Renewable Energy Projects Receive UNEP Prize

4 June 2008: Projects from Peru and Lao People's Democratic

Republic recently received the Sasakawa Prize, a prestigious award from the UN

Environment Programme (UNEP). The Prize,

which aims to incentivize sustainable and replicable grassroots environmental

efforts, focused this year on “moving towards a low carbon economy.”

Achim Steiner, UNEP Executive Director, speaking about the

prize said, "Addressing the monumental energy challenge of the 21st

century involves practical projects at ground level that bring tangible changes

to the way people live." Both of the winning projects, Sunlabob Rural

Energy Ltd (Lao) and Practical Action (Peru), aim to bring renewable energy to

remote villages. Each project will receive US$ 100,000. [UNEP

Press Release] [UNEP Sasakawa Prize