Petroleum Economist Awards Categories

AWARD: CHIEF EXECUTIVE OF THE YEAR
Open to all chief executives of energy companies. This award will recognise a chief executive who has made an outstanding contribution to the company they lead, as well as to the wider industry; candidates are respected by staff, investors, and competitors alike. Individuals can nominate themselves or be nominated by a colleague. Entries should provide evidence of the nominee’s:

  • Demonstrable long-term commitment to the energy industry
  • Excellent leadership skills
  • Impressive company results
  • An innovative approach to tackling business challenges
  • Commitment to employee and community development

AWARD: ENERGY EXECUTIVE OF THE YEAR
Open to all industry professionals. This award will recognise an executive who has made – or who has demonstrable potential to make – a major contribution to the industry, either regionally or globally, regardless of age or position within the company. Individuals can nominate themselves or be nominated by a colleague. Entries should provide evidence of the nominee’s:

  • Skills, acumen and ability
  • Recognition and respect within their industry sector, both within and without their company
  • Close involvement in or leadership of a range of successful projects/initiatives which have the potential to have an impact on the wider energy industry
  • Demonstrable commitment to the energy industry’s development

AWARD: FUTURE LEADER
This award aims to identify the industry’s rising stars. Open to professionals across all industry sectors and disciplines, aged under 40 at the end of the scheme’s judging period, the award seeks to identify those people who are most likely to shape the industry’s future in the years ahead. Individuals can nominate themselves or be nominated by a colleague. Entries should provide evidence of the nominee’s:

  • Commitment to the sustainable, long-term future of the energy industry
  • Potential to take on a leadership role and fulfil the demands of that role
  • Outstanding leadership skills and demonstrable understanding of the challenges facing the industry in the 21st century and willingness to tackle those challenges.

AWARD: MINISTER OF THE YEAR
Open to all energy ministers who have held the portfolio for at least six months by the end of the scheme’s judging period. This award will recognise an energy minister who has made a significant contribution to their country’s energy sector, earning the respect of their peers and ministry staff, as well as domestic and international companies operating in the country. Individuals can nominate themselves or be nominated by a colleague. Entries should provide evidence of the nominee’s:

  • Demonstrable commitment to the development of the energy industry
  • Sound understanding of energy issues and their impact both domestically and internationally
  • Sound strategic thinking and commitment to sustainable policy initiatives

Evidence of improvement and/or innovation within the country’s energy sector is also an advantage.

AWARD: LEGACY AWARD
This award will honour a person who has made an outstanding contribution to the energy industry. This award is not tied to the judging period but rather considers the individual’s commitment to, and work for, the industry throughout their career. The individual need not have spent their whole career within the industry, but must have contributed significantly to the industry’s development. Individuals, agencies, ministries and companies are able to nominate candidates. Nominations should include evidence of:

  • A demonstrable long-term commitment to the energy industry
  • Excellent leadership skills
  • A commitment to innovation
  • A commitment to improving operations, whether that be within a company, sector or across the sector as a whole

AWARD: DOWNSTREAM COMPANY OF THE YEAR
Open to all refining, gas processing and marketing companies. This award will recognise an organisation which has shown the most effective management and development during the judging period. The winning company will stand out amongst its peers for its sound corporate strategy, high operating standards and clear evidence of innovation in its business operations. Entries should provide evidence of:

  • Implementation of clear business strategy
  • Business goals identified in prior years which were met during the judging period
  • Commitment to employee development
  • An innovative approach to tackling business challenges

AWARD: ENERGY CONSULTANCY OF THE YEAR
Open to all professional advisory companies serving the energy industry, including consultancies, accountancy firms and other advisors. This award will recognise an organisation which has consistently delivered excellent strategic or operational advice to its client(s), to deliver measurable improvement in their performance. Entries should provide evidence of:

  • Successful delivery of a range of customer projects
  • Strategic input into clients’ business decisions
  • Significant expertise in the energy sector or a niche thereof
  • An innovative approach to tackling business challenges

N.B. clients can be referred to as “A”, “B” etc. if necessary for reasons of confidentiality

AWARD: TECHNOLOGY COMPANY OF THE YEAR
Open to all companies delivering technological services, tools and software to companies in the energy industry. This award will recognise an organisation which has made major steps in technological innovation in the judging period, and which has shown effective management and development in the same period. The winning company will stand out amongst its peers for its sound corporate strategy, high operating standards and clear evidence of innovation. Entries should provide evidence of:

  • Successful delivery of customer projects
  • A showcase piece of technology/technological innovation/refinement or adaption of existing technology pilot tested or brought to market during the judging period
  • Business goals identified in prior years which were met during the judging period
  • Commitment to employee development
  • An innovative approach to tackling business challenges. Evidence of in-field innovation is also welcomed

AWARD: ENERGY FINANCE PROVIDER OF THE YEAR
Open to all banks and financial institutions offering commercial banking or project finance within the energy industry. This award will recognise an organisation whose expertise and involvement consistently delivers measurable value to its client(s). Entries should provide evidence of:

  • Close Involvement in a range of energy sector deals
  • Strategic input into clients’ business decisions
  • Significant expertise in the energy sector or a niche thereof
  • An innovative approach to tackling business challenges

N.B. clients can be referred to as “A”, “B” etc. if necessary for reasons of confidentiality

AWARD: LEGAL SERVICES PROVIDER OF THE YEAR
Open to all legal firms offering services and advice to clients in the energy sector. This award will recognise an organisation whose expertise and involvement consistently delivers measurable value to its client(s). Entries should provide evidence of:

  • Close Involvement in a range of energy sector deals
  • Strategic input into clients’ business decisions
  • Significant expertise in the energy sector or a niche thereof
  • An innovative approach to tackling business challenges

N.B. clients can be referred to as “A”, “B” etc. if necessary for reasons of confidentiality

AWARD: CLEANER ENERGY INITIATIVE OF THE YEAR
Open to all energy companies, government ministries and other official bodies, as well as agencies, in both the public and private sectors. This award will recognise an organisation which has devised, developed and implemented an initiative to reduce its ecological footprint, either at a broad level or within a specific business unit. Entries should provide evidence of:

  • The policies implemented and action taken
  • The results of these actions
  • Active promotion of cleaner energy, to employees, stakeholders and the wider public
  • Provisions for the reduction of pollution across operations
  • Plans for further reducing the company’s/agency’s carbon footprint

AWARD: CORPORATE SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY (CSR) PROGRAMME OF THE YEAR
Open to all energy companies with active operations. This award will recognise an exemplary ongoing CSR programme, with demonstrable positive impact on the communities it serves. Entries should provide evidence of:

  • Integration of CSR into the company’s business culture
  • A particular campaign or project, which exemplifies the company’s commitments to CSR
  • Full consideration of human rights, labour welfare, health and security employees, local economic and community development and environmental protection
  • Ongoing commitment to successful CSR practices in future years

AWARD: PROJECT OF THE YEAR
Open to all companies across the energy industry value chain. This award will recognise a project, brought on stream within the judging period, which has particular merit, will have an impact on the industry, involved specific expertise or sets a new standard in its sector. Companies are requested to nominate specific projects. Entries should provide evidence of:

  • Excellence and ingenuity
  • Sustainability and careful consideration of environmental issues
  • A best-practice approach of health and safety
  • Meeting budget and time constraints

AWARD: STAKEHOLDER COMMUNICATION PROGRAMME OF THE YEAR
Open to all energy companies. This award will recognise an innovative communications programme designed primarily for stakeholders, and which has had a demonstrable impact on stakeholder relations and project investment. This includes companies where the majority stakeholder is a government entity. Entries should provide evidence of:

  • Use of innovative strategies and methods
  • Consistency in conveying the company’s vision and values throughout the campaign(s)
  • Ensuring accessibility and accuracy of information
  • An increase in investor confidence as a result of the highlighted communication campaign(s)

AWARD: ENERGY COMPANY OF THE YEAR
This category is open to small-; medium-; and large-cap companies. An award will be presented to the most outstanding company in each segment. An overall winner, selected from the three, will be named energy company of the year. Open to all energy companies. This award will recognise an organisation which has shown significant improvement across the business during the judging period. The winning company will stand out for its contribution to development of the wider industry, as well as having sound corporate and operating standards and clever evidence of innovation in its business operations. Entries should provide evidence of:

  • Strong company performance, including financial results
  • Business goals identified in prior years, which were met in the judging period
  • Any unforeseen challenges and the steps taken to address them
  • Investment in R&D
  • Commitment to environmental protection and employee welfare

AWARD: EXPLORATION COMPANY OF THE YEAR
Open to all companies with active exploration portfolios. This award recognises a company that has demonstrated an enterprising attitude and pursued its business interests successfully, often within challenging environments. Entries should provide evidence of:

  • Use of innovative techniques or processes in at least one project during the judging period
  • Successfully overcoming exploration challenges
  • Successful completion of planned exploration programmes within the judging period (this includes both completing campaigns on time and on budget, as well as exploration success)
  • Actions or systems designed to ensure efficient management and timely delivery of projects
  • Effective portfolio management