2015 lifetime achievement winner Al Gore.

The Abu Dhabi government’s US$4 million Zayed Future Energy Prize has opened for entries, with companies, non-profit organisations, high schools and individuals invited to apply.

The annual award, managed by the government-owned clean energy company Masdar, has appointed Australian company Business Outlook and Evaluation to assist applicants from the Oceania region.

There are five categories:

  • SME: for-profit enterprises with less than $100 million in annual revenues, with a prize of US$1.5 million
  • NFO: non-profit organisations, industry associations, research bodies or international bodies, with a prize of US$1.5 million
  • Large corporations: revenues exceeding US$100 million per year – recognition award (no monetary value)
  • Global high schools: schools that teach grades 9 and above, with a total prize of US$ 500,000, US$100,00 to be awarded each to five schools from the following regions: the Americas, Europe, Oceania, Africa and Asia.
  • Lifetime achievement: individuals must be nominated by third parties– with a prize of US$ 500,000

Submissions are accepted online and will close on 22 June 2016.

Winners of last year’s prize were Panasonic Corporation (large corporation), M-Kopa Solar (SME), Liter of Light (NFO) and Al Gore (Lifetime Achievement). Melbourne Girls School took out the Oceania Global High School award.

“Innovation is a driving force for change – we need clean energy innovators to find sustainable solutions to the pressing global challenges facing the world today,” director-general of the Zayed Future Energy Prize Dr Sultan Al Jaber said.

“In seven years the prize and its ambassadors have positively impacted the lives of more than 150 million people around the world. The prize invites the world’s most brilliant minds to join a growing network of international alumni.”