Zayed Prize looking for projects by Brazilians

23 de maio de 2016

São Paulo – The United Arab Emirates is looking for Brazilians to compete for the Zayed Future Energy Prize, with enrolments open until June 27th of this year. The UAE Consulate General in São Paulo held this Monday (23rd), at São Paulo’s Tivoli Hotel, an event to advertise the prize to corporate entities and non-profit organizations.

The award contemplates efforts relating to renewable energies and sustainability and is being promoted for the third year in Brazil. “This goes to show the importance of Brazil, and particularly of São Paulo, in this field,” said the UAE’s consul in São Paulo, Saleh Ahmed Alsuwaidi.

The Arab Brazilian Chamber of Commerce was represented at the event by its president Marcelo Sallum and other board members. “This is a crucially important initiative. It enables Brazilian businesses and associations to show the work they do,” Sallum told ANBA. The Arab Brazilian Chamber will work to publicize the prize, its president said.

The secretary for Energy and Mining of the State of São Paulo, João Carlos de Souza Meirelles, who was in attendance, claimed that there are excellent, hands-on projects in the state that could apply. He noted that São Paulo encourages initiatives in this field, and those initiatives can gain visibility in the Arab world by means of the prize. The Secretariat for Energy and Mining supported the event.

The Zayed Future Energy Prize’s outreach partner Yanire Brana, who attended the solemnity at the Tivoli Hotel, said that businesses with sustainability projects underway or those whose primary activity relates to that field are eligible. She stressed that Brazil’s experience in the energy industry goes back several years.

The prize comprises five categories: Large Corporation; Small & Medium Enterprise; Non-Profit Organisation; Lifetime Achievement; and Global High Schools. The winning large corporation will only get recognition; the small or medium business, organization or association will be awarded a USD 1.5 million prize, and the Lifetime Achievement will pay USD 500,000. The winning school will also get USD 500,000.

The latter prize will be shared by five high schools, one in each part of the world – the Americas, Europe, Africa, Asia, and Oceania. Schools are required to submit an in-depth project proposal and then spend the money on completing said project. High schools with students aged 11 to 19 can compete.

In order to compete in the Large Corporations category, businesses are required to be in the annual revenue range above USD 100 million. Businesses smaller than that must apply under Small & Medium Enterprises. To compete, these businesses must present some innovative, unique solution in renewable energies or sustainability.

The Non-Profit Organisations category will include non-governmental organizations, industry associations, investigative organizations or international entities, so long as their actions directly impact upon the renewable energy and sustainability industry. The Lifetime Achievement category is intended for personalities with an outstanding track record of achievements in the field. The Brazilian physician José Goldemberg won the prize in 2013.

The prize will consider impact, innovation, leadership, and long-term vision in the projects. It was first held in 2008 by Masdar, the Abu Dhabi-based sustainability company. It represents the vision of the deceased founder and president of the UAE, Zayed bin Sultan al Nahyan, who championed social, economic and environmental sustainability as an integral part of the country’s history and heritage.

Representing the Arab Chamber, besides president Sallum, also in attendance were CEO Michel Alaby, Foreign Trade vice president Rubens Hannun, Foreign Trade board member Willian Atui, board members Mohamed Abdouni and Mohamed Mourad, and senior advisor for institutional and International Affairs Ramez Goussous.

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*Translated by Gabriel Pomerancblum