DENG Wins Ashden Awards !!!
In June 2007, DENG Limited won the prestigious Ashden Award for achieving a sustainable model in Renewable Energy in Africa. The award was presented by former Vice-President Al Gore in London (UK) to a team of DENG representatives present at the awards ceremony.
DENG was one of only 2 winners from the entire continent of Africa. The prize was awarded in recognition for DENG's tireless work in the field of Solar Energy since 1988.
Present at the awards ceremony were such distinguished figures as His Royal Highness Prince Charles, former US Vice-President Al Gore, as well as other international figures of stature in the Renewable Energy field and UK dignitaries.
London - 21 June 2007- Winners of the 2007 Ashden Awards for Sustainable Energy were tonight announced following an awards ceremony at the Royal Geographical Society in London addressed by former US Vice President Al Gore.
| “No-one can attend an event like the Ashden Awards and fail to be inspired… we must find a path from an unsustainable present to a sustainable future. What impresses me most about these projects is they truly are becoming the change that’s needed in the world. These awards tell us how to illuminate the path to a sustainable future together. I hope that we can make it quickly.” said Mr. Gore.|| |
|DENG representative accepting the award from Mr. Gore |
Five international awards were given in recognition of the way in which sustainable energy has been used to improve access to Light and Power, to Food, to Education and Welfare, to promote Enterprise and to address the challenges of lack of access to essential energy resources in Africa.
An Outstanding Achievement Award was also awarded to a past winner whose work has accelerated and made a significant contribution to the spread of sustainable energy solutions since winning an Ashden Award.
4 UK awards were also awarded to pioneering approaches to sustainable energy use across the UK.
Sarah Butler-Sloss, Executive Chair and chair of the judging panel said: "Our winners show how sustainable energy can improve health, education and livelihoods and at the same time reduce carbon emissions. If these technologies were expanded and replicated on a large scale, they would play a significant role in helping us to tackle climate change and poverty. What we need now is the political will to scale-up and roll-out these solutions"
His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales, Patron of the Ashden Awards personally congratulated the winners in a separate private ceremony. A Clarence House spokesperson said of the meeting:
"The Prince of Wales was highly impressed by the diverse range of outstanding sustainable energy solutions from the UK and across the globe. His Royal Highness was particularly encouraged by the fact that these pioneering initiatives offer practical, simple and economical solutions that others can easily follow"
HRH Prince Charles congratulating a member of the DENG team