On 9 November, the Ministry of Sustainable Development and Infrastructure received the national Energy Globe Award for Luxembourg, in recognition of the opening of the first energy positive public building. This building, which houses the headquarters of the Nature and Forestry Agency, produces more energy than it consumes, a total of 35,841.7 kWh more than required to run the building.
This award was presented all around the word by Advantage Austria, the Austrian agency for internationalisation. It ensures that the voices of committed people are heard worldwide and presents their solutions to the most urgent environmental issues to a wide audience, in order to make them visible and to encourage others to find their own innovative solution.
A leading project for Luxembourg
The orientation of the façade which extends southwards and the flat roof enabled the installation of photovoltaic (PV) modules over a large area. The annual electricity production of the PV modules installed was estimated at 117,399.86 kWh. Compared to the building's absolute energy demand of 66,145.4 kWh, we can expect an estimated surplus of around 50,000 kWh per year.
The director of Advantage Austria's Brussels office Martina Madeo and the Austrian ambassador to Luxembourg Gregor Schusterschitz presented the price to Minister François Bausch and Minister Carole Dieschbourg, expressing the hope that many buildings in Luxembourg will follow the example set by the Nature and Forestry Agency.
The biggest environmental award worldwide
With 178 nations participating, the Energy Globe Award is now the biggest and most illustrious environmental award worldwide.. Projects from around the world are submitted, from simple and modest initiatives to high-end large-scale projects. National Energy Globe award winners are presented with the award each year in their respective countries, in cooperation with the Austrian Chamber of Commerce's external trade centres.
Presentation of the award winners on World Environment Day, 5 June
The national winners of the Energy Globe Award will be revealed under the auspices of UNESCO and in cooperation with the UNEP (United Nations Environment Programme) on the website www.energyglobe.info on 5 June 2018, for United Nations World Environment Day. At this stage, a worldwide campaign will be launched to raise awareness about the projects, using the best practice for a sustainable future.
(Source: press release from Advantage Austria Brussels)