According to reports, three Indian firms have been shortlisted for the Zayed Future Energy Prize, the world’s top award for innovation in renewable energy and sustainability.
The finalists, announced yesterday from 552 submissions from 88 countries, include three global corporations, small and medium enterprises from India, the United States and Belgium, three non-governmental organisations and 10 high schools.
The winners will be announced on January 20 to coincide with Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week.
Abellon CleanEnergy, a bio energy company, and SELCO, a solar for-profit social enterprise, in SME category and Kalkeri Sangeet Vidyalaya (India) representing the Asia region are among the finalists for the 2014 prize.
The Prize jury includes heads of state, leading energy experts and world-renowned personalities committed to the global effort of accelerating the adoption of renewable energy and sustainability.
“Our winners are global and their impact has been truly global. In six years, the Prize has grown into a platform that impacts the lives of many around the world, accelerating energy and water access, renewable energy advocacy and deployment and energy efficiency, even while creating education and job opportunities through the projects pioneered by our winners,” Director General of the Zayed Future Energy Prize, Sultan Ahmed Al Jaber, said.
“The Zayed Future Energy Prize is one of a kind – it is the only prize that recognizes and rewards the solutions for the future. The Prize shows us that a different kind of future is possible,” Chairmain of the Jury panel Lafur Ragnar Grmsson said.