Ghana Energy Awards invites nominations for 6th Awards in Nov.

After organizing five successful awards programmes to recognize players in the Energy sector, initiators of the scheme, the Energy Media Group (EMG), is calling for nominations for the 2022 Ghana Energy Awards (GEA) event for this year.

Energy Media Group, in partnership with GP Business Consulting, made the announcement when it launched the annual event in Accra. The Awards Scheme is basically to recognize the excellence as well as innovations by players in the energy sector.

Nominations for the 6th edition, which is themed “Global Decarbonization: A just and equitable energy transition in Ghana,” is opened from July 14 to October 18, 2022.

The 2022 GEA has also introduced some five new categories, namely Visionary Leadership Awards, Eco-Innovation Business Awards and Outstanding Energy Management Awards, Novel Deployment of RE Technology Awards and Sustainable Energy Partnership of the Year.

Put together, the awards will feature a total of 23 categories: 19 competitive and four non-competitive, including the Energy Personality of the Year (Male and Female), CEO of the Year (Power and Petroleum), Energy Institution of the Year, Brand of the Year, Rising Star Award, Energy Think-Tank of the Year, Innovation Project of the Year, Excellence in Power Generation, Women in Energy Award, Lifetime Achievement Award, among others.

The theme for this year’s event, according to Chairman of the Awarding Panel, Kwame Jantuah, was greatly influenced by the extraordinary days and times the world is in now, as well as President Akufo-Addo’s presentation at the COP26 where he strongly argued that “We’ll combat climate change but we’ll protect Ghana’s development”.

According to the Energy Consultant, the job of the panel is to “assess how our nominees have struck the delicate balance between Climate Change, Pollution of the Environment and Energy Transition vis-à-vis their normal operations whether these changes will continue to protect and expand the country’s development or their quest to achieve this balance through their operations will or has acted negatively on the county’s development”.

The Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of EMG and the Event Director of the GEA, Ing. Henry Teinor, in a brief welcome address noted that the ceremony was to unveil the theme for this year’s event and officially open nominations for all players in the country’s energy sector to participate in various categories of the awards.

He said “As the custom of the awards initiative was, the theme for the Ghana Energy Awards for every year is a reflection of the most topical discourse in the energy sector in Ghana, with a global focus. This is what we have endeavoured to achieve with the theme for this year also”.

Ing Teinor continued that this year, “the Awards Secretariat and the Awarding Panel, in response to the Energy Minister’s request to be part of the theme selection process, engaged the sector Ministry to have the theme aligned to the country’s position on the ongoing discussion on the country’s energy transition”.

According to him, the theme is also in line with the launch of the Ministry’s Ghana Energy Transition Policy by the sector Minister Dr Matthew Opoku-Prempeh.

Speaking on behalf of the Minister of Energy, Deputy Director of Power, Ministry of Energy, Dr Robert Sogbadji, described the theme as apt, noting it adds to the Ministry’s move as it will help to push the execution of the country’s energy transition.

To facilitate this course, he said, the Energy Transition Committee has been set up, adding that the Ministry is committed and will support the GEA initiative.

As part of the 2022 event, a series of activities have been outlined ahead of the main event in November.

Some of these programmes are the Energy Personalities Outreach Programme, where the apex award winners get the opportunity to interact with students of selected second cycle institutions; Courtesy Calls on industry partners, Site Visitation to nominees’ projects sites, among others.

Industry partners for the GEA 2022 include the Volta River Authority, Bui Power Authority, Ghana Gas, Meinergy Technology, Sunon Asogli Power, GOIL, Energy Commission, COPEC Ghana and Hendan Transport & Logistics.