Abu Dhabi-based Masdar has received a special recognition award from the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UN-DESA) for its leadership in sustainable energy.
The award was granted as part of the ‘Powering the Future We Want’ joint programme between the UN-DESA and the China Energy Fund Committee that promotes innovative practices in sustainable development.
It was presented by UN General Secretary Ban Ki-moon to Dr Nawal Al-Hosany, Head of Sustainability at Masdar (pictured).
Wu Hongbo, Under-Secretary-General for Economic and Social Affairs, said: “We are pleased to present this award to an institution that furthers clean energy solutions that seek to address the social, economic and environmental dimensions of sustainable development, in line with our vision of sustainable energy for all.”
Dr Al-Hosany said that Masdar “represents the embodiment of the UAE’s commitment to advancing safe, clean and secure energy, and to transitioning from a resource-based economy to a knowledge-based economy”.
“We are committed to continuing to collaborate with local, regional and global partners to forward the sustainable energy agenda worldwide.”
Masdar chief executive Dr Ahmad Belhoul said that the company is “a successful model of public-private partnership. Masdar has been able to pioneer advances in delivering renewable energy solutions in some of the most difficult places in the world.”
In order to advance the goals of the post-2015 agenda, we will need to prioritize innovative partnership and creative collaboration on meeting the energy needs of the future.”
Masdar has committed $1.7bn to renewable energy developments and delivered 14 projects in five countries and has 13 ongoing projects across nine different countries.