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EI Awards 2020 recognise energy sector’s ‘indispensable contribution’


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The annual ceremony of the hotly-contested EI Awards 2020 took place today, with the most innovative people and projects across the global energy sector feted by both the President of the Energy Institute (EI) and UK Energy Minister.

A record 160 entries from around the world – from Nigeria to New Zealand, Spain to Singapore – were in the frame for the ten prestigious awards.

Held virtually for the first time in the Awards’ 21 year history, the expert judges praised the outstanding and diverse talent of the winners and nominees, who showcased ingenuity and strength, despite the global pandemic.

Hosting the ceremony, EI President Steve Holliday FREng FEI commented:

“These Awards recognise the engineers, scientists and innovators who together make energy safer, cleaner and more accessible - from conventional fuels through to growing fields in low carbon technologies.

“I am proud to be part of an industry delivering day-in-day-out in the most difficult of circumstances, making an indispensable contribution during the global pandemic and keeping energy supplies flowing.

“Congratulations to this year’s winners, to the shortlisted contenders and to this amazing industry on which we all depend.”

UK Energy, Business and Clean Growth Minister Kwasi Kwarteng MP also spoke at the ceremony, saying:

“Behind the advances that improve our lives today are millions of people in and around the world of energy doing tremendous work.

“It’s a privilege to have this opportunity to express my admiration and thanks to the winners of all 10 EI Awards.

“Whether it’s ensuring we protect our environment and reduce emissions, or extending universal access to energy, the leadership and achievement that we’re celebrating today is truly inspiring”

Alongside the innovative winners of the eight project categories, this year’s individual awards were presented to two distinguished women in their fields. Ujunwa Ojemeni, Founder of the Africa Women in Energy Development Initiative won the Energy Leader Award. Carol Choi, Innovation Analyst at UK Power Networks, became the EI’s new Young Energy Professional of the Year.

The EI Awards were presented in association with the EI’s Generation 2050 initiative and its supporting partners Chrysaor, EY, IBM, Neptune Energy, Ørsted, Repsol Sinopec Resources UK, and Vattenfall.

The winners of the EI Awards 2020 are:

Access to Energy: InfraCo Asia
For their Philippines Smart Solar Network project

Energy Management: Midas Pattern
For their Midas Green Initiative

Environment: The Sniffers

For their Methane Accounting Program

Health and Safety: NDT Global
For their increased awareness of the importance of safety amongst employees

Innovative Technology: Vestemi
For MyRadbot

Low Carbon: Egypt PV

For the Grid Connected Small-Scale Photovoltaic Systems Project

Public Engagement: Octopus Energy
For Portraits from the Precipice (PftP) – a collection of climate art

Talent Development and Learning: European Energy Centre

For its work creating a global skilled workforce in renewable energy & energy efficiency

Energy Leader: Ujunwa Ojemeni
Founder of the Africa Women in Energy Development Initiative

Young Energy Professional: Carol Choi
Innovation Analyst at UK Power Networks

Notes for editors

  1. The EI Awards is a competition run by the Energy Institute for those shaping the world's energy future.
    The awards celebrate the achievements of the energy industry across the globe, giving recognition to individuals and organisations who take an innovative and responsible approach to solving the industry's challenges of providing society with clean, sustainable, low cost and dependable energy.
  2. For more information and images of the winners, please contact EI Communications Officer, Robyn Wainwright, on 07815542288 or
  3. More information about the EI’s Generation 2050 initiative can be found at:
  4. The Energy Institute is the not-for-profit chartered professional membership body bringing together expertise to tackle urgent global challenges.
    Responding to the climate emergency while meeting the energy needs of the world’s growing population calls for energy to be better understood, managed and valued.
    This ambition is at the heart of our social purpose.
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