The leaders of two energy efficiency centers received the Climate Technology Initiative's World Climate Technology and Leadership Awards in 2000 for accelerating the spread of environmentally sound technologies and practices.
The awards were presented to Zhou Dad, the founder and first executive director of the Beijing Energy Efficiency Center in the People's Republic of China, and Igor Bashmakov, the director of the Center for Energy Efficiency in Russia. Dad received the award for transforming the delivery of energy services in China. Bashmakov was recognized for establishing institutions throughout the Russian Federation that specialize in energy efficiency and in enhancing public education on energy and climate change.
In another awards program, the Association of Energy Engineers named Pacific Northwest National Laboratory as the winner of its International Energy Project of the Year. The Laboratory and its partners, the Ukrainian Energy Efficiency Center and Industrial Real Estate, worked with Gostomel Glass Plant in Ukraine to develop a comprehensive energy-efficiency program and attract financing for implementation. Already more than $750,000 has been invested in energy-efficient improvements at the plant.
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