President Akufo-Addo has appealed to stakeholders in the country’s energy sector to support the implementation of the Ghana Energy Transition and Investment Plan which spells out a reasonable path for Ghana to attain net zero energy-related carbon emissions by 2060.
He made the call when he addressed the 2023 and 7th Ghana Energy Awards. The Managing Director of the Bulk Oil Storage and Transportation BOST Edwin Provincial picked the Energy Personality of the Year Male.
The 7th Ghana Energy Awards recognizes excellence and innovation in Ghana’s energy sector. The scheme also acknowledges deserving players striving in various aspects of the industry.
This year’s awards saw several individuals and institutions who distinguished themselves being recognised for their contribution to the development of Ghana’s energy sector. Energy Reporter of the Year Award went to Emmanuel Aboagye Wiafi of Asaase Radio.
The Rising Star Individual Award went to Rapi Opoku Anankwa. The Rising Star Company category went to Cubica Energy. Dutch and Co took the Off-Grid Energy Solution of the Year. Clean Energy Initiative of the year went to Bui Power Authority. Tullow Ghana went home with the Health, Safety and Environmental Excellence Award.
The Brand of the Year Award went to PetroSol Ghana. Others are Public Utility Regulatory Commission PURC, the Innovation Project of Year, the Energy ThinkTank of the Year went to Africa Centre for Energy Policy.
Energy Institution of the Year went to Energy Commission.
Energy Access Leadership Award went to Africa Development Bank. The Energy Investment Impact Award went to Japan International Corporation Agency JICA. Re Infrastructure Project Award of the year went to Bui Power Authority. The Diversification Pioneer Award went to Total Energies Marketing Ghana while the Green Chief Trailblazer Award went to Mr. Wisdom Dogobo of Bui Power Authority. The Corporate Social Responsibility went to the Volta River Authority.
The Energy Advocate of the Year went to Benjamin Boakye. The Energy Company of the Renewables, went to Menergy Technology. Energy Company of the year Petroleum went to the Bulk Oil Storage and Transportation BOST. Ghana Grid Company, GRIDCo took home the Energy Company of the Year Power.
The Chair of the Awards Scheme Mr. Kwame Jantuah, said the world is moving from fossil fuel into other areas and the country must transition right to improve its energy sector demands.
A Deputy Minister for Energy, Andrew Agyapa Mercer, said energy transition must happen, but it must be on terms of the Ghana and Africa, so they are not short-changed. The Ministry of Energy will continue to provide the needed leadership and direction in actualizing the vision of the President, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, for an energy sector that is vibrant, responsive to the 21st-century opportunities and realities and above all, fit for purpose” Egyapa Mercer said.
“We will continue to work with stakeholders and relevant public and private sector institutions in our quest to give energy transition true meaning that reflects the collective aspirations and needs of our citizens” the Deputy Minister for Energy, Andrew Kofi Egyapa Mercer added.
President Akufo-Addo said Government has already started initiatives to transition Ghana into clean Energy reduce impact of climate change on the country, players and citizens must therefore support these initiatives. He pointed out that Ghana “will be amongst the first countries to use carbon capture, utilization and storage technology to de-carbonize the energy industry.
Additionally, Akufo-Addo pointed out that Ghana “will be amongst the first countries to use carbon capture, utilization and storage technology to de-carbonize our energy industry” and to that end, the country [Ghana] “will demonstrate to the world that low carbon development can be pursued without sacrificing economic growth or social progress”.
“The cooperation and support of all parties, domestic and foreign, are need to achieve this goal, but above all, we require the dedication and effort of every Ghanaian citizen who is the primary beneficiary and agent of this shift. We need Ghanaians to accept this vision of Ghana’s energy future as low carbon, resilient and affluent. We rely on Ghanaians to implement energy saving practices and attitudes in their homes, work places and communities,” the President remarked.
“We need your help to implement the policies and programmes that will make this transition easier and we need you to hold government accountable. The energy transition framework that we have developed and are set to implement is more than just a document, it is a statement of our resolve and desire to secure a brighter future for ourselves and for future generations” Akufo-Addo further remarked.
At the Chief Executive category Awards CEO of of the Year Petroleum went to Dr. Ben Asante of the Ghana Gas. CEO of the Year Power went to Mr. Samuel Dubi Mahama of ECG. The Prestigious Awards which is the Energy Personality of the Year, Madam Kadija Amoah MD Aker Energy emerged as the Energy Personality of the Year Female.
The Energy Personality of the Year Award Male went to Mr Edwin Provincial of the Bulk Oil Storage and Transportation BOST.