Pacific Northwest researcher wins prestigious international climate change award

November 02, 1999

RICHLAND, Wash. -William Chandler, a research scientist at the Department of Energy's Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, has received the prestigious World Climate Technology Leadership Award from the Climate Technology Initiative. The initiative is led by the International Energy Agency headquartered in Paris, France.

Chandler, director of the advanced international studies unit at Pacific Northwest, works in the laboratory's Washington, D.C., office. He is one of only two scientists from around the world to be honored. He was recognized by CTI for founding a global network of energy efficiency centers in Bulgaria, the Czech Republic, the People's Republic of China, Poland, the Russian Federation and Ukraine.

"Dr. Chandler has done more to promote energy efficiency and reduce the generation of greenhouse gases on a global basis than almost anyone else on the planet. His work is truly revolutionary and he is setting a standard by which others will be measured. He is very deserving of this award," said Gerald M. Stokes, associate laboratory director for Pacific Northwest's environmental and health sciences division. Stokes' organization includes the laboratory's advanced international studies unit.

The energy efficiency centers are non-governmental, not-for-profit organizations that promote energy efficiency in their respective countries. Activities range from assisting governments with policy development to helping private businesses identify and implement energy efficiency projects.

CTI is a multilateral effort by 23 industrialized member countries of the International Energy Agency, the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development and the European Commission. Its intent is to foster international cooperation for the development and transfer of technologies and practices that protect the environment by reducing emissions that cause global warming.

The initiative pursues an active program to build energy capacity in developing and transitional countries through training courses, seminars, information dissemination, studies, research and publications, and preparation of cooperative technology needs assessments.

The CTI awards program is the first occasion which global champions of the environment will be recognized for their efforts. The awards were presented during ceremonies in Bonn, Germany, on Nov. 1.

Pacific Northwest is one of the DOE's nine multi-program national laboratories and conducts research in the fields of environment, energy, health sciences and national security. Battelle, based in Columbus, Ohio, has operated Pacific Northwest for DOE since 1965.
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Contact: Greg Koller
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Mike Berriochoa
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DOE/Pacific Northwest National Laboratory

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