US$4 million international Prize for renewable energy and sustainability open for submissions

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The 2018 Zayed Future Energy Prize is now open for entries to the 10th anniversary edition. To learn more and to make an entry online, visit today.

Totalling US$4 million and awarded annually, the Zayed Future Energy Prize is a world-leader for recognising outstanding contributions and inspirational commitments to a global future of clean energy and sustainable development. It was established by the UAE Government in 2008 to honour the vision of the nation’s founding father, Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan and his legacy of environmental stewardship. Through the achievements of its 57 winners to date, the prize has touched the lives of more than 289 million people worldwide.

We invite entries in the form of online submissions from small and medium-sized businesses; non-profit and non-governmental organisations; and schools with pupils of ages 11-19 years. What’s more, anyone may nominate worthy individuals and corporations for the Lifetime Achievement and Large Corporation awards.

The five categories of the Zayed Future Energy Prize awards and their corresponding prize money are:

  • Large Corporation – recognition award
  • Small and Medium Enterprise (SME) – US$1.5 million
  • Non-Profit Organisation (NPO) – US$1.5 million
  • Lifetime Achievement – US$500,000
  • Global High Schools – US$500,000 divided equally between one school from each of five regions: Africa, the Americas, Asia, Europe, and Oceania

As we prepare to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the Zayed Future Energy Prize in January 2018, there has never been a more opportune time to recognise the innovators and pioneers working tirelessly to find solutions for the world’s energy and sustainability challenges.

Submitting an entry

To facilitate entries from Australia, New Zealand and the whole Ocenia region, Business Outlook and Evaluation has been appointed the Zayed Future Energy Prize Oceania Outreach Partner.

Submissions are accepted online and will close on 6 July 2017. The prize will be presented at an awards ceremony in Abu Dhabi in January, 2018.

For online submissions, or for more information, visit

or contact the regional outreach partner:

E: [email protected]

M: +61 425 723 735

2017 Zayed Future Energy Prize winners

On 16th January 2017, the Zayed Future Energy Prize was awarded to to nine pioneers in renewable energy and sustainability across five categories at the awards ceremony in Abu Dhabi.

The 2017 recipients of the prize span a wide range of industry expertise, from breakthrough photovoltaic manufacturing to government policy advisory. The Zayed Future Energy Prize has so far recognised 57 individuals and organisations since it was founded in 2008.

Li Junfeng, Director General of China’s National Center of Climate Strategy Research, won the Lifetime Achievement award for his unwavering commitment to the adoption of renewable energy in China. General Electric (GE) won the Large Corporation award for leadership in the wind and solar energy markets. GE’s wind business alone has commissioned 41.3 GW of total generating capacity and installed more than 30,000 wind turbines to date.

Sonnen, the German smart home and commercial energy storage system manufacturer, was awarded the prize in the Small and Medium Enterprise (SME) category for leadership in providing battery storage technology solutions. In the Non-Profit Organisation (NPO) category, UK-based Practical Action was recognised for its work in providing deprived communities with clean energy in Africa, Asia and Latin America. Joining them were the winners in the Global High Schools category, five schools spanning five regions of the globe.

The five winners in the Global High Schools category are: Starehe Girls’ Center, Kenya for the Africa region; Green School Bali, Indonesia for the Asia region; Bolivia’s Unidad Educativa Sagrado Corazón 4 for the Americas; Belvedere College in Ireland for Europe; and Huonville High School, Tasmania for the Oceania region.

With the realisation of its ninth cycle, the Zayed Future Energy Prize has positively impacted more than 289 million people through its international community of winners. This includes providing over 25 million people in Africa and Asia with access to modern, clean energy, off-setting over 1 billion tons of carbon emissions, and ensuring 17 million children of school age can study at night using innovative solar-powered utilities.  


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