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EI Awards

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Missed out on applying or being shortlisted this year? Entries for 2019 are now open! You have until 17 May 2019 to apply.

To apply for the Young Energy Professional of the Year Award click here, and to apply for the Energy Champion award click here.

Book your ticket to the ceremony

Tickets are now on sale for £160 + VAT. This early-bird rate ends on 16 December, book before then to take advantage of the lower rate!

EI Awards 2018 Winners and Shortlisters

Community Initiative

  • Pakistan Poverty Alleviation Fund (PPAF) for Community Managed Solar Energy Mini-Grids System

  • Certas Energy UK for The Cold Weather Priority (CWP) Initiative
  • EDF Energy for The Hinkley Point C Education, Skills and Employment Pipeline
  • London Borough of Hounslow for Making Hounslow schools the greenest in the Country

Energy Champion

  • Eddie Boyd, The Highland Council

Highly Commended:
  • Matthew Barnett, Nexen

  • Ali Rahneshin, Borzouyeh Petrochemical Complex (a subsidiary of Persian Gulf Petrochemical Industries Co.)(PGPIC)
  • Vicky Lamont, Shell UK
  • Nouf M. Aljabri, Saudi Aramco
  • Ibon Ibarrola Armendariz, CLH Aviation Ireland

Energy Management

  • Boots UK for Boots UK – a decade of beating the EnergyCare challenge through a holistic approach to energy management

  • Cofely Besix Facilities Management for Energy Driven Facilities Management
  • Covenant University for My CU – Sustainable Energy Project
  • E.ON and Tesco Stores for Tesco Stores Ltd working with E.ON Control Solutions
  • GEF/UNDP Improving Energy Efficiency Project for GEF/UNDP Improving Energy Efficiency Project for Lighting & Home Appliances
  • Intu Retail Services for Intu long term carbon reduction 2011-2017


  • GSH Group India for GSH and Kaleesuwari: Fuel Switch from Coal to Biomass for Steam Production

  • National Library of Scotland for Safeguarding the collections for current and future generations through the reduction of carbon emissions
  • RJM International for Reducing air pollution in Beijing
  • South Zagros Oil and Gas Production Company for Implementing Flare GAS Reduction System (FGRS) in Farashband Gas Refinery (IRAN)
  • Petroamazonas EP for The Power Generation and Energy Efficiency Program – OGE & EE

Health and Safety

  • Repsol Sinopec Resources UK for Evaluating the effect of shift design on fatigue and alertness

Highly Commended:
  • UK Power Networks for Ramp Trial

  • TAQA for TAQA’s Process Safety Dashboard
  • RPS for Aviation Fuelling Hazardous Area Classification Research Report
  • Saudi Aramco for Predictive Personal Protective Equipment (PPPE) System

Innovative Technology

  • Origami Energy for Energy Technology Platform development
  • Magma Global for m-pipe®

  • SSE for RBI of Wind Turbine Nitrogen Accumulators
  • Imperial College London for Next-Generation High-Efficiency Affordable Hybrid Solar Systems based on a Disruptive Spectral Selectivity Concept
  • OPEX Group for The X-PAS™ Predictive Analysis Service
  • S&P Global Platts for S&P Global Platts deployment of Blockchain for collation of Fujairah oil inventory data

Public Engagement

  • EDF Energy for The Pod

  • Shell UK for Make the Future Live 2017
  • National Grid for Charging Futures
  • Smart Energy GB for Smart Energy Employers campaign
  • The Highland Council for Highland Climate Challenge
  • Smart Villages Research Group for The Smart Villages Initiative

Young Energy Professional of the Year Award

  • Charlie Cook, Octopus Energy

Highly Commended:
  • Rona Mitchell, UK Power Networks

  • Mike Adams, Norwell EDGE
  • Peter Frampton, Elexon
  • Muhammad Imran Khan, University of Reading
22 November, 18.45 – 23.30, Sheraton Grand Park Lane Hotel, London

Host for the 2018 Awards Ceremony

The 2018 award winners were announced by acclaimed broadcaster and professional triathlete, Louise Minchin.

One of the main presenters of BBC Breakfast, Louise has previously anchored news bulletins on BBC 1 and the News Channel. She has also presented sports shows, played a cameo (as herself) in Spooks and managed to get ejected from Hell’s Kitchen – even though she wasn’t a contestant.

After starting out on the Latin American section of the BBC World Service, Louise graduated to helping out the team on Radio 4’s Today programme. She then reported for Radio Berkshire and went on to present numerous slots on Radio 5 Live.

Louise has fronted Channel Five News and their showbiz show, Exclusive. She has also copresented with the likes of Jon Sopel and John Inverdale, shared the Sunday Life sofa with Colin Jackson, and competed in Celebrity MasterChef. She is also the author of Dare to Tri, the story of how an article on cycling for BBC Breakfast led to a passion for the sport, and then an obsession which culminated in her representing Britain at the World Triathlon Championships.

Showcasing excellence in energy

The EI Awards have been running for 20 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.

The winners were revealed at the EI Awards gala dinner and ceremony, which will take place on 22 November at the Sheraton Grand, Park Lane, London. The awards ceremony is the perfect opportunity to entertain your most important clients and make new industry connections, in an exciting evening of celebration, entertainment, and fine-dining.

EI Awards categories

This award is aimed at both energy companies that have instigated projects for the benefit of communities amongst which they work and communities undertaking their own initiatives, to tackle energy issues or draw help and advice from energy companies.

The judging panel will be looking for:

  • Identification of the need and value of the project to the community
  • 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 and go above and beyond a standard CSR activity. 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 the environment or offset carbon emissions. Entrants should demonstrate a responsible and ethical commitment to managing the risks of energy to the environment and reducing the carbon footprint of the industry.

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 exciting area of the energy industry, a frontier where new and better solutions are constantly being devised. This award will recognise the year’s best new innovative technological development or implementation of an existing technology with the power to become a gamechanger/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.

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 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.

EI Awards judging panel

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


Chair of the EI Awards judging panel

Lynda Armstrong OBE FEI, Former Chair of Trustees, British Safety Council

Lynda is a geophysicist by training and worked in Exploration and Production for Shell International for 35 years. She is a Non-Executive Director for Kaz Minerals, DONG Energy, SBM Offshore and CEOC and Chairs the British Safety Council. She was awarded the OBE for services to the UK Oil and Gas Industry and is a Fellow of the Energy Institute.


Community Initiative

Stephen Burgin FEI, Deputy President, The French Chamber

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.


Energy Champion

Dr. Joanne Wade OBE FEI, Director, Association for the Conservation of Energy

Dr Joanne Wade is a sustainable energy expert with 30 years’ experience in energy efficiency and community energy. She is the Chief Executive of the Association for the Conservation of Energy (ACE), a Trustee of the Energy Institute (EI), and Chair of the EI’s Energy Advisory Panel. Her work is currently focused on buildings energy efficiency policy and practice.


Energy Management

James Brittain CEng MEI Chartered Energy Manager, Founding Director and Consultant, The Discovery Mill

James Brittain is an energy, sustainability and behaviour change specialist with over 20 years’ experience of delivering energy savings and performance improvements for many organisations. He understands that biggest savings often come about through combining technical and people solutions across both operational and development teams.

Angela Terry, Founder and CEO, The Climate Alliance


Angela Terry MEI, CEO, One Home

Angela Terry is an Environmental scientist with over 20 years' experience in developing renewable energy projects including wind farms, solar and hydro schemes. She is a pioneer of community renewables in the UK, raising over £15 million for community-owned, clean energy projects including the first wind farm in the SE of England Westmill.

Ashley Hynds, Principal Specialist Inspector - Process Safety - Energy Division – Offshore, HSE

Health and Safety

Ashley Hynds, HM Principal Inspector of Health and Safety – Offshore Process Engineering, Health & Safety Executive

Ashley is a chemical engineer by training, and worked in process plant design and operations for ICI and INEOS for 18 years. He is currently Principal Inspector of Process Engineering for the UK offshore oil and gas sector, within the Health & Safety Executive. A key focus of his role is ensuring that operators have effective systems in place to prevent major losses of hydrocarbon containment, such as occurred at Piper Alpha. He is a Fellow of the Institution of Chemical Engineers, and a registered Professional Process Safety Engineer.


Innovative Technology

Professor John Loughhead OBE CB, Chief Scientific Adviser, the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS)

John’s professional career has been predominantly in industrial research and development for the electronics and electrical power industries, including advanced, high power industrial gas turbines, new energy conversion systems, spacecraft thermal management, electrical and materials development for electricity generation and transmission equipment, and electronic control systems. He has extensive international experience in both industry and academia.


Public Engagement

Penny Fox, Director of Communications, Partnerships and Governance, Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS)

Penny Fox is the Director of Communications and Partnerships at the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy. She leads an award-winning team whose mission is to help ensure that there are great places in every part of the UK for people to work and for businesses to invest, innovate and grow. Penny has worked in communications for 20 years, and for the last 13 in central government.


Young Energy Professional of the Year

Cheryl Hiles FEI, Sector Director of Energy and Environment, Pell Frischmann Consultants

Cheryl’s specialities include transitioning to a smart, sustainable energy system; energy strategy, social enterprise, business development, business planning, sustainable energy policy, advocacy, spatial planning, government liaison, change management, team management & building. Cheryl chairs the Entrepreneurial Women in Renewable Energy network, established by Regen to support the renewable energy sector to harness talent from across the sector.

Sponsorship opportunities

Recognising achievement, sustainability and innovation

For over 18 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.

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
Safety Award Judge, EI Awards 2016

Advertising, Branding and Marketing

* Benefit from a 12-month marketing campaign including online, email, print and face to face
* Target the Energy Institute’s 23,000 individual members and 200 company members
* Increase your outbound reach to an extra 30,000 energy professionals, the EI’s wider energy network
* Demonstrate your support for the industry and its people
* Position your company among exclusive premier industry names, present and past sponsors

EI Awards judging process

* Participate in the EI Awards judging process and help select the winners
* 2 judging panels: Preliminary judging and final panel
* Demonstrate leadership and network with the other judges who form the exclusive panel

EI Awards ceremony

* Network with senior decision makers from the energy industry, government and academia
* Invitation for 2 or 3 key influencers as VIP Guests
* Present your Award category winner with their trophy

The EI is delighted to invite you to become a valued sponsor of the 2018 EI Awards.

If you are interested in sponsorship, or if you have any questions regarding the further benefits of sponsoring the EI Awards, please contact Luigi Fontana, Business Development Manager:

Please contact the sponsorship team
 Sponsorship team

EI Awards Dinner 2017 9 November, Sheraton Grand Hotel, Park Lane, London

The winners of the 2017 EI Awards competition were announced on 9 November at the Sheraton Grand Park Lane Hotel in London in front of an audience of hundreds of industry leaders. The celebrations, which included a formal dinner in recognition of all of those shortlisted, were hosted by former England Rugby star and A Question of Sport team captain, Matt Dawson MBE.

Photos of the event » 2017 winners  »