The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the IPT Energy Center (IPTEC) organized the Energy Awareness Awards (EAA), which recognize institutions and organizations in both the public and private sectors including businesses, civil society and academic sector for significant contributions to energy sustainability across Lebanon.

Under the umbrella of the Energy Awareness Awards, UNDP and IPTEC aim at promoting sustainable consumption of energy resources and raising awareness levels on energy-related matters. The objective of the awards is to recognize efforts put forth by institutions and organizations in reducing their energy footprint and integrating sustainable practices within their respective fields. Ultimately, these initiatives would contribute to reducing air pollution at the local level and improve environmental performance also through the reduction of Greenhouse Gas Emissions (GHG) contributing to climate change.

Through the EAA, applicants are given a chance to be rewarded for accomplishments within the scope of different categories detailed below that contribute to energy sustainability and include developing on-site renewable energy sources; repairing and replacing inefficient equipment; installing energy-related green information technology software and hardware; rightsizing fleets while increasing the use of alternative fuels and alternative fuel vehicles; developing and advancing new processes to improve productivity; and promoting sustainability throughout organizations through collaborative partnerships, education, and outreach.

To know more, download the EAA brochure in English or in Arabic

 

AWARDS CATEGORIES

The awards recognize outstanding achievements in: 

  • Category I- Energy Efficiency & Conservation: Outstanding achievements in planning, designing, and implementing energy efficiency practices to replace or lower conventional energy consumption. This category includes initiatives at both ends of the supply chain, i.e. at the level of the Energy Supplier and at the level of the Commercial End-User. Also included are exemplary performances on implementing green information technologies (IT), including power management, sustainable electronics acquisition, and data-center sustainability applied to energy efficiency solutions.
  • Category II- Renewable Energy: Outstanding achievements in planning, designing, and constructing small scale, embedded or stand alone renewable energy systems to replace or lower conventional energy consumption.
  • Category III- Transportation and Fleet Management: Comprehensive and/or replicable management approaches to fleet management programs. Programs may be at the organizational, local, regional, or national level and should include cross-cutting strategies to achieve and exceed fleet goals. Also included in this category, initiatives looking at improving the efficiency of the transportation sector as a whole, through better planning and implementation of the specific solutions to alleviate pressures on the environment from the transportation sector.
  • Category IV- Sustainability Champions: Institutions and organizations who demonstrate a history of exemplary performance in leading implementation of sustainable practices while reflecting a comprehensive approach to energy management through innovative strategies, practices, and outreach. 
  • Appreciation Award 2016- Public Energy Action: The appreciation award will reward public authorities at the local and regional level that have shown outstanding achievements in the area of renewable energy, energy efficiency and clean transport.

 

GENERAL INFORMATION      

  • Applications opened on September 11, 2015 and closed on April 11, 2016.
  • Eligible applicants were chosen from public and private institutions and organizations including businesses, civil society, NGOs and academic sector with demonstrated interventions in the field of energy management through outstanding projects with proven results and a high replication potential.
  • Only Applications for implemented projects with tangible results were accepted. Research and Development (R&D) papers, projects and products were not eligible.
  • An independent panel of experts from renowned institutions has reviewed the applications in each category, assessed the shortlisted candidates and chosen the winners based on the selection criteria identified below and in the Expression of Interest form.
  • Shortlisted applicants from each category were selected.
  • The rewards are distributed as follows: Winners of the 1st & 2nd places receive a financial reward, a certificate, and a trophy. Winners of the 3rd places receive a recognition certificate. Winners of the Public Sector receive an appreciation award. 

 

SELECTION CRITERIA FOR THE AWARDS

In assessing the projects, the committee evaluated the following criteria:

  • Demonstrated intervention in Energy Management
  • Outstanding Project
  • Proven Results
  • Originality/Innovation and Added Value of the project
  • Its Impact
  • Its Sustainability and Replicability
  • Collaborations and Synergies

 

PANELS OF EXPERTS:

  • H.E. Mr. Nazem el Khoury, Former Minister of Environment
  • H.E. Mrs. Raya el Hassan, Former Minister of Finance
  • Mrs. Marianne Howayek, Director of the Executive Office, Banque Du Liban (BDL)
  • Mr. Hassan Harajli, Project Manager, Energy and Environment Program, CEDRO-UNDP
  • Professor Farid Chaaban, Chairperson & Professor, Faculty of Engineering and Architecture, AUB
  • Mr. Karim Osseiran, Energy Consulting Expert, Ministry of Energy & Water

 

ANNOUNCEMENT OF RESULTS

Under the patronage of His Excellency the Minister of Energy & Water Mr. Arthur Nazarian, UNDP and IPT Energy Center (IPTEC) organized the Distribution Ceremony of the EAA on September 23, 2016 at Le Royal Hotel-Dbayeh as part of IBEF 2016.

The event featured reports about the winning projects and the distribution of the awards, in the presence of Minister Nazarian, the UNDP Country Director Mr. Luca Renda,  and the President of IPTEC Dr. Toni Issa.

Click here to know more.

 

WINNING PROJECTS 2015-2016:

Energy Efficiency & Conservation Category:

  • Tawlet Ammiq by Al-Shouf Cedar Society
  • Energy Conservation Project by Pesco Energy

 

Renewable Energy Category:

  • Solar Energy Lights by Madaniyoun For Tripoli
  • Solar Pumping System by Elements Sun & Wind
  • First Solar/Diesel Hybrid Installation by IRI

 

Sustainability Champions Category:

  • Nageeb Program by the Green Pact
  • Green Schools Certification Program by e-Ecosolutions
  • Sustainable Energy Finance by Fransabank

 

Public Energy Action Category:

  • Green Roof by Banque Du Liban
  • Beirut River Solar Snake (BRSS) by MoEW & LCEC

 

Download  the EAA Winning Projects report to know more.

 

MORE INFORMATION

  • At UNDP: Ms. Dima Machnouk         

    Direct Line: 01-962513                       
    E-mail: dima.machnouk@undp.org

  • At IPTEC: Mrs. Rana Assaker      

    Direct Line: 09- 624111 Ext: 311
    E-mail: rana.assaker@iptgroup.com.lb