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Sulabh Founder to receive Energy Globe Award at European Parliament

Dr Pathak, a Padma Bhushan recipient, has been chosen for the rare honour for the biogas plants linked to Sulabh toilets he had designed over three decades ago.

delhi Updated: Apr 07, 2007 01:57 IST

In a rare honour to an Indian, Dr Bindeshwar Pathak, pioneer of the sanitation movement in India has been selected for this year's
prestigious “ Energy Globe Award” for his notable contribution in making an 'environment that is worthy to live'.

Dr Pathak, a Padma Bhushan recipient, has been chosen for the rare honour for the biogas plants linked to Sulabh toilets he had designed
over three decades ago and which are now becoming a byword for sanitation in developing countries all over the world.

Dr Pathak will be presented this award in the Hemicycle of the European parliament in Brussels on April 11,2007.In a message felicitating Dr Pathak for wining the award, Energy Globe informed him:” Never before such an event has taken place at the European parliament and we are delighted to celebrate with you the world’s best sustainable environmental projects”.

The Energy Globe Award is given to projects all over the world, which make careful use of resources and employ alternative energy sources.
Every year about 700 projects from all over the world are submitted for competition.

A distinctive feature of Dr Pathak's project lies in the fact that besides producing odour-free biogas, it also releases clean water
rich in phosphorous and other ingredients, which are important constituents of organic manure.

Sought to check global environmental degradation, award is given to pioneers who come out with ideas and projects that can reduce
environmental pollution. Dr Pathak had earlier received the Dubai International Award for Best Practices and the Indira Gandhi
Priyadarshini Award for Environment.

It may be mentioned here that the UNDP in it’s latest Human Development Report has already appreciated the Sulabh technology in the field of low cost toilet system. The report said: Sulabh has emerged as one of the world’s largest nongovernmental providers of sanitation facilities.

Not only that even the President of India. Dr. A.P.j Abdul Kalam in his latest book “Mission India” has also mentioned the contribution
of Dr Pathak in the field of sanitation and liberation of scavengers.

Distressed at finding rapid deterioration in environment taking place all over the world, Wolfgang Neumann instituted the Energy Globe Award seven years ago. The winning projects are presented in the categories of earth, fire, water, air and youth.

While giving his remarks over this award, the former UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan says ''the Energy Globe Awards demonstrate that clean and modern forms of energy to drive sustainable development and reduce environment impacts are available now.''

According to official information, international TV channels will broadcast the award ceremony live reaching 2.5 billion households all
over the world.

First Published: Apr 07, 2007 01:55 IST