Zayed Future Energy Prize

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The Zayed Future Energy Prize is an annual award which celebrates achievements that reflect impact, innovation, long term vision and leadership in renewable energy and sustainability. The Prize represents the vision of the Late Founding Father Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, who championed environmental stewardship.

Finalists for the prize will be nominated by experts across the globe; the winners will be chosen by a jury chaired by HE Olafur Ragnar Grímsson, President of the Republic of Iceland.


Through the Zayed Future Energy Prize, the United Arab Emirates has been honoring those who have placed a tangible and evident effort in globally advancing renewable energy and sustainable technologies. One of the greatest unifying challenges the world faces today is the urgency to address climate change, promote sustainable development and encourage innovation in renewable energy technologies.

Each year, an individual, organization or a nongovernmental agency is recognized for groundbreaking achievement in developing and deploying solutions to our future energy needs. The following represents a breakdown of the Prize categories:

  • Large Corporation (A recognition award)
  • SME (US$1.5 million)
  • NGO (US$1.5 million)
  • Lifetime Achievement Award (US$500,000)
  • A Global High School Prize (US$100,000 divided amongst 5 regions – Americas, Europe, Asia, Africa and Oceania)


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