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Energy Globe "Best Practice Action Week" starts on 5 June

29 May 2012

The Energy Globe Action Week will kick off on Tuesday 5 June with the announcements of the national winners of the Energy Globe Awards 2012 for sustainable energy projects in 151 countries. The prize-giving will take place this week in the ADVANTAGE AUSTRIA offices of the Austrian Federal Economic Chamber around the world.

Mastering the energy question will be one of the future’s greatest challenges. As part of the drive towards increasing awareness, the UN has named 2012  the year of “Sustainable Energy for All” and invited Energy Globe to join the global initiative. Celebrating World Environment Day 2012 and in cooperation with UNEP, UNIDO and UNESCO, Energy Globe will start its online best practice Action Week on 5 June 2012, announcing the awards for sustainable projects in 151 countries. “This is a global initiative like no other in which we will be presenting fantastic environmental solutions and helping individuals discover the ways in which they can save energy”, said Energy Globe founder, Wolfgang Neumann in the run-up to the campaign launch.

Before the launch of the campaign,  the Energy Globe winners will receive their awards at the ADVANTAGE AUSTRIA offices of the Austrian Federal Economic Chamber (WKÖ) around the world. For Christoph Leitl, President of the Austrian Federal Economic Chamber (WKÖ), a responsible approach to resources is one of the Austrian economy’s most important contributions to sustainable growth. “Today, corporate responsibility is a key issue for Austrian business, giving us a competitive edge in international trade", he said. "We must pool our efforts more intensively than ever in achieving ecological sustainability”, explained Leitl.

The Energy Globe Award is the world’s most important environmental accolade. It recognises projects – from high-tech to simple – that deliver efficient ideas and answers to environmental problems, either through energy efficiency, renewable energy applications or a cautious approach to resources.

On Thursday 31 May,  Austrian Ambassador to Ireland, Dr. Walter Hagg, will present two Global Energy Awards at the Advantage Austria facility in Dublin.

The winner for Ireland is Seamus Hoyne, Acting Head of the Department of Technology, Media and Science at the Limerick Institute of Technology Tipperary. Mr. Hoyne receives the Energy Globe Award for the SERVE project – Sustainable Energy for the Rural Village Environment. The project aims to implement sustainable energy actions in the north Tipperary region. It involves the complete retrofitting of 400 homes and 20 commercial buildings and the creation of an eco-village with 132 eco-buildings powered by Ireland’s first renewable energy district heating system. 

The winner for India is Dr. Bhaskar Sengupta, a Reader in Environmental Engineering at the School of Planning, Architecture and Civil Engineering, Queen’s University Belfast. He receives the Energy Globe Award for his cost-efficient and chemical-free system of arsenic removal for community water supplies. Having spent the early part of his professional career in Calcutta, India, Dr. Sengupta’s interest in finding a simple and affordable solution to this problem was triggered by a death in the family caused by arsenic poisoning. The aim is to implement this technology in at least thirty countries.


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