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National ENERGY GLOBE Award Oman 2014

12.02.2015

''Each and every person, children and adults alike, has the responsibility to save the earth. Together we can stride towards a greener nature… and a better future''.
Hridith Sudev, National ENERGY GLOBE Award winner Oman 2014

On October 28, 2014  among the framework of the  Austrian National Day reception and the inauguration of  the Austrian  Economic, Trade and Commercial Delegation in Muscat the student Hridith Sudev from the Indian School Salalah was awarded the National Energy Globe Award . It was handed over to him by Dr. Walter Koren, Head of Advantage Austria (Foreign Trade Department of the Austrian Federal Economic Chamber).

The ENERGY GLOBE Award was founded in 1999 by the Austrian energy pioneer Wolfgang Neumann and is one of today’s most prestigious environmental awards.
Goal of the Award is to present successful sustainable projects to a broad audience, for many of our environmental problems already have good, feasible solutions. With a global call for participation ENERGY GLOBE invites outstanding sustainable best practice projects to participate in the annual competition.

Project 'GreenOman' is an initiative that strives to help clean the environment and make Oman a greener country. Using information distributed to the public alongside campaigns to the people, the project raises awareness of human's negative effect on the environment and how to change it to a positive one. Project 'GreenOman' has chosen six topics for the campaign in Oman: climate change and global warming, ecosystem conservation, recycling/waste management, green buildings, water conservation, spreading awareness about the need to conserve nature. This project which has started in 2012 is mostly run by children aged between 9 and 13.

A first step was to save energy at their school by convincing everyone to turn off unused ACs and lights and also to replace them by environmentally friendly versions. As there are 150 classrooms with at least one AC in it, approximately 165 kWh can be saved each hour they are turned off. Due to the replacement of common light bulbs with LEDs, energy consumption of 100 classrooms was reduced from 6,000 kWh to 800 kWh. A next step was to convince people in their neighbourhoods to consume less water and use better water appliances. This measure brought down the amount of water consumption of 330-360 litres per day and person to 200-220.
Many other tasks and various options have been presented to the residents of the area to contribute on the preservation of a green environment.

Hridith Sudev, who is a 9th grade student at the Indian School in Salalah, started the project together with his friends after he realised the grave impact modern life has on the earth and that humans are the root cause of environmental problems. That’s why he thinks that only humans can cure this illness, even by doing small things like saving energy, reducing emissions or recycling.

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