Energy Development, Growth and Sustainability (EDGS) Award

“Social Responsibility Activities for Improving Access and Use of Clean Energy in Rural Areas”


In developing countries, especially in rural areas, 2.8 billion people rely on biomass, such as fuelwood, charcoal, agricultural waste and animal dung, to meet their energy needs. Approximately three-fourths of these live in Asia. Nearly 4.3 million people – mostly women and children – die prematurely every year because of exposure to indoor air pollution from biomass. Indoor air pollution associated with biomass is directly responsible for more deaths than malaria, almost as many as tuberculosis, and approximately half as many as HIV/AIDS. In addition, much valuable household time and effort is devoted to fuel collection instead of education or income generation. Significant environmental damage can also result, such as land degradation and regional air pollution. Two complementary approaches can improve this situation: promoting wide access to energy and more efficient and sustainable use of traditional  energy forms such as biomass and providing  and encouraging people to switch to clean energy sources and technologies.

Social responsibility activities reducing energy poverty and featuring a more sustainable use of traditional energy forms or the development and diffusion of  suitable technologies as well as creating awareness on clean energy will be evaluated by the EDGS Award Committee. All such activities are eligible for application, whatever the end-use services they meet (cooking, heating, lighting, communication, mechanical power, mobility, etc.).


Application Process:

Corporations are encouraged to apply for the EDGS Award until December 19, 2014. In parallel, the EDGS Award Committee will identify potential candidates and encourage them for application. A two-tier evaluation system will be implemented. For the first round, submission of a Summary of maximum 2 pages length will suffice; it shall include the following information:

  • Title
  • Definition of the work
  • Beneficiaries
  • Objectives
  • Social/economic/environmental impacts


Those applicants who pass the first round will be asked to submit more detailed information including

  • description of the results (realized or expected) – double-spaced; 3 pages maximum;
  • social/economic/environmental impact analysis details including all scenarios and assumptions (both Word and Excel files if applicable)
  • supplementary technical reports (if available)
  • supplementary audiovisual material (if available)


It is important that eligible applicants provide evidence of how the activities were evaluated and what the wider benefits of these have been for the socio-economic development of the specific community/area.


Award: The winner will receive the benefits of

  • High level recognition at the Gala Night with the EDGS Award Plaque presented during the Award Ceremony;
  • Complimentary TRAEE Corporate Membership with all its benefits for one year;
  • Complimentary exhibition tableat next year’s IAEE International Conference;
  • Recognition by 4500+ distinguished IAEE members through the IAAE Newsletter.

Contact Information:

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