May 26, 2008 / ENERGY GLOBE Award
Mikhail Gorbachev receives ENERGY GLOBE Award
Standing ovations at the ENERGY GLOBE TV Gala: With applause that held for minutes, one thousand guests in the Plenary Hall of the EU Parliament reacted to the presentation of the honorary ENERGY GLOBE Award to Mikhail Gorbachev. The Nobel Peace Prize recipient had emotional tears in his eyes as he accepted the ENERGY GLOBE award from EU Council President Janez Jansa and EU Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso. Gorbachev, the cofounder and president of the environmental protection organization Green Cross International, represented in 30 nations, received the lifetime achievement award for his efforts toward a better future.
Awards for remarkable projects
There were also beaming faces among the five contestants who were distinguished with ENERGY GLOBES for the best projects in the categories Fire, Water, Earth, Air and Youth and the winner of the World Award voted by the audience. This thrilling vote by the Gala audience bestowed the prize upon the winner in the category Air: The Austrian company Fronius is operates its vehiclepool on a zero-emission level with fuel cells based on hydrogen that is produced autonomously using photovoltaic and electrolysis. The Earth Award went to a Peruvian solid waste management program that offers income to the waste collectors. A project building wells for about two million people received the ENERGY GLOBE Award in the category Water. The Award in the category Fire was taken home by the Andasol parabolic power plant, which enable emission-free energy even during the night via thermal storage. The Youth Award was given to a South African sustainability project that raises kids’ awareness about environmental issues.
Before the guests in the Plenary Hall and countless TV viewers the world over, at the glamorous Gala on May 26 world stars such as Dionne Warwick and political figures such as EU Parliament President Hans-Gert Pottering and former UN Secretary General Kofi Annan presented the golden statues. The Award Gala in Brussels represents a unique distinction for the winners, whose projects target greater environmental protection and sustainability in handling our resources, but also serves as an accolade for the ENERGY GLOBE, which in its nine years has developed to the world’s most prominent environmental award.
Spirits rose as Alanis Morissette and Zucchero transformed the Plenary Hall into a concert hall and thrilled the audience with their rock performances. The numerous Zucchero fans in the Parliament gave the songs of the Italian rocker an Italian flair. Moods were also sailing at the after-show party, where the Italian rockstar presented his best songs.
A gala with a message
The impressive and engaged projects that received the awards assured that the actual purpose of this high-caliber gala was not lost in the glitter: they made the glamorous celebration at the center of European democracy an unmistakable sign for sustainability and environmental consciousness.
Our environment needs initiatives and developments such as these. The ENERGY GLOBE Gala, which is unique in both form and meaning, puts these projects in the limelight. Thanks to worldwide TV broadcasting, an audience of billions was shown the importance of sustainability in how we treat our Earth. This constitutes a unique gala with an important message.
We invite you to view this year’s winners.