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EI Awards 2021: now closed for entries

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Energy Management 2020 winner

Midas Pattern Company for The Midas green initiative: a manufacturer’s drive to become process carbon neutral

Winning the 2020 Energy Institute award for Energy Management really was the highlight of our year, providing the well-deserved recognition for our team’s dedication and hard work in reducing energy consumption.  Not only were we incredibly humbled to win such a prestigious and global award, it has provided us with a much larger platform to encourage other companies to do all that they can to reach carbon neutrality.

As a UK manufacturing company in the plastics industry we wanted to shine a light on the need to become more environmentally responsible and show that, however small the steps, every action and every business can make a difference.

Spurred on by winning the award, we have continued our efforts and at the start of 2021 achieved the Carbon net-zero milestone! We believe manufacturing doesn’t have to cost the earth.

Environment 2020 winner

The Sniffers for Realising sustained reductions of methane emissions with The Sniffers’ Methane Accounting Program

As one of the first companies in the world, The Sniffers developed a dedicated program targeting methane reduction in the complete gas value chain.

Wining the Energy Institute 2020 Environment Award was a strong recognition of the value of the Methane Accounting Program and the contribution of The Sniffers to the sustainability agenda.

This news was a welcome motivation boost for the whole organization.

Our people are proud of their contribution to the global warming challenge. In our conversations with clients around the world, this EI Award provides our Methane reduction program extra credibility. This recognition helps to replicate the success in strong methane reduction to other clients.

Talent, Development, and Learning 2020 winner

European Energy Centre (EEC) for Creating a global, skilled workforce in renewable energy and energy efficiency

The European Energy Centre - Renewable Energy Institute believes that education is key to the growth and development of the Renewable Energy Sector. That is why we were delighted to receive the EI’s distinguished award for Talent Development and Learning.The award recognises our continuous provision and upskilling of talent into the energy industry, creating a global, sustainable and dynamic workforce through accredited, expert-led programmes.

Energy Leader 2020 winner

Ujunwa Ojemeni, AWEDI Network

Being nominated for and receiving the Energy Leader award from the Energy Institute in the unique year 2020 gave me and the team at AWEDI the motivation we needed to push through to keep helping women in energy across Africa to grow and advance. The award brought us more visibility globally, and the recognition encouraged the team to keep putting in the work.

The purpose AWEDI Network was founded - to provide a platform to help women across Africa to advance their careers in the energy sector - remains central and crucial especially in this decade of action to achieve SDG 7. It has indeed been a fulfilling journey of constantly learning to work with such selfless volunteers across the continent.

Finally, we must continue to encourage and normalize celebrating the impact being made by energy leaders in the sector as this serves to encourage other industry players to keep being impactful while inspiring the younger generation to do even more.

Health and Safety 2020 winner

NDT Global for Organisational safety culture transformation project

NDT Global is delighted with the outcome of the 2020 Energy Institute Awards. We remain fully committed to maintaining the highest standards across our global operations, and the awards provide an opportunity to acknowledge the daily effort and commitment of our teams everywhere. It also signifies we are on the right track, as we make further progress in 2021 and beyond. Thank you.

2021 Shortlisters

Access to Energy

Scaling smart, solar, community microgrids for socioeconomic opportunity in Haiti
Earth Sparks International

EarthSpark’s 'smart, solar-powered microgrids' deliver reliable grid electricity to towns in Haiti that have not previously had electricity. These local energy systems unlock local economic opportunities. Deep community involvement, ‘feminist electrification’, local business support, and local governance all invite people to be full, equal, and active participants in their power systems.

Solar pump system for farmers

Khethworks has developed a solar pump system specifically for and with smallholder farmers. Our hyper-efficient and reliable solar pump system is small enough to carry with a flow rate big enough to satisfy marginal farmer’s preferences at a bankable price point that does not depend on subsidy.

KOKO’s Smart Fuel ATMs enable ultra-clean cooking at scale in emerging market cities
KoKo Networks

KOKO’s innovations are driving the switch from deforestation-based charcoal cooking to a sustainable alternative that reduces carbon emissions while protecting Africa's forests. KOKO's low-cost two-burner stove runs on liquid bioethanol, a by-product of the local sugar industry. In local shops, 700 KOKO Fuel ATMs dispense fuel through cashless transactions into ‘Smart Canisters’ that come with the stove, saving customers 50% vs charcoal. 230,000 Nairobi households have already switched to cooking with KOKO.

Clustered solar systems in rural areas to provide services to farmers (irrigation, milling, refrigeration)

Oorja is a farming-as-a-service (FaaS) company that finances, installs, operates, and maintains community-scale solar infrastructure. It provides access to critical irrigation, agro-processing, and refrigeration services to marginal farmers using an inclusive pay-per-use business model. This enables farmers to increase their agricultural productivity and income while reducing on-farm carbon emissions.

South Asian Forum For Environment (SAFE)
South Asian Forum For Environment

SUN-VILL WASH delivers a 24x7 supply of clean drinking water and sanitation facilities through a new energy regime, to climate vulnerable marginal communities in Sunderbans; It has 50 KVA clean energy sources for dispensing 25 thousand litres of clean drinking water per day to over 5000 poor families. During this Pandemic and super cyclone situations in Sunderbans, the project provides for clean water, fresh farm food, desalinated water for livestock, and agriculture that is practised on floating-farms runs on micro-solar irrigation system.

Energy Leader

Abdulaziz Al-Qasim, Saudi Aramco

Dr. Al-Qasim is a pioneer in upstream innovation and invention. He's the champion of the 1st CCUS/EOR pilot in the kingdom, a win-win sustainable combination for CO2 sequestration and oil recovery. He's been named a trailblazer, and recipient of several national and international institutions prestigious awards, recognitions and honours.

Khalid Alruwaili Alruwaili, Saudi Aramco

Khalid is a very knowledgeable person with a lot of thinking skills, which helped him in establishing a new program based on Geomechanics that is expected to grow and prosper in the future. Under his leadership, several technologies were deployed that showed a significant business impact on the industry.

François Cazor, Kpler

François Cazor's leadership at Kpler has facilitated global energy trade by bringing real-time intelligence in traditionally opaque commodity markets. Thanks to his role in creating Kpler, markets are now transparent, industry professionals can work more efficiently and, ultimately, a level-playing field for everyone has been enabled within commodity markets.

Mohamed Soliman, Saudi Aramco

Inspiring and empowering energy leader who was able to provide innovative solutions for many operation challenges including Gas Flaring, Enhanced Oil Recovery, and gas pipelines flow assurance. His dedication resulted in obtaining 17 granted patents from USPTO, filing more than 30 new patents and publishing more than 15 technical papers.

Energy Management

GRAHAM - climate action

At GRAHAM we recognise the enormity of the challenge that we face in rapidly reducing energy use and carbon and we recognise the implications for the future of our planet where we do not move decisively enough to tackle the climate crisis. For these reasons, we have set out our board advocated 'Climate Action Strategy' to outline our vision and ambition for net zero across our entire value chain (scope 1,2 and 3). It includes a roadmap with specific short and long-term actions toward reducing energy use and transitioning to net zero.

Energy task force on a mission
Klockner Pentaplast

By the end of 2025, we will increase energy efficiency by 17% against a 2019 baseline. Enabling us to deliver more products to meet rising demand, all without increasing our energy use. We are actively planning for a future where our sites either buy or generate considerably more renewable energy so that we're able to meet our ambitious emissions targets.

Baseline reduction campaign

Traditional Monitoring and Targeting techniques were used to drive energy and GHG savings during a period of capital starvation and changing working patterns.  These activities raised energy awareness levels amongst participants as the results were published frequently to senior managers and manufacturing leads. Savings of £800k are realised to date.


Advanced Fuel Cycle Programme (AFCP)
National Nuclear Laboratory (NNL)

AFCP is driving innovation to underpin a clean energy future in the United Kingdom. Part of the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy's (BEIS) £505m Energy Innovation Programme 'a portion of which marks the biggest public investment in nuclear fission in a generation' AFCP is investigating the role of advanced nuclear fuels and fuel cycles for a net zero future. With UK Government committed to achieving carbon neutrality by 2050, AFCP is laying the foundation from which Britain can maximise its current capability, meet net zero and continue deploying sustainable fuel and recycling concepts through the future.

Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens living campus
Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens

The aim of Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens' Living Campus project was to restore a dilapidated lot into a beautiful, useful space that demonstrates that efficient, net-zero buildings are engaging and healthy for people and the ecosystems in which they are nested. The project consists of three different sustainable constructions, each representing a different construction type: the Center for Sustainable Landscapes (CSL) (new), the Nature Lab (modular) and the Exhibit Staging Center (ESC) (adaptive reuse).

HDGPD air quality and environmental emissions improvement
Saudi Aramco

Part of Saudi Aramco's environmental sustainability, this project is considered exceptional, because it yielded a drastic improvement in sustainable greenhouse gas emissions reduction and air quality improvements for the plant. The project yielded significant operational efficiency enhancement, environmental emission rates improvement for the facility by reducing flaring by 56.4 %, sulfur dioxide (SO2) emission by 92% and carbon dioxide (CO2) by 5% that beyond design and compliance. Moreover, it resolved many operational challenges that have been there since the startup of the plant. Operating SRU was challenging due to low efficiency in the reaction furnace, low mass velocity and fogging in condensers, difficulties maintaining tail gas ratio, and low recovery efficiency.

East Anglia ONE environment team
ScottishPower Renewables

SPR's EAONE Environment Team went far beyond its statutory responsibility, putting extensive plans in place protecting the area from construction impacts. The team not only looked after the environment, they enhanced it, protecting and attracting native species and setting the standard for energy infrastructure to work in harmony with nature.

Health and Safety

Thrive for Ørsted
Active Training Team

Thrive is a multi-media immersive programme at a purpose-built centre on the Humber. Though based on a wind power specific scenario developed with Ørsted, Thrive was designed to be relevant to renewables, ports and a range of high-risk industrial sectors. Thrive is a stimulating safe space for people to practise and develop their skills; bridging the gap between theoretical learning models and the reality of the workplace.

CANdrops - dropped object prevention
CAN Group

Potential Dropped Objects (PDO) continues to pose a serious industry-wide safety concern. Historically, PDO reports were reviewed following a survey and then actioned in the future, which presents significant and ongoing risks. There was often little understanding holistically of the risk of PDOs as issues would be fed into other systems and get '˜lost' amongst data. Developing CANdrops, tablet-based reporting interfaced with a digital portal, bespoke multi-skilled teams experienced in assessing and removing PDOs, together with an immediate '˜find and fix' strategy/process, helps to efficiently identify, eliminate, mitigate and remediate potential harm and threats posed by PDO's, ultimately ensuring workplace safety for people and plant.

COVID-19 - We are in this together

Schlumberger leadership decided to share our COVID-19 response resources, including our COVID-19 Life-Saving Rules, documentation and app, with our industry, customers, contractors, competitors and communities where we live and work. These tools assisted us to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and to preserve life, an ultimate responsibility for us all.

Innovative Technology

Sensor Ball - mini logging robot
Aramco Services Company

Sensor Ball technology aims to replace conventional tools for temperature and pressure logging particularly for well integrity monitoring but not limited to it. The small footprint, low cost, and autonomous operation makes it possible to log wells by spending a few minutes at the well-site. High resolution data provides important feedback to the engineers for diagnosing problems. It also prevents the safety risks and CO2 emissions associated with the wireline logging. This disruptive technology is a paradigm shift in well logging and surveillance business.

Eco Wave Power onshore wave energy technology
Eco Wave Power

The successful implementation of Eco Wave Power's Gibraltar wave energy power station is a scientific breakthrough that proved that wave energy power is a viable source of clean electricity. When observing the energy situation in Gibraltar, we can see that most of its' electricity is generated by diesel, which is highly polluting and expensive. EWP wave energy station will supply 15% of all of Gibraltar's electricity with a green source, improving air quality and therefore life quality. The EWP technology will provide clean energy to locations that have limited grid access and will serve to lower the pollution levels by adding a clean energy source to the energy mix. The success of the Gibraltar project paves the way to EWP's continued growth, allowing us to begin developing commercial-scale projects around the world.

Breakthrough Cloud digital innovation transforms critical offshore safety process

Through the smart application of advanced AI and ML innovations, we engineered a game-changing technology to seamlessly automate and transform one of the most critical safety processes in the high-hazard offshore sector. This led to a successful deployment of the industry-first cloud digital solution that fully digitizes and optimizes the safety observation process across a global offshore fleet, delivering exceptional efficiencies while directly empowering teams to improve offshore safety culture. The breakthrough technology boosted engagement in the safety program by 30%, enabled a safer workplace through real-time analysis of safety indicators, reduced the program's cost by 70% and saved 15,000 man-hours each year, all while cutting carbon footprint by eliminating the use of half millions of paper cards each year.

Advanced Diagnostic and Prognostic Technology (ADaPT) for mechanical damage prediction
Petroliam Nasional Berhad (PETRONAS)

Advanced Diagnostic and Prognostic Technology (ADaPT) offers plant authority to effectively manage their equipment and assets for potential through-crack and its time to rupture. With the ADaPT Technology, plants can avoid unnecessary injury to the people, environment and cost avoidance due to Loss of Primary Containment (LOPC) of their equipment.

Picarro methane emissions management solution

Picarro uniquely supports gas operators in their efforts to improve public safety and reduce their impact on the environment. The Picarro solution enables utilities to proactively find and fix leaks before they become hazardous. Furthermore, Picarro's ability to quantify methane emissions at scale allows operators to better plan repairs and construction activities, resulting in dramatic reductions in fugitive methane emissions and a positive impact on the environment.

Low Carbon

Aberla Energy and Cheshire West & Chester Council deliver solar PV
Aberla Energy

The public sector/private sector partnership between Aberla Energy, Cheshire West & Chester Council and ForHousing successfully collaborated to deliver an innovative and low carbon project which resulted in the 490kWp of solar PV installed across the Council's portfolio, saving 267 tonnes of CO2 per year. Aberla Energy was awarded a contract in 2019 by Cheshire West and Chester Council (CW&C) to undertake a solar and battery storage installation programme across the Authority's building portfolio. Aberla provided design, supply, installation and maintenance services for over 175 properties across the County.

GeoPura displaces diesel generators with Hydrogen Power Units

GeoPura has designed and manufactured hydrogen power units (HPUs) based on industrial fuel cells that provide 250kW electrical output, 80kW thermal power and 216kWh battery storage. The units can be run in parallel to deliver up to 1MW of power, used to provide combined heat and power systems, and supply all standard AC loads including EV chargers. GeoPura was founded to decarbonise our global economies with clean, green hydrogen power, source enough clean energy to move away from fossil fuels, and navigate the logistical issues of getting this energy to where it is needed.

Eday, Orkney: using digital twins to produce a net zero community

Our aim was to determine ways in which the Orkney island of Eday could reduce its reliance on grid imports and fossil fuels, whilst also identifying steps towards making it a Zero or Positive-Energy Community. It was found that a net zero, positive energy status could be achieved with a reduction in total community energy use of 76%, with the remaining energy requirement delivered via the existing home wind turbine generation and a new 2MWh community battery. This would eliminate fossil fuel consumption on the island completely.

Pakistan rooftop solar project - unlocking solar power potential
InfraCo Asia Development

InfraCo Asia and AEPL have established a joint venture Prism Energy which is introducing international standards and catalytic financing to Pakistan's nascent distributed solar sector through the development, implementation and operation of a 40MW rooftop (or ground-mounted) solar portfolio.
Through the portfolio, InfraCo Asia aims to demonstrate the commercial viability and replicability of the renewable energy solution at scale in Pakistan. The project's success is expected to catalyse greater private sector investment in Pakistan's distributed solar sector, and its renewables sector as a whole, thus accelerating Pakistan's transition towards cleaner energy sources and helping to usher in a low-carbon future which is sustainable and inclusive for all.

Waste to wings, sustainable aviation fuel from aerospace industry waste
Wilson Bio-Chemicals

WBC has developed a patented system to separate and homogenise the biogenic content of commercial and industry derived waste and convert it to platform chemicals that produce sustainable fuels. The Wilson System will significantly reduce emission profiles of aviation fuels and be a major contributor in transitioning the aerospace industry to a greener future.

Public Engagement

Warm food winter
Energy Action Scotland

Promotion of fuel poverty and practical support to help hard-pressed families cook a warm meal at low cost during the winter. This is leading to improvements to health and wellbeing. Over 160 families in social rented accommodation have accessed equipment and food. Strong media profile, locally and nationally. Promoted to Sottish Government who is actively considering greater support for low energy appliances to reduce fuel poverty. Happier better fed households is the key outcome.

The Hinkley connection project: engineering positive futures
National Grid

At National Grid, we're doing everything we can to support the UK government's goal of achieving net-zero carbon emissions by 2050. The Hinkley Connection Project (HCP) 'a large-scale energy connection being rolled out across the UK's South West' is fundamental in our fight for cleaner, more sustainable energy. While we work on future-proofing the planet, we're also working to engage the communities we operate within. 'Engineering Positive Futures' is a programme designed to engage the future generation of engineers by getting them excited about the energy industry, and STEM subjects as a whole.

Volts-Wagen - an outstanding green energy conversion
Octopus Energy

Octopus Energy wanted to raise public awareness of the positive role Electric Vehicles can play in protecting our planet, whilst engaging and converting a new audience to green energy. By converting a classic Volkswagen Beetle to an Electric 'Volts-wagen' we also converted thousands of people to green energy, raised £51,000 for charity, and reached a total audience of 4 million people.

Lean in Energy, Europe & Sub-Sharan Africa
Lean in Energy

We aim to ensure that our mentees are central to our strategy and development. We encourage them to be active contributors in empowering themselves in their career development and progression. Participation is free, which enables inclusivity and accessibility for all women. Over 913 participants globally have been impacted by our work to further their career refocus, career growth, expansion of networks, and opportunities to safely practice career development tactics and leadership competencies in a safe space.

UK Power Networks heat campaign
UK Power Networks

According to the Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) 16% of people in the UK don't know what type of heating they have. The research shows 20% of people have never heard of renewable heating systems, 39% are aware but don't know what it is, and 40% of people have never heard of heat pumps of any kind. Combined with UK Power Networks detailed stakeholder engagement on heat, we identified a key role for us to play is providing information to our employees, the industry, and directly to our customers.  Over the last year, UK Power Networks' three-person communications team has delivered a multichannel campaign to bring low carbon heating into the mainstream.

Talent, Development, and Learning

Building bridges - how technology linked the classroom with energy experts
CU London

CU London has used technology in an innovative way to build bridges between classroom theory and energy industry experts for its diverse student body. The high level of success this project has achieved is evident in outstanding student, staff and industry feedback, improved student opportunities and enhanced student academic outcomes.

Centre of excellence for solar energy
TNB Integrated Learning Solution

Aspired to be the leading provider of sustainable energy solutions in Malaysia and internationally, TNB's main objective of this synergy is to establish a CoE for experiential learning in Green Technology to broaden the avenue for innovative learning interventions to foster awareness and nurture new talent into the industry.

Preparing All Students for Success (PASS)
Trinidad Offshore Fabricators Unlimited (TOFCO)

The main objective was to incrementally improve the pass rate from 13% to 20%.  The overall pass rate at the programme's end was 93%. Two schools were removed from the academic watch list. The top student attained a 95% pass rate. One school achieved no resits. There were 11 resits out of a combined total of 175 students who took the exam.

Excellence in renewable skills and training
University of Hull

We aim to support innovation in the energy industry while providing a talented and diverse pipeline to fill the skills gap.  Close consultation with energy businesses ensures that our programmes meet industry needs, combining classroom and laboratory learning with hands-on industry experience. We are achieving our objective of providing a talented and diverse pipeline to fill the skills gap in the energy sector, with students moving into varied roles in the energy industry, working for businesses including SGRE, Bridge Wind Management, Uniper, GIZ (Kenya), ECO2, Reenergia Enhar (Pakistan), and IsoEnergy.

Young Energy Professional of the Year

Khawlah Alanqari, Saudi Aramco

I highly recommend Mrs. Khawlah Alanqari for this award for her remarkable contributions, leading capabilities, and fast adaptation in the work environment. She has four granted patents, more than 25 filed patent disclosures, and a number of technical publications in the area of drilling fluids, cementing, and loss circulation.

Rosie Atkins, WSP

Rosie's passion for the sector is evident; she is always seeking to further develop her knowledge to apply to projects. Rosie is the embodiment of a 'can-do' attitude, playing a critical role in two of our major projects in the decarbonisation realm within the UK's industrial clusters.

Jeanette Gitobu, Windlab

Jeanette has the drive, skill, resources, and support to change the renewable energy sector while listening to the voices unheard in the communities she works in so that the least, the lost, and the forgotten, are not left behind long after her work on the project is over.

Dina Otoum, Yellow Door Energy

While there are many worthwhile nominees, as her line manager, I believe Dina should win this prestigious award because of her drive to succeed, her innovative ideas and her motivation to raise awareness about solar and sustainability. She speaks at events to raise the profile of the solar industry overall.

Anthony Wang, Guidehouse - Energy, Sustainability, and Infrastructure Segment

Anthony is truly a role model for his peers, as demonstrated by his passion for solving client challenges, his forward-thinking mindset for solving society's challenges, and his love of helping those around him succeed. His dedication to the industry and to making the world a better place is unstoppable.

EI Awards categories

This award is to celebrate projects that have implemented strategies and technologies that improve lives by opening up access to energy.

Even though energy is now benefiting the lives of more people around the world than ever, 800 million human beings still have no access to electricity and 3 billion are still cooking using dirty, dangerous cooking fuels, leading to severe bronchial illness and around 4 million premature deaths each year. Ensuring affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all is central to the UN Sustainability Goals and will require more sustained efforts. This award is for projects that have brought energy to places in the world that are most in need, improving lives and life chances in the process. The award will also consider projects in developed countries that have tackled persistent issues of energy poverty within particular geographical areas or demographic groups.

The judging panel will be looking for:

  • Proven benefit of the project to the community it serves
  • Scope for sustaining benefits in the longer term or extending the project

Successful projects will be able to prove a unique and unprecedented energy-related benefit for a community. The project or initiative should be of a ground-breaking nature. You must be able to validate the success of your project with proven results.

For this category, the judging panel are looking for the industry's champion, those are individuals who fit the following criteria:

  • Commitment to fostering professionalism in their own work and among colleagues
  • Promoting knowledge, improving skills or developing and applying good practice in their work place or the broader energy industry
  • Commitment to raising industry standards, enhancing its image and championing the contribution the energy industry makes to society
  • Commitment to the industry and its future
  • Championing the industry among the younger generation

Entrants should provide evidence of how their work and achievements meet as many of these criteria as possible.

Effective energy management is crucial to ensure the efficient use of energy in a domestic, commercial or industrial setting, and investments in energy management produces a wide range of benefits, including reducing your organisation’s costs and cutting greenhouse gas emissions, in addition to improving energy security.

This award recognises individuals or organisations that have effectively deployed practices to improve their energy efficiency performance through the design and implementation of materials, systems, software and supply chains; and / or which have been able to reduce their carbon emissions and energy waste. Entries from commercial organisations are welcome, in addition to local authority, healthcare and housing trust’s entries.

For the Energy Management Award, the judging panel will be looking for:

  • Clearly defined strategy for reducing energy use and measuring performance
  • Realisation of reduction targets and a demonstrable benefit to business operations
  • Management commitment
  • Employee engagement

You must be able to validate the success of your project with proven results.

It is increasingly important for the energy industry to reduce its impact on the environment and give back to the planet. For this award the judges are looking for schemes and projects that enhance and protect the environment. Entrants should demonstrate a responsible and ethical commitment to managing the risks of energy to the environment.

The judging panel will be looking for:

  • Demonstrable benefit to the environment
  • Management commitment
  • Good prospects for wider application

You must be able to validate the success of your project with proven results.

The energy industry could not operate without proper regard to health and safety and standards for safe practice are robust and subject to continuous review and refinement.

For this award the judges are looking for projects which have demonstrated best practice in safety as well as in areas such as occupational health, mental health, performance, productivity, hygiene and resilience through change. We are looking to acknowledge teams, individuals and projects that take a unique approach to health and safety and demonstrate the potential to have an impact on the industry's overall health and safety record.

The judging panel will be looking for:

  • Health and safety initiatives or innovations with potential for industry-wide benefit
  • Management commitment
  • Effective communication and implementation
  • Demonstrable difference from before to after application

You must be able to validate the success of your project with proven results.

Technology in all its forms is an essential and exciting aspect of the energy industry, a frontier where new and better solutions are constantly being devised. The role of digital technologies and data in particular are taking the industry into the ‘4th revolution’. This award will recognise the year’s best innovative technological development or implementation of an existing technology with the power to become a gamechanger or disrupter in the industry.

The judging panel will be looking for:

  • Identification of the technological innovation which represents a major advance or development
  • Commercially viable technology that is ready for market and for wider adoption and application
  • Inventive new technology or innovative implementation of existing technology
  • Clear demonstration of the benefits of the innovation over existing methods

You must be able to validate the success of your project with proven results.

This award is to recognise schemes and projects that have made significant progress in reducing carbon emissions to help reach net-zero by or before 2050. Entrants should demonstrate a responsible and ethical commitment to reducing the carbon footprint of the industry either through the reduction of emissions or through storage of carbon.

The judging panel will be looking for:

  • How the project fits in to a transition pathway for meeting net zero by 2050
  • Demonstration of how carbon emissions were reduced or that carbon has been stored in the geosphere or biosphere

You must be able to validate the success of your project with proven results.

Effective public engagement is very often the key determinant of the success or failure of any initiative. This award will recognise the year’s best group or individual contribution to raising public awareness across the energy industry, covering internal and external communications with such stakeholders as customers, regulators, employees, shareholders etc.

The award recognises innovative campaigning techniques in the form of social media, reports, journalism, digital campaigns etc., that have contributed to improved understanding and knowledge of industry-wide energy issues.

The judging panel will be looking for:

  • Identification of the issue(s) to be communicated, and the need for the initiative
  • Clarity of planned aims and objectives
  • Deliverability of the initiative
  • Effectiveness of the public engagement programme

You must be able to validate the success of your project with proven results.

The energy industry needs people with the talent, the drive and the passion to help us tackle climate change and meet the needs of the world’s growing population. This award recognises work undertaken to bring new talent into the industry, as well as the provision of continuing professional development schemes for current workforces. It will look for in-house schemes that nurture talent and foster inclusion, the use of innovative learning solutions and collaborations between industry, industry bodies, academia and other partners. Particular emphasis is placed on the requirement for entries to contribute to making the energy sector more diverse, inclusive and reflective of the society it serves. Special consideration will be given to those schemes that invest in future skills for the energy transition.

The judging panel will be looking for:

  • Schemes that promote diversity and inclusion
  • Innovative use of partners and technologies
  • Deliverability of the initiative
  • Clear metrics and results

You must be able to validate the success of your project with proven results.

The EI's Young Professionals Network is delighted to welcome entries for the sixth EI Young Energy Professional of the Year award. Young professionals are the next generation of energy leaders and we want to celebrate your contribution to the industry and reward your innovation, drive to deliver and passion of the younger generation of energy talent. Applications from those with less than five years in the industry are welcome.

The judging panel will be looking for:

  • Career Experience statement:
    In 250-500 words, describe a project from your career, either in your professional career or through working with the local community, where you have either led the activity (as a project manager) or made a significant contribution towards its delivery (as a key team member)
  • Industry Outlook statement:
    In 250-500 words, please share your views on the outlook for the energy industry by answering the following question:
    "What is the single biggest challenge facing the energy industry in the next 20 years?"
    The judging panel will be looking for you to demonstrate your views and feelings about an industry issue, including how you would like to see them addressed and how your future work might contribute towards finding a solution for this challenge.
  • CV
  • Endorsement:
    Please provide a written endorsement of up to 200 words from your employer, client or supervisor. This should include their signature and contact details for verification purposes.

Watch the EI Awards 2020 ceremony

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Features a keynote speech by Minister of State for Business, Energy and Clean Growth, The Rt Hon Kwasi Kwarteng.

Find out more about our 2020 EI Awards winners

Showcasing excellence in energy

The EI Awards have been running for 22 years, designed to celebrate and showcase the vast accomplishments in the energy sector, an industry vital to society. Winning an EI Award provides a prime opportunity to have your achievements officially recognised by a senior panel of energy experts and the wider industry.

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EI Awards judging panel

Entries for the EI Awards are peer-reviewed by an independent panel of respected industry experts.

Stephen Burgin FEI

Chair of the EI Awards judging panel

Stephen Burgin FEI, Director, Offshore Wind Growth Partnership

Steve, an engineer, has worked in the world of energy for over 30 years and has held a number of executive and high level management roles in major international engineering companies. Most recently, Steve led the commercial activities of GE Power in Europe, supplying power plants and transmission systems, and was previously the UK Country President for the Alstom Group supplying projects and equipment for electricity generation, transmission and distribution, and rail transportation.

Liz Warren

Access to Energy

Liz Warren, Director, SE2

Liz is a Director and Co-Founder of SE2, which helps individuals, communities and organisations build their capacity to respond to climate change. She has supported cities and municipalities in developing their Climate Emergency Action Plans, including detailed work supporting stakeholder and community engagement on heat networks, energy efficiency, carbon reduction in schools and tackling fuel poverty. She has conducted research and product development within the commercial sector, focusing on the opportunities for citywide interventions in commercial property and on how digitalisation and smart energy systems can support decarbonisation. Liz is a Director of Frome Renewable Energy Co-op, a Trustee of sustainability education charity SE-ED and an individual member of the Association for Decentralised Energy.

Diana Davidson FEI

Energy Leader

Diana Davidson FEI, Founder, Managing Director, Vertemis

Diana Davidson began her career in the energy industry 21 years ago, when she joined what later became the Energy Institute as a cleantech pioneer. Since then, her teams within the IS and Professional Services industry have digitally transformed built, enterprise and natural environments and won several global awards for delivering ground breaking clean technology programmes - future proofing Government and Corporate objectives by optimising the decarbonisation of Infrastructure, Utilities, Financial Services, Retail, Communities, Transport and Food. Diana became a Chartered Environmentalist Member of the Energy Institute in 2010 and a Fellow in 2019. She is also a Fellow of the Energy Managers Association and the Royal Society of Arts, elected Chair and Treasurer of the Central London Energy Management Group and Managing Director of Vertemis, the cleantech development practice which she founded in 2010.

Lucy Hayes CEnv MEI Chartered Energy Manager

Energy Management

Lucy Hayes CEnv MEI Chartered Energy Manager, Principal Energy Professional, Jacobs

Lucy is an Associate Director in the Carbon and Energy team at Jacobs. She has worked on a variety of infrastructure projects, quantifying and reducing carbon emissions and energy consumption in both the construction and operation phases. She is a Chartered Energy Manager, Chartered Environmentalist and ESOS Lead Assessor and has completed energy and carbon management programmes for various clients including a multinational telecommunications company and a leading UK supermarket chain. She has also worked with Government departments, auditing energy accreditation schemes and undertaking ESOS compliance audits.

Malcolm Brinded CBE FREng FEI


Malcolm Brinded CBE FREng FEI, Past President, Energy Institute

Malcolm Brinded is currently Chair of EngineeringUK, Head Judge of the Royal Academy of Engineering Africa Prize for Innovation and a former President of the Energy Institute. He was a main Board Director of Shell for a decade till 2012, running Exploration and Production then Upstream International, after a long career in Shell working in Brunei, the Netherlands, Oman and the UK, where he ran the upstream (Shell Expro) and was Country Chair in the late 90s till 2001. He has since been a a Non-Exec Director at BHP, Network Rail and CH2M as well as a Prime Minister’s Business Ambassador. He was a long-time Trustee and Chair of the Shell Foundation, which focuses on supporting Access to Energy and Sustainable Mobility solutions in Africa and India. He was made a CBE in 2002.

Ashley Hynds

Health and Safety

Ashley Hynds, Technical Director - Process Safety, WSP UK

Ashley is a Technical Director at WSP, a global engineering consultancy working across multiple sectors, including energy, environment, healthcare and maritime. He is a chemical engineer by training, and his career has included multiple roles in process plant design and operations management for ICI and INEOS, and HM Principal Inspector of Health & Safety within the UK’s Health & Safety Executive, where he has led on Process Safety Leadership and Assurance within the offshore oil and gas sector. He is a Fellow of the Institution of Chemical Engineers, and a registered Professional Process Safety Engineer.

Colette Cohen OBE

Innovative Technologies

Colette Cohen OBE, Chief Executive Officer, Net Zero Technology Centre

Colette Cohen is the Chief Executive Officer for the Net Zero Technology Centre, an organisation committed to the research and development of technology to accelerate the Oil and Gas industry’s transition to an affordable net zero future. Colette has worked in the industry for more than 25 years, both in the UK & Internationally for BP, ConocoPhillips & Centrica E&P, where she was the regional VP for the UK & Netherlands. Colette has a degree in Chemistry from Queens in Belfast, a masters in Project Management & Economics from CERAM in France and an honorary PhD from Aberdeen University. Colette was also awarded the Order of the British Empire by the Queen for services to the Oil and Gas industry.

Roger Humphreville

Low Carbon

Roger Humphreville, Vice President Stakeholder Management, OGCI Climate Investments

As Vice President Stakeholder Management for OGCI Climate Investments, Roger Humphreville is responsible for ensuring all partnerships are backed up with the insight and process needed to make their goals a reality. Prior to joining Climate Investments, Roger worked globally with Amoco and then BP in a variety of technical and management positions in exploration and production, commercial and technology teams. These included Head of the Chief Scientist’s Office, Director of Upstream Technology Integration, Senior Director of Government Affairs and VP, Exploration. Roger holds an M.B.A. and M.Sc. in Geology, and is a Certified Petroleum Geologist.

John Moylan

Public Engagement

John Moylan, Senior Advisor, Stonehaven & former BBC Industry and Employment Correspondent

John is a communications specialist. He leads the media function at the strategic communications consultancy Stonehaven and advises some of Britain's leading businesses on corporate communications. Prior to joining Stonehaven John led the BBC’s coverage of energy, reporting for national news bulletins from nuclear power plants, wind and solar farms, fracking sites and offshore platforms. As the BBC’s Industry & Employment Correspondent, his brief also encompassed major stories including the VW diesel scandal and the crisis in the steel industry, as well as industrial relations and the gig economy. John’s BBC career spanned “Tomorrow’s World”, the dot com boom, the financial crisis and Brexit. He also spent several years in Brussels as the BBC's Europe Business Reporter covering the EU institutions and world trade talks.

Dr. Ibilola Amao FEI

Talent, Development and Learning

Dr. Ibilola Amao FEI, Principal Consultant, Lonadek Global Services, STEM Specialist & Entrepreneur

Dr. Ibilola Amao is the Principal Consultant of Lonadek Global Services, Member of the IP Week Board and a member of the panel of Judges for Royal Academy of Engineering UK Africa Prize. She has over 30 years’ experience in deploying Engineering Technology and Innovations Solutions through Lonadek and their partnerships. Lonadek delivers innovative Human Capital Development Initiatives (HCDIs), has empowerd over 15,000 Engineers since 1991, 100,000 STEM talent since 2006 and 10,000 TECH talent.

Rachel Lee FEI Chartered Energy Manager

Young Energy Professional of the Year

Rachel Lee FEI Chartered Energy Manager, Managing Director, 350 Strategy

Rachel is an electrical engineer by background with around 30 years’ experience in the energy sector ranging from operation and maintenance of industrial utility plant through design and construction of multi-fuel Combined Heat and Power Plant. She has worked for the South Australian Government on peak demand management and held responsibility for the reliability panel of the Australian Electricity Market. Back in the UK she managed a renewables support organisation in the Yorkshire region and has run her own energy and sustainability consultancy for 10 years working on biomass supply chains, wind and solar projects. In 2016 she started on a PhD exploring human behaviour and electric vehicles, seeking to understand how they will be adopted by different social groups, the consequent network impacts and opportunities, and how best to mitigate social inequalities.

Sponsorship opportunities

Recognising achievement, sustainability and innovation

For 21 years the EI Awards celebrated the most outstanding people, products and initiatives from across the global energy sector. The awards attract entries from businesses which make the industry safer, cleaner and more sustainable, and which champion new initiatives in energy to make a real difference to society. The EI Awards is recognised as the energy industry’s most important competition. Showcasing the most ground-breaking work in the energy sector. It provides a platform for the industry to celebrate those businesses and individuals who innovate, communicate and drive up the standards of professionalism within the sector. Aligning your company and brand with this prestigious competition will allow you to share your core values with the industry and to gain recognition for your excellence and leadership. For more information please contact sponsorship@energyinst.org.

What do our sponsors say?

“Shell’s ambition in its sponsorship of [the Safety] Award is to trigger continuous improvement for our industry. We want to encourage unrelenting commitment, unhindered sharing of good practice and deep cross-industry learning to make sure that we travel the road to safety excellence together and that we all return home safely to our loved ones.”

Robin Bryden, Group Behavioural HSSE Manager, Shell

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