UN environment prize goes to Masdar CEO
Dr Al Jaber recognised for advancing clean energy technology
Masdar’s CEO Dr Sultan Ahmed Al Jaber has been recognised by the United Nations’ Environment Programme (UNEP) as one of this year’s “Champions of the Earth”. The award, in the Entrepreneurial Vision category, recognises Dr Al Jaber’s achievements at Masdar in advancing clean energy technologies to combat the threats of climate change.
Speaking on the award, Dr Al Jaber said, “Today, safeguarding our environment and economic sustainability are at the core of the UAE’s development plans. It is a great honour for me, Masdar, and the people of the UAE to be recognised for our efforts in fulfilling Sheik Zayed’s environment legacy through this award.”
The “Champions of the Earth” award is the UN’s flagship environmental programme, aimed at finding men and women who have made positive impacts on the environment. Masdar has been involved in renewable energy projects around the world, including the Shams One solar plant in Abu Dhabi and the 1GW London Array offshore wind farm in the United Kingdom. Masdar also invests in the development and promotion of skills in the renewable sector through its involvement with Masdar Institute of Science and Technology.
Dr Al Jaber is also the UAE’s Special Envoy for Energy and Climate Change, as well as serving on the UN’s High Level Panel on Sustainable Energy for All, and the Advisory Group on Energy and Climate Change.
Other winners of the award this year include Mongolia’s President Tsakhia Elbegdorj for working to decrease air pollution and mining activity in his country, and Samson Parashina for developing a sustainable green economy model for land owned by Kenya’s Maasai community.