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2007-04-11 00:00:00 / World Award

ENERGY GLOBE Winners 2006 (11 April 2007)

World premiere: For the first time a TV Show is broadcast from the European Parliament in Brussels. Reason for this miracle: the ENERGY GLOBE Award. 732 projects from 96 countries were submitted in the categories Earth, Fire, Water, Air and Youth.

Chaired by Maneka Ghandi, Indian environmentalist and politician, the international jury distinguished the following projects:

Category Earth: John Maina from Kenya for implementing solar energy ovens for drying vegetables and fruits. Thus local farmers are able to increase their harvest by 50% without harming the environment.

Category Fire: The UNEP Risoe Center and the Risoe National Laboratory Denmark for launching a four-year plan for establishing over 16,000 solar homes in India together with Danish support and local Indian funding.

Category Water: Jerry M. Brownstein for developing a very effective waste water treatment system using a special water filter made of recycled plastics; for obtaining potable water from waste water.

Category Air: Reindert Augustijn for inventing small biogas plants that help to reduce annual CO2 emissions by up to 54,000 tons and serve as role models for another 150,000 plants.

Category Youth: University of Art in Linz (Austria) for inventing a new solar passive house in South Africa that can provide an indoor temperature level of 20 degrees independently from outdoor temperature using a natural air conditioning system.

National Award: Goes to the host country Belgium for sensitively changing a historical private house into an energy-saving building.

ENERGY GLOBE Founder Wolfgang Neumann: “The distinguished projects are excellent role models to the whole world! If we don’t blame others and start taking action instead, all goals to protect the environment are within reach!”

The environmentalist is supported by celebrities from all over the world: Hollywood star Martin Sheen, film director Emilio Estevez, author Waris Dirie, pop singer Robin Gibb, star violinist Nigel Kennedy, Indian environmentalist Maneka Ghandi and European Parliament President Hans-Gert Pöttering.

The awards presentation show was broadcast by the German TV network 3Sat on Sunday, 15 April 2007, 11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m., moderated by Desiré Nosbusch. The gala will be broadcast by international TV stations throughout the world and can be seen by a record number of 3.4 billion TV viewers around the world.