SNV was one of the four nominated finalists today for the prestigious Zayed Future Energy Prize 2016. At a special ceremony following the inauguration of the Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week (ADSW), the jury of the Zayed Future Energy Prize selected the Indonesia based NGO Kopernik as winner in the 2016 non-profit category.
Although SNV has not been awarded as winner, the SNV team was proud to be one of the four nominated candidates. Nearly 1,500 projects from 97 countries had applied for the Zayed 2016 prize.
SNV was nominated for its activities in the biogas sector. SNV started working in biogas sector development in 1989 in Nepal, establishing a viable and vibrant sector though building the capacities of local partners. Since then – with the generous support of international donors including the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Energising Development (EnDev) program, Hivos, several regional Development Banks, as well as national government ministries – we have replicated and scaled the programmes model according to local needs to over 20 countries. These programs have delivered more than 660,000 bio-digesters so far. In the biogas programs women play an important role as so called ‘agents of change’, in particular in awareness raising and promotion and marketing of the use of biogas. The SNV biogas programmes have gained various international recognition, including the Energy Globe Award, the Ashden Award for Sustainable Energy, and the World Energy Award.