Organisers of Ghana Energy Awards, Energy Media Group (EMG), has launched this year’s edition of the prestigious energy awards.
This year’s event, which is the sixth edition, is scheduled for November 25.
The Ghana Energy Awards (GEA) recognises the remarkable efforts of individuals, institutions and companies in the energy sector.
With 23 categories including five new ones and non-competitive awards, nominations for the GEA 2022 awards opened on July 14, this year, with October 18 as the deadline.
This year’s GEA event is on the theme: ‘Global decarbonisation: a just and equitable energy transition in Ghana’, and at a brief media launch at Challenge House in Accra, Ghana’s capital, the Chairman for the Awarding Panel, Kwame Jantuah, explained that the theme was chosen to fit the world’s events and that of Ghana’s President, Akuffo-Addo, at the COP26 where he indicated that though Ghana would protect its development, it would combat climate change.
He continued that the last part of the President’s statement to the world that a balance must be struck and maintained between social, environmental and economic importance is the heart of this year’s theme.
“Let me indicate, again, that the theme was chosen in line with the Ministry of Energy’s launch of Ghana’s Energy Transition Policy by the Minister for Energy, Dr Matthew Opoku Prempeh,” he added.
Given these, Lawyer Jantuah said the Awarding Panel would assess how the nominees would strike the delicate ratio between climate change, environmental pollution and energy transition about their normal operations and whether these changes would continue to preserve and expand the country’s development, or their quest to achieve the balance through their operations would or had act or acted negatively on the country’s development.
“It is, therefore, important that nominees recognise their efforts that can positively contribute to Ghana’s transition. As this year’s theme seeks to generate answers to the challenges faced in the sector, we are convinced that as always, our companies in the industry will live up to expectations as they have always done with the Ghana Energy Awards,” Kwame Jantuah said, promising that the 2022 GEA would be better than last year’s.
On behalf of the Energy Minister, Dr Robert Sogbadji, Deputy Director of Power, expressed the Minister’s support for the event and especially the theme, explaining that Ghana is transiting at its own pace.
The Government of Ghana, through the sector Ministry, he said is aware that as a country and Africa, they need to develop its strategy for the transition.
This, Dr. Sogbadji said Ghana would do by taking into account a situation that can put its economy into a position of stranded assets which can affect revenue, production of electricity in the short-to-medium and other anticipated challenges.
Ing Henry Teinor, the GEA Event Director, earlier in his welcome address, said the theme for this year’s event was a reflection of the most topical discourse in the energy sector in Ghana, with a global focus.
It is in line with the theme that the Visionary Leadership Award, Eco-Innovation Business Award, Outstanding Energy Management Award, Novel Development of RE Technology Award and Sustainable Energy Partnership of the Year, all five new categories for this year, have been introduced.
He said the launch was the start of a series of activities outlined toward the main event in November, which would include the Energy Personalities Outreach programme where the eminent apex award winners would get the opportunity to interact with students of selected second-cycle institutions, courtesy calls on industry partners and site visitation to nominees’ projects.