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Li JunfengWinsZayed Future Energy Prize Lifetime Achievement Award
Visionary Leader of China’s Clean Energy Transition Wins Prestigious Award
Abu Dhabi, 16January 2017 – Li Junfeng, Director General of China’s National Center of Climate Change Strategy Research – National Development and Reform Commission, wonthe 2017 Lifetime Achievement award of the Zayed Future Energy Prize today. Mr. Li was recognised for his relentless determination in driving China’s transition to a global leader in the adoption and proliferation of renewable energy.
His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, presented the Zayed Future Energy Prize to nine winners across five categories during the awards ceremony, a feature of the Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week 2017.
Acknowledging his achievement, Mr. Li said: “Like Sheikh Zayed, it was my experiences as a young man and observing the impact we can have on our world that spurred me to dedicate my life to energy sustainability. Developing energy that is both safe and sustainable is critical to the prosperity of a nation and is something that the UAE’s founding father was a leading advocate for. It is also what drives the Chinese government’s economic, social and environmental development. To this end, I am extremely proud to have played my part.”
Mr. Li was instrumental in drafting and structuring China’s Renewable Energy Law, which was passed in 2005 and spearheaded the country’s spectacular boom in electricity generation from renewable sources. He has been a lifelong advocate of environmental sustainability and has played a critical role in China’s support of the Paris Climate Agreement. Mr. Li is regarded as an independent voice on energy policy issues, repeatedly calling for China to reduce its reliance on coal and to strengthen its renewable power targets.
Mr. Li continued: “I am honoured to receive this prestigious award. More than ever, we need to unlock the potential across all sectors of society – the Zayed Future Energy Prize is a true pioneer in this regard. The prize empowers and drives momentum for visionaries in renewable energy and sustainability, and I am honoured to join such an illustrious community.”
Mr. Li has held a number of important external roles, serving on the boards of the Global Wind Energy Council and the Renewable Energy Policy Network for the 21st Century (REN21). In this capacity, his expertise in structuring renewable energy project development for the Global Environment Facility (GEF), the World Bank and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) led to the development of the first Clean Development Mechanism project in China.
Zayed Future Energy Prize Announces Winners of 2017 Awards
GE wins in the Large Corporation Category
Abu Dhabi, 16January 2017 – His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, presented the Zayed Future Energy Prize to nine winners during the 2017 awards ceremony in Abu Dhabi today.
Nine pioneers in renewable energy and sustainability across five categories became the latest awardees to join the prize’s growing international community of winners. 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, wonthe 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 UnidadEducativaSagradoCorazón 4 for the Americas; Belvedere College in Ireland for Europe; and Huonville High School, Tasmania for the Oceania region.
Now in 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.
His Excellency Ólafur Ragnar Grímsson, Former President of the Republic of Iceland and Chair of the Zayed Future Energy Prize Jury, said: “Through the sustainable actions of its winners, the Zayed Future Energy Prize is a model example for how far the world has come in the last nine years. It is extraordinary that, through the impact of each winner and the lives they continue to improve, we now see a growing strength in being able to deliver a sustainable future.”
His Excellency Dr. Sultan Ahmed Al Jaber, UAE Minister of State, said: “The Zayed Future Energy Prize continues to honour the legacy of sustainability advocated by the UAE’s late founding father Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan. With each awards ceremony, the UAE leadership accelerates the pursuit of innovation, reinforces the significance of sustainability at the top of the global agenda, and gives opportunities and far-reaching benefits to communities around the world.”
The prize will open again for submissions and nominations for its landmark 10th year later this month. For more information go to www.zayedfutureenergyprize.com.
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About the Zayed Future Energy Prize
The Zayed Future Energy Prize was established by the UAE leadership in 2008 in honour of the environmental, social, and economic sustainability advocated by the nation’s founding father, Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan (God bless his soul). More than 289 million people are experiencing the sustainable actions of the prize’s winners. For more information, please visit www.ZayedFutureEnergyPrize.com.
About Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week
The annual Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week (ADSW), hosted by Masdar, is an Abu Dhabi government initiative that aims to address the interconnected challenges of clean energy, water and sustainable development. Anchored by the World Future Energy Summit, ADSW features a series of complementary conferences, exhibitions and events, including the general assembly of the International Renewable Energy Agency, the Award Ceremony of the Zayed Future Energy Prize, the International Water Summit, EcoWASTE and The Festival at Masdar City. ADSW is the largest gathering on sustainability in the Middle East, attracting global policy makers, industry thought-leaders and clean-tech innovators among more than 35,000 attendees representing around 170 countries.