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2009-08-12 00:00:00 / World Award

Submissions for the ENERGY GLOBE are up by 15 percent

A recycling project developed in
Kenya: the "flip-flop-courtain"

884 sustainible projects - from solar power in the Vatican to Kenyan "flip-flop-courtains"

Record breaking result at the ENERGY GLOBE Award 2009: Compared to last year submissions are up by 15 percent. They have been sent in from 105 countries including nearly all the European countries and what is more: from Austria alone there are almost 200 projects! 884 projects from all corners of the globe are piled up in enormous boxes and have been looked at by the Energy Globe team in the past weeks. “We are delighted with this sensational outcome and are proud of the gigantic echo from all over the world,” the ENERGY GLOBE team say.

While the G8 states rack their brains as to how to lower the CO2 emissions by half by the year 2050, every year hundreds of ENERGY GLOBE projects show how it can be done. There`s a simple formula: saving energy cleverly, developing and applying innovative environmental technologies, using our resources intelligently and sustainably, promoting sensitization and what is especially important: creating the necessary political framework.

The ENERGY GLOBE projects make something else clear: measures which protect the environment and climate result in a win-win situation for everybody. On a large scale- like at the energy self-sufficient McDonalds branch in Bremen, the rooftops of the Vatican which supply solar energy, the concept developed by Siemens Linz “switching off factories”, the Norwegian Statoil Hydro`s floating wind power station, the electricity supplied by blasting and recycling fishing nets in the USA or with the Taiwanese company Epoch`s highly efficient solar hybrid engine- these are only a few examples.

Small, good and profitable projects- there are many of these, too. For example, a clever business woman in Kenya collects flip-flops left on the beach by tourists and makes toys, ornamental curtains and souvenirs out of them- this has become a profitable business called Unique Design. In Mexico permanently unemployed persons make baskets in ancient Indio patterns from discarded sweet paper- these popular Mitzbag accessories can now be found in the shop windows of expensive boutiques- the proceeds are invested in social and school projects. On the Pacific island of Vanuatu batteries are the most important energy supplier but at the same time lethal poisonous trash for the coral reefs. The Marine Protected Area Group has solved this problem sustainably: with 900 re-chargeable batteries, a battery charger and a 60W solar panel- the sun if for free, the batteries are cheaper and the coral reefs are recovering.