed Energy and Ecology Centre in July 2014.

The centres focus on training rural solar engineers, making solar equipment accessible to all, and demonstrating how solar lighting can save on household costs versus kerosene, which has severe human health and environmental pollution consequences.

Learning and multimedia resources for the two schools is also provided, including a library, an e-learning centre and science labs. In addition to the solar installation course, the centre delivers practical classes in bricklaying, carpentry and welding, using the ongoing construction of the centre as an opportunity to provide on-the-job training.

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KOPERNIK

Kopernik delivers sustainable energy technologies to “last-mile” communities, thereby helping to reduce poverty. The organisation has reached over 370,000 people and distributed over 90,000 units of clean energy technologies across 26 countries. Since it was founded, Kopernik has learned how to promote clean energy products to “base of the pyramid” markets by building trust and commitment and overcoming financial barriers.

Kopernik’s Wonder Women initiative provides access to clean energy technologies for people in remote villages in Indonesia. By training women to become micro-social entrepreneurs through the sale of clean energy products, the project helped empower more than 550 women, thus connecting 85,000 people to clean energy technologies.

Winning the prize in January 2016 allowed Kopernik to expand its technology distribution programme to five new locations in Indonesia, making clean energy technologies available to more people. Kopernik also expanded their reach by providing access to agricultural processing tools for smallholder farmers who do not have the technology to add value to their produce.

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