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Representatives of winners and those highly commended in the 2024 Energy Institute International Energy Awards, lined up on stage Photo: Oliver Dixon Photography/Energy Institute
Representatives of winners and those highly commended in the 2024 Energy Institute International Energy Awards, including, at front centre in the red headscarf, President’s Award recipient Dr Nawal Al-Hosany, joined to her right by Energy Institute President Juliet Davenport and Chief Executive Nick Wayth

Photo: Oliver Dixon Photography/Energy Institute

The Energy Institute exists to create a better energy future. In its 25th year, these prestigious awards recognise the best the sector has to offer, and for the first time were presented at the International Energy Week Dinner on 29 February 2024 at The Grosvenor House Hotel in London. This year’s outstanding winners are profiled below.

Workforce Award: Pakistan Poverty Alleviation Fund (PPAF) 
The Pakistan Poverty Alleviation Fund (PPAF) Renewable Energy Program has implemented more than 3,800 projects with a cumulative capacity of 13.8 MW of generating capacity, benefiting over 300,000 people.

 

Amidst Pakistan’s diverse and challenging energy landscape, the PPAF spearheads an off-grid renewable energy programme that not only illuminates under-served communities but also cultivates a robust and sustainable energy workforce. At the heart of this transformation lie the Community Institutions (CIs), established by PPAF to empower local communities to take ownership of their energy needs. These CIs have emerged as the backbone of the PPAF energy workforce, driving the programme’s success and fostering a new generation of energy leaders.

 

The impact of the PPAF energy workforce is evident in the remarkable achievements of the programme. Over 38,900 community-based physical infrastructure projects, including renewable energy, education, health, skill development and enhancing livelihood, have been successfully completed, benefiting mainly women in under-served and under-developed areas of Pakistan. This includes the successful completion of over 3,800 community-managed and operated renewable energy projects, generating a cumulative capacity of 13.8 MW. These projects have not only provided access to clean, affordable and reliable energy for over 481,000 people but also created employment opportunities for community members involved in project construction, maintenance and training.

 

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