Leaders in transfer of clean technology sought by awards panel

Organisations and individuals who have helped to commercialise and diffuse climate-friendly 'clean' technologies in developing countries and countries with economies in transition are urged to apply for an international award.

The Climate Technology Initiative (CTI) is once again sponsoring two awards, one to honour organisations and one to honour individuals. Applications will be accepted until 13 July from applicants based in countries that have ratified the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).

The CTI World Climate Technology Award is given to organisations that have successfully introduced climate-friendly technologies or practices. Last year’s winners were:

  • a Swedish programme for creating local capacity to convert coal boilers to biofuel, improve district heating and refurbish buildings in the Baltic region and Eastern Europe
  • the Indian Renewable Energy Development Agency for creating financing mechanisms to support self-sustaining investment in renewable energy power generation and to finance energy efficiency improvement in low-income and rural areas
  • SNV Netherlands Development Organisation for initiating the Nepal biogas support programme to promote wide-scale use of biogas for household cooking and lighting needs

Individuals are eligible for the Climate Technology Leadership Award. Winners are chosen based on their success in furthering goals of the CTI and UNFCCC and their continued dedication to sustainable development. Last year’s winners were:

  • Rakesh Bakshi, chairman of RBB Consultants and Engineering, India for commercialisation of wind energy and other renewable energy sources
  • William Chandler of America’s Pacific Northwest Laboratories for founding a global network of energy efficiency centres in Bulgaria, the Czech Republic, China, Poland, the Russian Federation, and the Ukraine

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