ABU DHABI, 17th April, 2018 (WAM) — The Zayed Future Energy Prize has been renamed as the ‘Zayed Sustainability Prize’ as part of a strategic move to refocus its mandate.
After ten years of successfully promoting renewable energy initiatives across the globe, the Prize will now broaden its focus to affect greater humanitarian impact by supporting a wider range of solutions to the challenges of sustainable development.
Submissions have opened today, and will close on 9th August 2018.
Commenting on the Prize’s transformation, Dr. Sultan bin Ahmad Sultan Al Jaber, Minister of State and Director-General of the Zayed Sustainability Prize, said, “Inspired by the vision and legacy of our Founding Father, the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, the Zayed Future Energy Prize has, for the last decade, been able to positively impact 307 million lives through empowering access to energy, clean water, education, training, advocacy and more.
“In a move to align more closely with the UN Sustainable Development Goals and the UAE’s developing national agenda, going forward the Prize will broaden its reach beyond renewable energy, and reward projects and innovative solutions from a wider spectrum of sustainability and human development initiatives. In addition the Prize will expand its support of young people through the Global High Schools category, which will now reward youth-driven projects from a greater number of world regions.”
Based on its renewed mission, the Prize now has five distinct categories for applicants to choose from: Health, Food, Energy, Water and Global High Schools. These pillars are interconnected and representative of basic needs essential to human survival where innovations will yield progress in sustainable development.
“The Zayed Sustainability Prize will also look to inspire today’s youth to be forward-thinkers and cultivate within them a vested interest in becoming agents of change for sustainable development – after all, youth of today are leaders of tomorrow. Beyond that, we look to recognise existing innovations and amplify their reach so that they may benefit more people and bring us closer to helping solve some of humanity’s biggest challenges,” Dr. Lamya Fawwaz, Director of the Zayed Sustainability Prize, said.
The Zayed Sustainability Prize will see a three-stage evaluation process, beginning with the due diligence that is conducted by a reputed international research and analysis consultancy. Following this, the shortlisted entries will undergo evaluations by a Selection Committee to determine the finalists. From these finalists, a Jury will select the winners in all five categories, including the winning schools from six world regions.
The deliberations on who wins the Zayed Sustainability Prize are set against three core criteria where entrants must demonstrate. Impact: Significant and tangible outcomes on the quality of people’s lives. Innovation: Distinctive characteristics to change the “status quo” and potential to catalyse opportunities that will have a disruptive positive impact and transformative change and finally Inspiration: The potential to scale up project outcomes in the next decade and the ability to inspire others Winners of the Zayed Sustainability Prize will be announced at the awards ceremony during the opening of the Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week, on 14th January 2019.