Jan. 31, 2019

Union Minister Piyush Goyal has been awarded the 4th annual Carnot Prize for “pathbreaking transformations in India’s energy sector”.

Carnot Prize: 

  • Objective: Carnot Prize, the most prestigious award in the energy sector, is the annual recognition of distinguished contributions to energy policy through scholarship or practice. 

  • Awarded by: Kleinman Center for Energy Policy at the University of Pennsylvania School of Design. 

  • Named after: French physicist Nicolas Sadi Carnot who recognised that the power of the steam engine would “produce a great revolution” in human development. 

  • Previous winners include: 
    • Daniel Yergin, Vice chairman of IHS, 

    • Fatih Birol, Director of International Energy Agency, 

    • Gina McCarthy, a career public servant in fields of energy and environment. 

  • 2019 winner: This year, it has been awarded to Union Minister Piyush Goyal is a recognition of the pathbreaking transformations in India’s energy sector by launching – 
    • The rural electrification drive that helped in achieving ‘24x7 Affordable, Environment Friendly Power for all’ and 

    • UJALA scheme the world’s largest LED distribution programme, in which 143 crore LED bulbs have been provided. 

Source : PIB