Shortlist for Zayed Future Energy Prize selected
33 candidates whittled from 425 entries - winner announced in Jan 2012
After two days of debates, the Review Committee of the Zayed Future Energy Prize has selected a shortlist of 33 candidates in the running for awards across three categories: Large Corporations, Lifetime Achievement and Small and Medium Enterprises and Non-Governmental Organisations.
A record total of 425 entries from 71 countries have been received this year and following an initial vetting and selection process by a reputed international research and analysis firm, 62 candidates were selected for shortlisting by the Review Committee. Candidates are judged on four criteria: Innovation, Impact, Leadership and Long-term vision.
Commenting on the shortlisted candidates, Dr. Sultan Ahmed Al Jaber, Director General of the Zayed Future Energy Prize, said: “Innovations that have the ability to inspire and catalyse future growth and development in renewable energy and sustainability are certainly the kinds of innovations the Zayed Future Energy Prize continues to champion.
“I am very impressed by the high calibre of entries in the current shortlist which was finalised through rigorous and transparent assessment of each by Review Committee members, comprising of an internationally-experienced and talented panel of faculty members from various UAE-based academic institutions. This clearly demonstrates that the Prize – in a short space of time - has garnered an ever-growing worldwide pool of impactful green innovators, it also places the UAE at the forefront of the future of energy on the world stage.”
The shortlist of 33 candidates will be reduced further down to a minimum of the top 15 finalists by the Selection Committee, which consists of a group of high-level energy experts. Finally a jury of world-renowned leaders and personalities will debate and select the winners and runners-up for each category before the awards ceremony itself is held and the winners announced on January 17th, 2012.