The Southern African Energy Efficiency Confederation (SAEEC) Awards Programme annually recognises outstanding accomplishments of individuals and companies in the energy industry. Through our Awards Programme, SAEEC shines the light on the important work that is being done in energy by individuals, organisations, government, agencies, and corporations.

The Awards are a token of recognition for the commitment to the profession; desire to further the Confederation’s goal of advancing the continuous improvement of Energy management in contributing to sustainable energy consumption, inclusive economic growth and climate change mitigation. These prestigious Awards are presented at the Annual SAEEC Banquet and Awards Ceremony to be held in November 2018.

Each award is allocated specific judging criteria and many awards share similar criteria. In the interests of clarity, these criteria are defined in detail here. These are the guidelines the SAEEC’s Technical Committee will refer to when they make their decisions.

A. Leadership & Integrity

Demonstrated ability to persuade others to “buy into” a change or a new initiative.

Ability to work with diverse teams and sets of skills and seen by competitors as a leader and role model.

B. Innovation/Creativity/Initiative

The entry must represent a clear “break” with previously established methods or processes and demonstrate an ability to implement change; and not just simply an adaptation of existing techniques.

New and innovative products, services and/or solution offerings that reduce the demand of energy resources should be demonstrated.

The individual or organisation must encourage new ideas and risk-taking in their organisation. They should propel their business through inventiveness.

C. Performance & Achievements

Must have participated in contributing positively to the growth of the energy efficiency industry.

Contribution to the growth of the energy efficiency shown by a reduced impact on the environment will bode favourably.

D. Challenges & Outcomes

In assessing challenges, the following will be considered:

Technical complexity

Technical innovation (overcoming “it can’t be done”)

Environmental, social or political difficulties in the path of completing a project

Complexity of access to finance (where appropriate)

Substantiated declarations of the achievements are required.