This is the largest and most prestigious award in innovation, leadership and achievement of concrete results in the field of renewable energy. The prize of 1.5 million U.S. dollars has already been donated by Vestas to further enhance the spread of renewable energy.
A record number of companies and organizations – 391 – from 69 countries participated in this year’s competition for the world’s most prestigious award in renewable energy. Just six of those were nominated as finalists late Tuesday night in Abu Dhabi. The award was presented by Abu Dhabi’s crown prince, Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, in the presence of UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon and other prestigious guests.
Chariman of The Zayed Future Energy Prize jury, former Nobel Peace Prize laureate and chairman of the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Dr. RK Pachauri, described Vestas as “fully meeting the three criteria of the prize – innovation, leadership and a long term vision.” He explained: “for over 30 years, Vestas turbines have been among the most innovative in the world across the industry. Not only has the company – almost single-handedly – been a pioneer in the wind power industry, it simultaneously succeeded in spite of the fact that they are established in a small country.” Dr. Pachauri also stressed that Vestas has demonstrated considerable leadership despite numerous obstacles through the company’s 31-year history – and this has brought Vestas forward to the position as the world leader in renewable energy.
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