24 October 2017
Dubai Supreme Council of Energy held today (Tuesday, 24th October, 2017) the 3rd Emirates Energy Award 2017. The event organised concurrently with the fourth edition of The World Green Economy Summit (WGES) saw the attendance of the industry's elite and leading energy professionals, who came together under one roof to recognise and celebrate the achievements of 33 winners in this ever evolving industry. The prestigious ceremony was also graced by patronage and presence of HH Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, Chairman of Dubai Supreme Council of Energy.
Organised under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the United Arab Emirates and Ruler of Dubai under the theme of “Innovative Solutions for Clean Energy”, The Emirates Energy Award (EEA) aims to encourage the rationalised use of energy and resources. The award also targets to highlight the best practices and pioneering work in energy efficiency, alternative energy, sustainability and protecting the environment.
“This year's edition has attracted wide participation from countries across the Middle East and North Africa, including the European, American and Scandinavian countries, which exceeded expectations after doubling the number of entries, which stood at 210 compared to 112 in the previous cycle,” said HE Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, Vice Chairman of the Dubai Supreme Council of Energy, President of Emirates Energy Award.
Emirates Energy Award recognises brilliant ideas, innovative minds and creative projects which support sustainable development efforts and renewable energy technologies that preserve environment and natural resources for generations to come.
“Following the directives and wise vision of HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, we celebrate today all categories of Emirates Energy Award. This wise vision was reflected in many strategies and innovative initiatives that supported the UAE efforts to achieve sustainable development and green economy, thus making the country a global hub for green technology, conservative consumption techniques and renewable energy,” added HE Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer.
Standout winners from this year's Emirates Energy Awards included Abu Dhabi Carbon Capture Company (UAE), Mohammed Bin Rashid Space Centre (UAE), Moroccan Agency for Energy Efficiency (AMEE – Morocco), Emirates District Cooling (EMICOOL) LLC (UAE), Diamond Developers Co ltd. (UAE) and The Hashemite University (Jordan), Dr. Rebhi A. Damseh from Al-Balqa Applied University (Jordan), Bethel Business and Community Development Centre (LESOTHO), ORBITAL SYSTEMS (Sweden), Soner Hacıhaliloglu (Turkey), Dr. Elie Azar from Masdar Institute of Science and Technology (UAE) and Marj Elhamam from Rosary School (Jordan) among many others.
“Emirates Energy Award is an important platform that not only shapes the future of the energy sector in the UAE, but also focuses on best practices and key trends which serve as a benchmark for countries across the world to follow. On this important occasion, I’d like to extend warm wishes to all the winners and encourage more companies operating in the industry to participate in the coming editions. Let’s all pledge to innovate, build and find solutions that will meet the challenges of climate change, energy security and the environment for the present and future generations to come,” said His Excellency Ahmad Buti Al Muhairbi, Secretary General of the Dubai Supreme Council of Energy (DSCE), and Vice President of the Executive Committee of the Emirates Energy Award (EEA).
The winners were awarded the honours in categories as Large Energy Project, Small Energy Project, Energy Efficiency – Public Sector, Energy Efficiency – Private Sector, Distributed Solar Generation Large Scale ≥ 500kW, Distributed Solar Generation Small Scale < 500kW, Education & Capacity Building, Research & Development, Young Professional and Special Recognitions.
“Emirates Energy Award reflects the UAE’s strategy to promote innovation that helps the country achieve the UAE Centennial 2071 and reinforce the country’s leadership in all fields. The Award meets the futuristic vision of the wise leadership which leads to sustainable prosperity in the post oil future of the UAE. Taking this as an opportunity, I’d like to congratulate all the winners for their outstanding contributions to energy efficiency. Their remarkable work has not only guided us to unlimited innovation and progress, but has also driven us closer to our goals of protecting our planet and ensuring sustainable development for generations to come,” concluded HE Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer.
The Emirates Energy Award provides a global platform for all energy companies and professionals to showcase their achievements in energy management and conservation and highlight their efforts throughout the energy sector, providing the recognition that is due to them. The award is managed by The Supreme Council of Energy, which reviews and conducts the award assessment and selection based on specific criteria.