Lebanon: EU project wins National Energy Globe Award
June 1, 2016
The Lebanese team of the MED-ALGAE project, funded by the EU under the Cross Border Cooperation in the Mediterranean Basin (CBCMed programme) won the National Energy Globe Award for its outstanding work in developing the potential of using micro-algae to make a “greener” fuel that is renewable and does not harm the environment.
The award is one of the world’s most prestigious in the sustainability sector: it will be officially granted on 5 June 2016, which marks the UN World Environment Day.
The project team in partnership with other researchers from Cyprus, Egypt, Greece, Italy, and Malta, investigated the microalgal diversity of coastal areas of the Mediterranean Sea. Together, they isolated more than 20 microalgae strains that are potential biodiesel producers.
While further research is still needed to have gas stations selling fuel produced from a literally green source, the Lebanese team is confident that the National Energy Globe Award will give new momentum to the MED-ALGAE project.
The ENPI CBC Mediterranean Sea Basin Programme 2007/2013 is a multilateral cross-border cooperation programme funded by the European Union under the European Neighbourhood and Partnership Instrument. It aims at reinforcing cooperation between the EU and partner countries’ regions located along the shores of the Mediterranean Sea. (EU Neighbourhood Info)