$500,000 Prize for Brazil’s ‘Green Energy Guru.’

Dr. Goldemberg  (R) receives prize from Iceland's president Olafur Ragnar Grimsson

Dr. Goldemberg (R) receives prize from Iceland’s president Olafur Ragnar Grimsson

Veteran Brazilian scientist and educational policymaker Dr. José Goldemberg has received a prestigious Zayed Future Energy Prize from the ruler of Abu Dhabi.

Physicist Dr. Goldemberg, who was both minister of education and environment secretary in Brazil’s federal government as well as holding the post of rector of São Paulo University, received a lifetime achievement award from  a fund established by crown prince Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan – and a cheque for US$ 500,000 – at a ceremony in the United Arab Emirates in January 2013.

An international jury that included politicians, scientists and the actor Leonardo di Caprio, recognised the special emphasis in Goldemberg’s work on the importance of renewable energy. His work on biofuels earned him a citation from Time magazine as one of the world’s “environmental heroes.”

Dr Goldemberg introduced the Brazilian Energy Initiative, which called for 10% renewable energy worldwide by 2010. He was a co-author of one of the first papers on sugarcane ethanol and its energy life-cycle analysis, as well as co-author of the book Energy for a Sustainable World. He’s also known for coming up with the term “technology leapfrogging.”

Although its riches are based upon non-renewable oil extraction, Abu Dhabu is focusing on renewable energy and at Masdar has built a high-tech solar power-based experimental community.

The main corporate and NGO prizes for 2013 were won by Siemens, d.Light and Ceres.

You can read an article (in Portuguese) about Dr. Goldemberg’s prize by clicking here

You can find out more about the Zayed Future Energy Prize by clicking here



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