The region's first international media awards for coverage of renewable energy and energy efficiency were presented at an official ceremony in Zagreb on March 17. First prize went to Vaida Pilibaityte and Mindaugas Nastaravicius for their report 'A new nuclear power station for Lithuania: Would it really pay' Runner- up was Mladen Ilickovic for his report on the state of renewable energy initiatives in Latvia and Croatia. Sharing second prize was Atnanas Georgiev for a series of articles published on utilities, hotels and restaurants in Bulgarian monthly magazines.
The competition was sponsored by the Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Partnership (REEEP), in partnership with the Guardian Foundation and Green Horizon. Applicants for the award submitted examples of print, radio and television coverage of renewable energy, and a panel of journalists and sustainable energy experts based their decisions on journalistic excellence, quality of information and estimated social impact.