The decision followed Her Highness's first ever attendance of the awards ceremony, which took place on January 20 under the patronage of High Highness General Sheikh Mohammed in Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi, Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces.
The announcement of the grant was made at the finalist recognition ceremony, held today at the World Future Energy Summit, Her Highness praised the caliber of the renewable energy and sustainable development undertaken at the schools and was specifically impressed by the practical renewable energy and sustainability solutions proposed by the students, the high levels of awareness of the challenges that lie ahead and the innovative thinking that shaped all their proposals. Her Highness also emphasized that all finalists deserve to win, be encouraged and motivated.
Making the announcement, Dr Al Jaber said, "I am honored today to announce, based on the directive from Her Highness Sheikha Fatima bint Mubarak, the Zayed Future Energy Prize will be awarding US$50,000 to all the Global High Schools finalists. The funding aims to help the schools implement their proposed sustainability projects.
The Five Global High Schools finalists receiving the grant include Colegio Franklin Delano Roosevelt (Peru), Manhattan Comprehensive Night and Day School (US), Queen Elizabeth II High School (UK), Abaarso School of Science and Technology (Somalia) and Urrbrae Agricultural High School (Australia).
Following the announcement, the five school finalists pledged to begin implementation on their projects and stated they were inspired towards greater innovation for achieving a clean energy future. They expressed great appreciation to the UAE and its continued effort to support and foster sustainable development globally.
Speaking at the ceremony, His Excellency President Grímsson said, "Our finalists go through a rigorous selection process - each of them have been chosen for the tremendous contribution they have made to advancing renewable energy and sustainability. Through their innovative technology and solutions, combined with an exceptional commitment to excellence, they are shaping a more sustainable future for us all. We wish each of our finalists the very best to continue their good work and thank them for being part of the Prize."
The remaining finalists include:
- Large Corporation: GE (US) and Walmart Stores, Inc. (US)
- Small Medium Enterprise: Clean Power Finance (US), EcoNation (Belgium) and SELCO (India)
- Non-Governmental Organisation: Practical Action (UK) and World Resources Institute (US)
About the Zayed Future Energy Prize
The Zayed Future Energy Prize embodies the vision of the late founding father of the UAE, Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan who laid the foundation for renewable energy and sustainability as part of his legacy in pioneering sustainable development in the UAE. An annual award, the Prize is managed by Masdar, on behalf of the Abu Dhabi government and seeks to award achievements and innovation in the fields of renewable energy and sustainability, as well as to educate and inspire future generations.
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