News 2009

Sunlabob Receives $100,000 UNEP Sasakawa Prize in Africa


Sunlabob was one of 2 organisations awarded with a $100,000 USD cheque in Nairobi last week, from UNEP and supported by the Nippon Foundation. The award is in recognition of Sunlabob’s ground breaking efforts in ‘Moving towards a low carbon economy’ which was the theme of the World Environment Day 2008.

Sunlabob Director Andy Schroeter, who received the award, responded to the honour stating; “...this is a proud moment for Sunlabob, and for the renewable energy sector in Lao PDR. We have been working hard towards making renewable energy solutions affordable and appropriate for the rural setting not only in Lao PDR but for developing countries all over the world. This award is confirmation that we are on the right track, and will enable us to further develop existing technologies and explore new innovations.”

Commenting on the wider impact of this award, Yohei Sasakawa, Chairman of the Nippon Foundation and founder of the UNEP Sasakawa Prize said; “...I am convinced that the Sasakawa Prize, through the medium of the laureates and their powerful messages, has helped to persuade people to reconsider their lifestyles and realise the seriousness of the issue that we are facing. Seeing these changes steadily taking place, I feel very proud to know that the prize played an important role triggering them.”

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