EI Awards

Celebrating Excellence in Energy

24 November 2022, 18:45 - 23:30
The Sheraton Grand Hotel, London

The EI Awards have been running for 23 years, designed to celebrate and showcase the vast accomplishments in the energy sector, an industry vital to society.

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Thank you to Steph McGovern our 2022 EI Awards host

Award-winning journalist and broadcaster Steph McGovern is the presenter of the eponymous Steph's Packed Lunch, Channel 4’s daily live lunchtime show. Steph is also one of the hosts of Have I Got News For You on BBC One and regularly appears on TV and radio panel shows.

Prior to this, Steph worked in financial journalism for over 15 years and spent 8 years on BBC Breakfast, travelling all over the UK to cover economic news and broadcast live from over 500 businesses.

Whether speaking to factory workers or FTSE 100 CEOs, Steph’s mission was to uncover and explain the real economy. This is something she has continued in her Channel 4 show, with regular features such as her Small Business Market and Job Clinic.

Originally from Middlesbrough, Steph started as an apprentice engineer at Black & Decker where, aged 19, she won the title of Young Engineer for Britain before studying at University College London.

EI Awards

Entry is free and you may enter into as many different categories as you want, as long as each entry is for a different project.

Please note that the judges will select up to two entries from the same organisation for each category. If your organisation has submitted more than two different entries per category, you will be contacted to check which ones you would like to be considered.

Young Energy Professional of the Year 2022 winner

Guilherme Castro, Energy & Utilities at Dataiku

"Since I changed my career to the energy sector, I have always been motivated by the positive impact I can promote in my peers' journeys. And I am proud of the results I achieved throughout 2022, leading the YPN in London and representing other young professionals in events, COP26 and roundtables. I am honoured to be selected as the Young Professional of the year, which is a reassuring recognition of making the right choice! I also know it wouldn't have been possible without a stellar team dedicated to empowering the new generation who will soon lead our sector."

Environment 2022 winner

Capturing and converting methane: From gas fields to farms, Qnergy

“2022 was a transformative year for Qnergy. In this year Qnergy doubled the number of installations for our methane abatement solutions. We are grateful and very proud to receive the prestigious Energy Institute’s Environment Award as we continue to grow the company, increase the methane abatement capacity of our products to help our clients achieve net zero methane emissions." — Ory Zik, Ph.D., CEO, Qnergy

Energy Management 2022 winner

Sustainable banknote printing: Successes for CCL Secure's sustainability journey, CCL Secure UK, Verco

"Since 2018, CCL Secure’s Wigton site in the UK has gone to great efforts to manage energy and reduce usage, achieving a 26 per cent reduction in CO2 emissions, 31 per cent reduction in energy consumption and 40 per cent reduction in water usage per tonne of product.

With the support of sustainability consultants Verco, the results have been achieved with a multi-point approach. A rigorous aM&T (automatic monitoring and targeting) system, developed by CCL Secure’s engineering team, maximises efficiency through the reduction of baseload energy. There has been on-site optimisation and smart scheduling of steam, gas and electricity usage, as well as LED lighting, heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems (HVAC).

We are thrilled to receive the Energy Management Award. This award recognises our efforts on our sustainability journey, paving the way to improving our processes further. This achievement is testimony to our hard work and commitment to increasing the sustainability of our manufacturing operations, alongside our products."

Innovative Technologies 2022 winner

Supercharging solar with perovskite photovoltaics, Oxford PV

"Oxford PV, a leader in the field of perovskite solar photovoltaics, is proud to be named a winner of the Innovative Technology category at the 23rd Energy Institute (EI) Awards.

The awards recognise individuals and companies making a significant impact on the industry and its goals, including the net-zero transition. Oxford PV has won the accolade for making demonstrable advances in perovskite photovoltaics.

The company layers perovskite on top of a standard solar cell to generate at least 20% more energy than conventional solar cells today.

Oxford PV CEO Frank Averdung said: “Our perovskite-on-silicon solar cells represent a major advance in solar photovoltaics and provide a key to cheaper and more efficient solar power. We are proud to receive this award and to be recognised as a gamechanger in the energy sector. Above all, we are proud of our team for their dedication in getting us to where we are.”

Chris Case, Oxford PV CTO, said: “Our technology has set world records for solar energy conversion and we have refined it to be the best next technology for solar PV. We look forward to bringing our high-efficiency solar cells to market.”

Oxford PV has refined its two-terminal perovskite-on-silicon technology with efficiencies beyond 27%. It will begin volume manufacturing its solar cells at its site in Brandenburg an der Havel, Germany in 2023."

Low Carbon 2022 winner

room2 Chiswick, Lamington Group

"2022 saw many milestones for Lamington Group, including opening the World's First Whole Life Net Zero Ho(me)tel - room2 Chiswick. room2 Chiswick aligns to the UKGBC's framework for net zero buildings and measures, reduces and offsets the embodied and operational carbon from the building. Winning the Energy Institute's Low Carbon award has been a testament to our team's outstanding work and shows that we are leading the industry into a more sustainable future."

Public Engagement 2022 winner

Digging up Leicester Square, UK Power Networks

"More than 250,000 people visit Leicester Square daily and we worked with the Heart of London Business Alliance (HOLBA), the Society of London Theatre, and Westminster City Council to help ensure business and tourism could continue to thrive during the work.

Innovative ways of working saw our company use a ‘megalift’ self-loading trailer for the first time to reduce each new transformer’s delivery time by four weeks and we also worked closely with local business and community groups to offer them unprecedented insights into the project’s progress.

Our site had interactive hoardings, selfie spots, online video updates, and hosted underground tours for about 150 visitors. We also had a youth training scheme run by the project team to help lift 16–19-year-olds and their families out of fuel poverty towards the national Levelling Up agenda.

We are enormously proud and honoured to have our inspirational work recognised by the Energy Institute judging panel. From the outset, we decided to dedicate a lot of time and effort to engaging with the community and stakeholders of Leicester Square, recognising that it would be key to the success of the project."

Access to Energy 2022 winner

Nigeria Sunshot Project, Husk Power Systems

"Access to energy is a fundamental human right, and Husk Power's mission is to lead in eradicating energy poverty and powering prosperity. Our Nigeria team is at the forefront of this effort, and the Sunshot Initiative launched in 2021 is already benefiting the lives of 50,000 people with community solar microgrids and has a goal of impacting 2 million with 500 minigrids by 2026. This is a story of rural economic growth, raising incomes and unlocking human potential.

The team's success in receiving the EI Access to energy award demonstrates that we are on the right track with this initiative, not just by supplying light bulbs to houses and electrifying communities, but also by scaling up and extending our capacity to provide safe, inexpensive, and environmentally friendly electricity to local eco knows, all while positively benefiting their local economies."

2022 Shortlisters

Access to Energy

Nigeria Sunshot Project
Husk Power Systems

Husk Power Systems aim to provide reliable, sustainable and clean energy to the rural communities of Nigeria, and generate more jobs. The project benefitted 25,000 people, through electricity provision and via sales of energy-efficient appliances. They've raised the socio-economic status of the communities and the project had a positive impact on the environment.

All On Partnerships For Energy Access
All On Partnerships For Energy Access

All On Partnerships for Energy Access are facilitating the meeting of Nigeria's energy access challenges via investments and financially sustainable means. They are capacity building among local players in the Nigerian off-grid ecosystem and supporting the development of new use-case and business models within the energy access space in Nigeria. Furthermore, they're facilitating the provision of hundreds of thousands of energy access connections within Nigeria within a set time frame.

Promoting Citizen's Access to Clean Energy Solutions in Nigeria
Clean Technology Hub

Clean Technology Hub aims to drive the energy transition and economically empower women through clean energy and DRE solutions. They are building awareness of clean energy technologies, especially Pico Solar and Solar Home Systems and empower potential and existing MSMEs, women traders, and businesses on the use of decentralized renewable energy solutions.

Nigeria Sunshot Project
Husk Power Systems

Husk Power Systems aim to provide reliable, sustainable and clean energy to the rural communities of Nigeria, and generate more jobs. The project benefitted 25,000 people, through electricity provision and via sales of energy-efficient appliances. They've raised the socio-economic status of the communities and the project had a positive impact on the environment.

Energy Leader

Omar Farouk Ibrahim, African Petroleum Producers Organization

Omar Farouk has been able to stair up Oil and Gas regional projects across the continent and selected regional training centres to develop human capacity to support exploration and production in the face of energy transition, aided collaboration among African Oil and Gas producers countries and also their National Oil Companies.

Mukabanji Mutanuka, Engie Power Corner Zambia

Mukabanji is among the few female professionals who bring a wealth of experience in respect of design, resource mobilization, financial close and implementation of off-grid innovations across Zambia. She is performance-driven and has proven success in negotiating with governments and continues to be instrumental in policy discussions for renewables.

Abdulaziz Al-Qasim, Saudi Aramco

Dr Al-Qasim is an outstanding energy leader. He's a key member of the Kingdom's first CCUS Project and the champion of monitoring and surveillance technologies. He contributed significantly to the upstream hydrogen technologies initiative. He's been named a trailblazer, and the recipient of several national and international prestigious awards.

Rinaldo Brutoco, H2 Clipper, Inc.

Rinaldo is an Energy Champion because of his lifelong, unwavering leadership in advancing corporate social responsibility and the global hydrogen economy, as well as for his innovation in hydrogen transportation to deliver green hydrogen from remote areas where hydrogen can be most inexpensively produced to places where it's most needed.

Omar Farouk Ibrahim, African Petroleum Producers Organization

Omar Farouk has been able to stair up Oil and Gas regional projects across the continent and selected regional training centres to develop human capacity to support exploration and production in the face of energy transition, aided collaboration among African Oil and Gas producers countries and also their National Oil Companies.

Mukabanji Mutanuka, Engie Power Corner Zambia

Mukabanji is among the few female professionals who bring a wealth of experience in respect of design, resource mobilization, financial close and implementation of off-grid innovations across Zambia. She is performance-driven and has proven success in negotiating with governments and continues to be instrumental in policy discussions for renewables.

Bobo Ng, North East Local Enterprise Partnership

An innovator and renowned expert in geothermal energy. Bobo has pioneered the sustainable use of mine-water energy using advanced heat-pump technologies and is also leading new government strategy on deep geothermal energy to meet de-carbonisation targets. In wider roles, she has actively championed the industry to new entrants, particularly women.

Rebekah Shirley, World Resources Institute

I have focused on energy, youth, and skills for the past five years. I have now published the continent's most widely cited reports on jobs creation, the energy access jobs census in 2020 and the clean cooking jobs census of 2021. I designed and launched the continent's first full Master's in Sustainable Energy Transitions with Strathmore University in Kenya. It is comprised of technical rigour and components tailored to giving students real-world exposure to energy issues, industry, and practitioners, and to support them after graduation through a strong recruitment pipeline. I created and teach the only energy systems course focused entirely on African case studies, with local site visits and speakers. It is two years running now and consistently ranks as one of CMU Africa's most popular courses.

Finally, and most recently, in my new role as Director of Research for Africa at the World Resources Institute, I have extended this focus on engagement with youth.

Energy Management

Sustainable banknote printing: Successes for CCL Secure's sustainability journey
CCL Secure UK, Verco

CCL Secure UK aim to provide the most sustainable banknote to central banks. Our sustainability project has already achieved a reduction of 26% in CO2 emissions, 31% in energy and 40% in water per tonne of product vs. the 2018 baseline, whilst adding to the bottom line and engaging the value chain.

Sustainable banknote printing: Successes for CCL Secure's sustainability journey
CCL Secure UK, Verco

CCL Secure UK aim to provide the most sustainable banknote to central banks. Our sustainability project has already achieved a reduction of 26% in CO2 emissions, 31% in energy and 40% in water per tonne of product vs. the 2018 baseline, whilst adding to the bottom line and engaging the value chain.

Energy Task Force on a mission
Klockner Pentaplast

Ambitious Investing in Better strategy progressing; reduced energy use; reduced operational carbon emissions; and new on-site renewable generation expanding. Over 100 energy efficiency and renewable projects are being implemented annually across different technology types.

Green Presidency Initiative of the President of Pakistan
President's Secretariat

Owing to the ever-increasing energy shortfall, high energy cost, and huge budgetary deficit in Pakistan, it was the broad vision of the Hon'ble President of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan, Dr Arif Alvi to curtail President's Secretariat Energy Usage and shift it to a renewable energy source and be the torch barrier for rest of the public buildings. The successful execution of Green Presidency Projects has crowed Pakistan's Presidency as 1st ever ISO-50001 certified Presidential Palace of the World by curtailment of 40% energy while powering remaining needs by an in-house 1MW Solar Power Plant. Savings from Green Presidency Initiative so far are equivalent to 4,921,391 KWh worth PKR. 103.3 million (0.5 million USD).

Environment

Capturing and converting methane: From gas fields to farms
Qnergy

A stumbling block to abating >360 MMT/yr of methane has been the lack of technology scaling down to the small, highly distributed, amounts of methane released by millions of farms, energy fields, landfills, and wastewater sites.  Qnergy's proven solution solves for this need for the energy, agriculture, and waste industries.

Capturing and converting methane: From gas fields to farms
Qnergy

A stumbling block to abating >360 MMT/yr of methane has been the lack of technology scaling down to the small, highly distributed, amounts of methane released by millions of farms, energy fields, landfills, and wastewater sites.  Qnergy's proven solution solves for this need for the energy, agriculture, and waste industries.

Unconventional Waste & Flare Gas Recovery System in Circular Economy
RTPD, Saudi Aramco

The strategic action plan was aligned with environmental sustainability and circular economy, to recover all of the routine flarings. The patented FGRS is scalable and deployable within Aramco and worldwide to help in reducing the global carbon footprint. The system operates without any energy-consuming or rotating equipment.

Zero Liquid Discharge (ZLD) Produced Water Management Project
Saudi Aramco

Zero liquid discharge (ZLD) water management project desalinates hypersaline produced water by transforming its ionic properties and promotes produced water recycle/reuse and circular water economy in the energy industry. This breakthrough technology also enables zero wastewater disposal to the environment thereby significantly contributing to sustainability.

Health and Safety

SafeLife  Contractor Health, Safety and Environmental Oversight Platform
Saudi Aramco

The objective of SafeLife was to standardise contractor incident reporting, investigations, competency, risk management practices, leadership engagements and contractor compliance through structured inspections and audits and utilise the captured data to obtain early warning alerts of potential incidents at specific contractor rig locations. SafeLife deployment resulted in the early warning of a broad array of potential contractor incidents and facilitated targeted interventions to prevent incidents leading to improved contractor safety and reduced incidents.

Process Safety Audit
Harness UK Ltd

The aim of the audit tool is to Identify gaps in an organisation's process safety management system by identifying areas requiring improvement. This will help ensure safe operations and protection of the environment enabling organisations to meet their fiscal targets.  It can help benchmark organisations and identify.

SafeLife  Contractor Health, Safety and Environmental Oversight Platform
Saudi Aramco

The objective of SafeLife was to standardise contractor incident reporting, investigations, competency, risk management practices, leadership engagements and contractor compliance through structured inspections and audits and utilise the captured data to obtain early warning alerts of potential incidents at specific contractor rig locations. SafeLife deployment resulted in the early warning of a broad array of potential contractor incidents and facilitated targeted interventions to prevent incidents leading to improved contractor safety and reduced incidents.

TAQA Life: connecting people through the pandemic and beyond
TAQA

TAQA Life is a staff-led forum where colleagues engage with one another to provide mutual well-being support and advice.
It was the glue which held TAQA people together as a workforce community throughout the pandemic and, with 85% of personnel engaged, it is now embedded in the organisation's wellbeing culture.

Innovative Technology

Supercharging solar with perovskite photovoltaics
Oxford PV

A new material developed by Oxford PV will enable homes and businesses to produce more energy from the sun. This sustainable, low-cost material perovskite dramatically improves the performance of solar panels to further lower the cost of solar, reduce land use, and accelerate the clean energy transition.

DarkVision, HADES High-Resolution Acoustic Imaging Platform
DarkVision Technologies Inc

DarkVision's HADES high-resolution acoustic imaging platform delivers exceptionally detailed 3D images and measurements of downhole well perforations, connections, casing damage, FCDs, wall thickness, and wellbore restrictions at submillimeter resolutions regardless of fluid clarity. Well operators are overcoming challenging well integrity issues, increasing completions performance, and ultimately saving time and money.

Using C02 for long-duration energy storage
Energy Dome

The C02 battery is the first commercial long-duration energy storage technology offering a reliable, less expensive alternative to lithium-based storage. Its launch in June 2022 proved the company's process using off-the-shelf equipment, available from a globally established supply chain, enabling rapid deployment of the CO2 Battery anywhere in the world.

Octopus Fan Club. Transforming cheaper, local energy generation through technology
Octopus Energy

Octopus Energy wanted to prove that the closer you are to where energy is generated, the cheaper and greener your energy should be. Their pioneering and rapidly-expanding Fan Club has done just that, connecting customers with local turbines for 30% lower bills, attracting 5000 communities wanting their own Fans, and more.

Supercharging solar with perovskite photovoltaics
Oxford PV

A new material developed by Oxford PV will enable homes and businesses to produce more energy from the sun. This sustainable, low-cost material perovskite dramatically improves the performance of solar panels to further lower the cost of solar, reduce land use, and accelerate the clean energy transition.

Revolutionary Blowout Stopper for Extreme Well Intervention Operations
Saudi Aramco & Kinetic Pressure Control

A blowout stopper (first worldwide) that is electrically initiated, performs the critical function of shearing and sealing during drilling, completions and intervention operations in case of any blowout incident. This revolutionary BOP is designed to shear anything above the bit and seal instantly even after full flow has been established.

Low Carbon

room2 Chiswick
Lamington Group

In December 2021, Lamington Group acted on their commitment and opened room2 Chiswick, the world's first whole-life net-zero hotel. The building is certified BREEAM Excellent, is predicted to achieve gold for Green Tourism and is forecasted to be 89% more energy efficient than a typical UK hotel due to the depth of technology onsite, a remarkable feat of engineering and attention to energy performance, and above best practice building fabrics and air permeability. 

Sustainability has been incorporated into all decision-making throughout the business. The MD has motivated and inspired a shift to put sustainability first across the whole organisation. A gamified system has been developed with monetary incentives for employees to make and deliver sustainable decisions in the business, as well as personally.

room2 Chiswick
Lamington Group

In December 2021, Lamington Group acted on their commitment and opened room2 Chiswick, the world's first whole-life net-zero hotel. The building is certified BREEAM Excellent, is predicted to achieve gold for Green Tourism and is forecasted to be 89% more energy efficient than a typical UK hotel due to the depth of technology onsite, a remarkable feat of engineering and attention to energy performance, and above best practice building fabrics and air permeability. 

Sustainability has been incorporated into all decision-making throughout the business. The MD has motivated and inspired a shift to put sustainability first across the whole organisation. A gamified system has been developed with monetary incentives for employees to make and deliver sustainable decisions in the business, as well as personally.

Creating The World's Largest Carbon Capture and Utilization Plant
Ministry of Energy

SABIC has built the world's largest purification plant that opened in 2015 at United, a SABIC affiliate. The plant can capture up to 500,000 metric tons of CO2 per year from the production plant that would otherwise be emitted into the atmosphere, converting it into feedstock for industrial processes.

Decarbonization of Saudi Aramco Non-associated Gas Facilities
Saudi Aramco

This achievement provides insights into how engineering control solutions confront climate change with low cost of implementation and utilizing low carbon intensity technology. The initiative has eliminated the continuous flaring of 9,500 tons of CO2e annually to the environment, which is equivalent to the plantation of 1.3 million trees.

SP Energy Networks - Leading the journey to Net Zero
SP Energy Networks

Alongside a 32% carbon footprint reduction in 2020/21, SPEN delivers pioneering projects, playing a vital role in the energy system transition. It will invest £4.8bn in its distribution network by 2028, delivering an additional 5GW low carbon electricity generation connected, underpinned by a commitment to achieve Net Zero by 2035.

The EV Fleet-Centred Local Energy Systems (EFLES) Project
UK Power Networks Services

The EFLES project in Kentish Town - an Innovate UK-funded collaboration between UPS, UK Power Networks Services, Moixa, and Cross River Partnership has laid the industry-leading groundwork that will help UPS, a global leader in logistics, introduce up to 10,000 electric delivery vehicles across their global delivery fleet.

Public Engagement

Digging up Leicester Square
UK Power Networks

To upgrade Theatreland's power supply in iconic Leicester Square, next-level public communication was key. UK Power Networks' team spared no effort in designing interactive hoardings, creating social media and collaborative video bulletins to tell the story and keep people in the picture.

Future Energy Leaders Program
Infinity Energy

The main aim of the program is to spread awareness about sustainability and renewable energy technologies. The impact of this program is to help develop skills in high school students and enable them to understand the fundamentals of the energy industry as a whole. The main benefit of this program is to develop the next generation of young leaders to help lead the energy industry.

A career of public engagement to empower and enable
Renewco Power Ltd


"I'm extremely fortunate to have a unique insight across decarbonisation from delivery, to research, to teaching, to financing etc. Throughout my career, I have spent hundreds of hours of my free time giving some of that insight back to the public, in various forms (social media, books, my website, papers and charity work). My aim is to help others deliver their own projects, engage with our industry and understand it better." - Andrew Crossland, Renewco Power Ltd.

The Ripple Effect
Ripple Energy

As a start-up, our marketing campaign supercharged our business growth. We smashed all our KPIs to achieve over a 300% increase in membership. Bringing clean energy ownership to the mainstream and bill savings to 1000s at a time when prices are skyrocketing.

Digging up Leicester Square
UK Power Networks

To upgrade Theatreland's power supply in iconic Leicester Square, next-level public communication was key. UK Power Networks' team spared no effort in designing interactive hoardings, creating social media and collaborative video bulletins to tell the story and keep people in the picture.

Net Zero Needs Nuclear at COP26
Young Generation Network

Uniting international youth nuclear energy groups under a single message of Net Zero Needs Nuclear, the Volunteer YGN Team led an effective public engagement campaign ahead of COP26. With an international reach and national media coverage, it succeeded in positively influencing public opinion and increasing engagement across multiple communication channels.

Talent, Development, and Learning

TNB Reskilling Malaysia Programme
TNB Integrated Learning Solution - TNB ILSAS

TNB Reskilling Malaysia is a programme that shows the manifestation of TNB's core value (mindfulness). This programme provided a platform to assist both Malaysian employees and employers to overcome the devastating effects of Covid-19. Furthermore, it shows TNB is highly committed to supporting Malaysia's government exit strategy initiative under National Recovery Plan.

NZTC STEM initiatives
Net Zero Technology Centre

The aim of Net Zero Technology Centre's STEM initiatives is to help young people understand the energy transition and discover the diverse and exciting careers available in the energy sector.

Building a Transformative Well Integrity Training Programme through Industry Collaboration
Norwell EDGE

This innovative collaboration had one core aim to improve the industry's approach to Well Integrity to safeguard the safety and meet regulatory requirements. Through mutual respect, they combined deep subject matter expertise, with the latest digital training techniques to create a world-leading, affordable, and accessible solution.

TNB Reskilling Malaysia Programme
TNB Integrated Learning Solution - TNB ILSAS

TNB Reskilling Malaysia is a programme that shows the manifestation of TNB's core value (mindfulness). This programme provided a platform to assist both Malaysian employees and employers to overcome the devastating effects of Covid-19. Furthermore, it shows TNB is highly committed to supporting Malaysia's government exit strategy initiative under National Recovery Plan.

Education in action The Leadership Academy
UK Power Networks

UK Power Networks launched an industry-first '˜Leadership Academy, efficiently using c£500,000 of Apprenticeship Levy to upskill middle managers. With the first 130 of 600 graduating in September, every line manager gets a professional qualification, readying the workforce for future challenges. Few would expect such career development from a utility.

Young Energy Professional of the Year

Guilherme Castro, Energy & Utilities at Dataiku

Whether directly leading 13 young energy professionals or impacting thousands through my work, I am confident of my distinctive contribution to our industry's positive transformation. I have a proven track record as an innovative professional, creating impactful projects for companies and teams I have been part of in my career.

Ramy El Adli, Infinity Energy

I believe that Ramy has gone to great lengths to have a great impact on a developing nation to help them understand the importance of sustainability and the role of renewable energy technologies in their future.

Manesha Thiyaga Rajan, Petronas

Manesha has consistently showcased her enthusiasm for digital innovation and energy sustainability while tackling challenges in both professional and volunteer settings. Her dedication to helping underprivileged communities and her sharp technical skills as an energy engineer is commendable and worthy of this award.

Guilherme Castro, Energy & Utilities at Dataiku

Whether directly leading 13 young energy professionals or impacting thousands through my work, I am confident of my distinctive contribution to our industry's positive transformation. I have a proven track record as an innovative professional, creating impactful projects for companies and teams I have been part of in my career.

Manuel Cortés Moreno, Costain

Through project managing feasibility studies on the HyValue project, I've had the opportunity to use my technical engineering background and Master studies to influence decision-makers, helping them reach net zero targets. I'm also passionate about inspiring the next generations to play a key role in driving a more sustainable future.

Ramy El Adli, Infinity Energy

I believe that Ramy has gone to great lengths to have a great impact on a developing nation to help them understand the importance of sustainability and the role of renewable energy technologies in their future.

Juan Frias, OWC

Juan plays a role model as the ambassador for renewable energy within the business group. He is dedicated to promoting decarbonisation for the energy industry and supporting local communities to achieve energy transitions with his professional knowledge, passion and skillsets.

Abel Gaiya, Clean Technology Hub

Abel possesses an ambitious vision for the clean energy sector and has taken a lot of initiative on new projects. He deserves the award, not only to recognize his character and passion but also as encouragement and means of exposure for him to broaden his vision and efforts.

Manesha Thiyaga Rajan, Petronas

Manesha has consistently showcased her enthusiasm for digital innovation and energy sustainability while tackling challenges in both professional and volunteer settings. Her dedication to helping underprivileged communities and her sharp technical skills as an energy engineer is commendable and worthy of this award.

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.

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Chair of the EI Awards judging panel

Dame Angela Strank DSc FRS FREng FIChemE FEI, Non-Executive Board Director of Rolls Royce plc, SSE plc and Mondi plc

Dame Angela Strank is a Non-Executive Board Director of Rolls Royce Holdings plc, SSE plc and Mondi plc. From 2014 - April 2022 she was also a Non-Executive Director of Severn Trent Water plc. Angela chairs the Safety, Ethics and Sustainability Board Sub-Committee at Rolls Royce, the Remuneration Committee at Mondi and she was the former chair of the Corporate Sustainability Committee at Severn Trent.

Angela has had a long and distinguished 38 year career in the energy industry, working in many countries around the world. Having joined BP in 1982 as a geologist in exploration she has held a wide range of technical and commercial leadership roles across upstream and downstream including Chief Financial Officer Castrol (Americas), BP/Statoil Alliance Manager Nigeria, Business Development Manager Angola, Technology Vice President, and Head of the bp Group Chief Executive’s Office.

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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.

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Energy Leader

Diana Davidson FEI, Founder, Managing Director, Vertemis

Diana Davidson began her career in the energy industry 22 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.

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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.

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Environment

Georgina Phillips, Environment Senior Manager, EDF

Georgina is an Environmental Scientist with over 20 years of experience in a wide variety of sectors. Having started her career in environmental permit compliance for pharmaceuticals, she then moved into industrial permitting as a Regulator at Leeds City Council. She then went on to an 8-year career in environmental consultancy, specialising in industrial permitting, EMS development and implementation, and environmental auditing, before moving to in-house environmental management at The Cooperative Group.

In her current role at EDF, Georgina is responsible for cross-company environment and energy compliance, working with the nuclear and coal power stations, new nuclear construction projects, and Customers and Corporate business. Georgina is a member of the Energy Institute Environmental Management Group.

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Health and Safety

Scott Templeton, HM Principal Inspector Health & Safety, Health & Safety Executive

Scott is a chartered chemical engineer with over 20-years’ experience working in the oil and gas industry across a range of organisations including consultancies, operators and the regulator.  His roles in that time have ranged from process design, offshore rotations and operations management with international operators.

Currently, he is HM Principal Inspector of Health & Safety within the Health & Safety Executive where he has responsibility for regulation of the UKCS basin focusing on all aspects of process engineering and process safety.

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Innovative Technologies

Adrien Lebrun CEng MEI, Head of Asset Investments at Dare

Adrien is Head of Asset Investments at Dare and is responsible for building Dare’s renewables business – investing in battery and renewable assets. He has worked in energy storage for over six years and has extensive experience across the energy industry working to identify, design and deliver technologies that reduce energy consumption and carbon emissions around the world.

Adrien is a Chartered Engineer, guest lecturer at Imperial College and a member of the Energy Institute’s Energy Advisory Panel.

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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.

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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.

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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 its partnerships. Lonadek delivers innovative Human Capital Development Initiatives (HCDIs), has empowered over 15,000 Engineers since 1991, 100,000 STEM talent since 2006 and 10,000 TECH talent.

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Young Energy Professional of the Year

Dr Rachel Lee FEI CEng, Chartered Energy Manager, BEIS

Rachel is an electrical engineer by background with over 30 years’ experience in the energy sector ranging from operation and maintenance of industrial utility plant through design and construction of combined heat and power and renewables 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 2021, she completed 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. Rachel now works for the Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy working on clean heat policy.

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For 23 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 that 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 gain recognition for your excellence and leadership. For more information please contact sponsorship@energyinst.org.

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“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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