The Dubai Supreme Council of Energy has extended the deadline for receiving applications for the second Emirates Energy Award (EEA 2014-2015) until March 15.

The Emirates Energy Award, themed ‘For a Sustainable Future’, aims to highlight best practices and leading efforts in energy efficiency, alternative energy, and sustainability in the Middle East and North Africa. The award serves as an incentive for scientific innovation and creative ideas in this sector, said a Wam news agency report.

“Due to the increasing demand and several requests to postpone the deadline, the Dubai Supreme Council of Energy has extended the submissions deadline. We want to ensure the maximum participation of innovative projects and experiences that have succeeded in energy conservation and efficiency, as well as explore alternative and clean sources of energy to reduce dependence on conventional energy sources,” said Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, vice chairman of the Dubai Supreme Council of Energy and president of the EEA.

“The decision to extend the deadline followed the roadshows by the Supreme Council delegation across the Middle East and North Africa to promote the award and raise awareness among energy companies in the region. The last award saw strong participation from many countries in the target areas. This year, we are recording wider participation, which is clear evidence of the success it has achieved at the regional level,” said Ahmed Butti Al Muhairbi, secretary general of the Dubai Supreme Council of Energy and chairman of the executive committee of the EEA.

There are seven categories in the EEA: Energy Efficiency in the Public Sector, Energy Efficiency in the Private Sector, Large Energy Project, Small Energy Project, Education and Capacity Building, Young Professional Energy Award and the Special Recognition Award. Each of the first six awards have Gold, Silver and Bronze categories.

Nominations are open for organisations, individuals, and teams. Eligible projects must be in operation for at least one year in the Middle East or North Africa.

Source: Trade Arabia