More than 50 institutions and individuals who have contributed to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) will be honoured at the 2023 Think Energy SDGs Awards. The ceremony, which will take place on June 30, 2023, is part of the African Energy and Sustainable Summit. The awards aim to celebrate and recognize the corporate and academic institutions that are working towards achieving global leadership on SDGs 4, 7, 13, 14, and 17.
Dr. Robert Mawuko Sogbaji, the Technical Coordinator of the Energy Transition at the Ministry of Energy and the Lead Judge for the Awards, announced the nominees for various award categories at a news conference in Accra. He said the awards aim to encourage corporate entities and individuals to come up with innovative technologies to solve societal challenges, positively impact the environment and ensure sustainable use of energy resources.
Nominees for the SDG Teaching/Learning Category include the Centre for Women and Food Security-Ghana, Accra Technical University, and Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology. The Energy Media Personality of the Year Category includes nominees like Ms Rebekah Adwoa Awuah of the Ghana Broadcasting Corporation, Emmanuel Aboagye-Wiafe of Energy 101, Asaase Radio, and Michael Afful of Energy News Africa.
Nominees for the SDG Energy Company of the Year include Total Energies Marketing Ghana PLC, Electricity Company of Ghana, National Petroleum Authority, and Ghana Oil. The Green Housing Project of the Year nominees are Appolonia City, AnC Mall, Jubilee House, and Prabon Greenfields.
The judges have a 70% stake in the selection process, while the public has a 30% stake via voting to determine the winner in each category. The awards will also recognize the Most Influential SDG Leaders in Africa. Nominees for this category include Damilola Ogunbiyi, CEO of SE4All, Dr Matthew Opoku Prempeh, Ghana’s Minister of Energy, Aliko Dangote, Founder and Chairman of the Dangote Group, Mr Samuel Kofi Dzamesi, CEO of Bui Power Authority, and Mrs Samira Bawumia, the Second Lady of the Republic of Ghana.
In a nutshell, the Think Energy SDGs Awards aim to recognize and reward individuals and institutions who have contributed to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals, especially in the sustainable use of energy resources. The awards also aim to encourage innovation in finding solutions to societal challenges while positively impacting the environment. The nominees for the various award categories have been announced, and the public will have a say in deciding the winners.