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The S&P Global Platts Global Energy Awards, now in its 21st year, recognizes top performers - industry leaders and innovators - just like you. It's simple and free to nominate.

This Awards program offers categories both for business and individual achievement. Most companies self-nominate and multiple nominations are welcome.

The 2019 nominations will be open from June 3 - September 9.

To nominate, review the list of categories. You will find a link to the nomination survey on each category description. Submit your nomination on the online nomination form.


Nomination Categories:

Award of Excellence – Upstream Transformation

Who: Integrated energy companies, on and off-shore drilling services, upstream oil and gas organizations and specialist exploration companies

Why: Recognizing preeminent producers that are committed to providing affordable energy while reducing environmental impact, Judges seek entries that set world-class standards in E&P.

Key Success Factors:

  • Exploration technologies and methods for finding new resources in cleaner ways

  • Maximizing technical excellence, bringing complex or difficult projects to schedule, on budget

  • Demonstrated commitment to emissions reductions, safer extraction techniques

Judges will focus on evidence of industry-wide impact since January 2018, in addition to considering the three-year track record of an entrant.

Judging Criteria – challenges, financial results, innovation, operational excellence & strategic vision

Need to get approval? Download the nomination template, which includes all the required questions for this category. Once you are ready to submit, copy and paste directly into the online nomination form.

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Award of Excellence – Midstream

Who: Organizations that store, transport or facilitate trade of energy; most notable are operators such as shipping, railways, tankers, ports, storage, trading organizations and oil, gas and NGL pipelines.

Why: The winner will best exhibit its adaptation to constantly changing political terrain, fluctuating commodity prices and supply, and establishing its reliability amidst uncertain consumer markets.

Key Success Factors:

  • Innovation in connecting markets

  • Integrated partnering throughout the value chain

  • Highest standard of customer service and safety

Judges will focus on evidence of industry-wide impact since January 2018, in addition to considering the three-year track record of an entrant.

Judging Criteria – challenges, financial results, innovation, operational excellence & strategic vision

Need to get approval? Download the nomination template, which includes all the required questions for this category. Once you are ready to submit, copy and paste directly into the online nomination form.

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Award of Excellence – Downstream

Who: Companies operating in the areas of petrochemicals, polymers, refining, LPG, marketing and retail services.

Why: Recognizing exceptional operational and financial performance in an ever-changing downstream environment.

Key Success Factors:

  • Demonstrated vision

  • Innovative solutions leading the next fundamental leap forward

  • Financial performance while maintaining social and environmental responsibility

Judges will focus on evidence of industry-wide impact since January 2018, in addition to considering the three-year track record of an entrant.

Judging Criteria – challenges, financial results, innovation, operational excellence & strategic vision

Need to get approval? Download the nomination template, which includes all the required questions for this category. Once you are ready to submit, copy and paste directly into the online nomination form.

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Award of Excellence – LNG

Who: Players in the LNG value chain, including producers, buyers, portfolio players, traders, financial companies, shippers, and technology innovators.

Why: Recognizing high-performance in LNG areas including innovation, flexibility, efficiency and partnerships.

Key Success Factors:

  • Successful transactions in the commodity, including FID

  • Operational excellence

  • Forging strategic partnerships to ensure sustainable future

Judges will focus on evidence of industry-wide impact since January 2018, in addition to considering the three-year track record of an entrant.

Judging Criteria – challenges, financial results, innovation, operational excellence & strategic vision

Need to get approval? Download the nomination template, which includes all the required questions for this category. Once you are ready to submit, copy and paste directly into the online nomination form.

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Award of Excellence – Power

Who: Power producers (coal, gas, nuclear, oil, hydroelectric, solar, wind, other renewable generating fuels and fully integrated power producers), utilities, system operators and regional market entities.

Why: Winners will demonstrate strategic planning for top performance and growth, while embracing a radically new business and trading environment.

Key Success Factors:

  • Reliable and robust system operations with customer centric technologies

  • Diverse and comprehensive supply portfolio

  • Foresight for grid modernization and cybersecurity

  • Setting and achieving ambitious carbon targets

Judges will focus on evidence of industry-wide impact since January 2018, in addition to considering the three-year track record of an entrant.

Judging Criteria – challenges, financial results, innovation, operational excellence & strategic vision

Need to get approval? Download the nomination template, which includes all the required questions for this category. Once you are ready to submit, copy and paste directly into the online nomination form.

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Chief Executive of the Year

Who: Business leaders that head up an entire corporation or organization, CEOs, Presidents, Directors General, Executive Administrators and Executive Managing Directors among others. Leaders of business operations or functions should apply under Rising Star Individual.

Why: Recognition of courage, perseverance, dedication, ethics and the ability to bring about real change for the better at a company level, in the industry as a whole, and in the lives of employees.

Key Success Factors:

  • Consistent clarity of vision, judgment and motivational skills

  • Highly respected by both peers and competitors, followed by employees, trusted by investors

  • Demonstrable progress toward strategy and objectives

Judges will consider a leader’s entire track record, with particular attention focused on that individual’s accomplishments since January 2018.

Judging Criteria: achievements, decisiveness, innovation, integrity, leadership and strategic vision

Need to get approval? Download the nomination template, which includes all the required questions for this category. Once you are ready to submit, copy and paste directly into the online nomination form.

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Lifetime Achievement Award

Who: Any individual who has made an outstanding contribution to the development and future of the energy industry as a whole in the course of his or her career.

Why: Recognizes a person’s achievements from a long and varied career of service, creativity, and insight; this individual will have won

Key Success Factors:

  • Achieved widespread recognition and respect on the global stage

  • Dedication of career toward progress

  • Outstanding leadership in their sector (business, politics, regulation, academics, economics, finance, trading, technology, etc.)

Judging Criteria: achievements, innovation, integrity, leadership, peer recognition & strategic vision

The Judges reserve the right to name multiple winners of this award based on overall career achievements.

Need to get approval? Download the nomination template, which includes all the required questions for this category. Once you are ready to submit, copy and paste directly into the online nomination form.

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Rising Star – Individual Award

Who: Any non-CEO who is focused on energy, chemicals, energy investment or policy.

Why: Recognizes a leader who personifies innovation, creates opportunities and ultimately delivers results.

Key Success Factors:

  • Demonstrated remarkable career strides, inevitably influencing their industry

  • A leader on the front line of transformation

  • Executing strategy with precision and results

Judges will consider all senior management who are not a CEO. Judges will consider performance from January 2016.

Judging Criteria: achievements, innovation integrity, leadership, peer recognition & results (non-financial)

Need to get approval? Download the nomination template, which includes all the required questions for this category. Once you are ready to submit, copy and paste directly into the online nomination form.

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Rising Star – Company Award

Who: Energy companies who were established after January 2011.

Why: Recognizes the achievements of a genuine startup or an existing business that has moved into a brand new field.

Key Success Factors:

  • Establishing the organization as a key player in its discipline, including finance and trade

  • Demonstrable growth and success

  • Gaining ground on established competitors

In the interest of evaluating track records, judges will consider businesses created since January 2011.

Judging Criteria: financial results (growth in particular), innovation, net job growth, operational excellence, scope and strategic vision

Need to get approval? Download the nomination template, which includes all the required questions for this category. Once you are ready to submit, copy and paste directly into the online nomination form.

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Corporate Deal of the Year

Who: Corporations or core companies of the energy and chemical complex; primarily oil and gas companies, power producers and utilities, system operators, midstream and consumer markets.

Why: Recognizing the successful closure of a new energy project, asset buyout or full company merger or acquisition.

Key Success Factors:

  • Overall strategic significance and impact

  • Overcoming challenges to complete the deal

  • Innovative financial engineering and motivating agreement across multiple stakeholders

In the interests of judging its success, judges will consider any investment that has closed since January 2018.

Judging Criteria: challenges, financial results, innovation, leadership, scope & strategic vision

Investment firms should apply for Financial Investment of the Year

This award is for a specific investment – be it a merger, acquisition, financial restructuring or divestiture – completed in the given time frame. Entire investment portfolios should not be submitted.

Need to get approval? Download the nomination template, which includes all the required questions for this category. Once you are ready to submit, copy and paste directly into the online nomination form.

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Financial Investment of the Year

Who: Financial entities such as private equity, venture capital funds, hedge funds, investment management, investment banks, infrastructure funds, pension funds, sovereign wealth funds and family offices.

Why: Celebrates the rigorous analysis and unrelenting focus on delivering superior risk-adjusted returns that capital market firms bring to the energy industry

Key Success Factors:

  • Overall impact and influence of the transaction

  • Calculated or projected returns

  • Innovation and overcoming challenges

In the interests of judging its success, judges will consider any investment that has closed since January 2018.

Judging Criteria: challenges, financial results, innovation, leadership scope & strategic vision

Traditional energy companies who merged or acquired other energy companies should apply under Corporate Deal of the Year.

This award is for a specific investment – acquisition, financial restructuring or divestiture – completed in the given time frame. Entire investment portfolios should not be submitted.

Need to get approval? Download the nomination template, which includes all the required questions for this category. Once you are ready to submit, copy and paste directly into the online nomination form.

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Corporate Social Responsibility Award

Who: All companies in the energy space, including producers, traders, retailers, consumers, exchanges.

Why: Recognizes the organization that best demonstrates leadership, commitment to sustained action and real-world impacts from across its business. Embraces this voluntary commitment which greatly motivates employee morale, is of fundamental interest to stakeholders, and is a key element of a company’s character.

Key Success Factors:

  • Evidence of positive influence on surrounding communities

  • Teamwork toward sustainable, long-term impacts beyond financial contributions

  • Compelling communications program that effectively conveys commitment

Judges will consider all sustained programs, possibly part of a rich portfolio, that are currently in operation and scheduled to continue through 2019.

Judging Criteria: benefit to community, challenges, communications program, employee participation & scope.

Need to get approval? Download the nomination template, which includes all the required questions for this category. Once you are ready to submit, copy and paste directly into the online nomination form.

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Corporate Award – Green Initiatives

Who: Heavy energy consumers, including retail, food & beverage, information, social media, sports and entertainment, data and technology, automotive, manufacturing, airlines, OEM and banks among other industries.

Why: Recognizes savvy, sustained and robust commitments to energy efficiency and minimizing environmental footprints

Key Success Factors:

  • Clever capitalization from existing power production, streamlining processes, and technology

  • Embracing renewable energy sources as well as conservation initiatives, that serves the interests of both business and the environment

  • Comprehensive improvements of overall results; reductions per unit and other key metrics

Judges will focus exclusively on performance and achievements since January 2018.

Judging Criteria: communications program, operational excellence, financial results, results (non-financial), innovation & strategic vision

Need to get approval? Download the nomination template, which includes all the required questions for this category. Once you are ready to submit, copy and paste directly into the online nomination form.

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Grid Edge Award

Who: Startups, technology applications (e.g. blockchain, applied AI, machine learning), utilities, energy service providers, system operators, renewable energy generators and distributors, battery applications and energy storage, electric vehicles and other automotive integrations.

Why: Recognizes innovators throughout the entire energy system who are advancing the electric grid to most effectively link utilities to customers.

Key Success Factors:

  • Quantified results that convey innovation and progress toward an improved energy system

  • Distinct application that solves for specific inefficiencies or complications

  • Partnerships, grid reliability and integration

Judges want to see cutting-edge, commercial implementations that truly advance the concept into new territory. Their focus will be exclusively on achievements since January 2018.

Judging Criteria: financial results, innovation, operational excellence, results (non-financial) & strategic vision

Need to get approval? Download the nomination template, which includes all the required questions for this category. Once you are ready to submit, copy and paste directly into the online nomination form.

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Construction Project of the Year

Who: Industrials, construction companies, energy organizations and all other project owners that have completed an energy-focused project since January 2018.

Why: Recognizes excellence in project execution and management. Demonstrating the capacity to deliver a construction or infrastructure project in the energy arena, including electricity generation, transmission lines and distribution facilities, pipelines, storage facilities, refining, biofuels, offshore oil, or renewable energy.

Key Success Factors:

  • Unique innovation in approach and all-around excellence in implementation

  • Identifying a critical need or opportunity

  • Agility to propose and finance solution

  • Overcoming daunting challenges (political, regulatory, social, technological and/or landowner)

Judges will consider projects completed between January 2018 and September 2019.

Judging Criteria: challenges (siting and financing), financial results, innovation, operational excellence & scope.

Need to get approval? Download the nomination template, which includes all the required questions for this category. Once you are ready to submit, copy and paste directly into the online nomination form.

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Engineering Project of the Year

Who: Energy organizations, engineering firms and other entities that have successfully implemented an engineering solution since January 2018.

Why: Highlighting achievements in surmounting specific engineering challenges, whether in complex and difficult environments, in executing a precision task, or in solving specific engineering problems in new ways

Key Success Factors:

  • Addressing environmental factors,

  • Technical breadth of project activity

  • Impact and effectiveness of the engineering innovation and implementation

Judges will consider projects completed between January 2018 and September 2019.

Judging Criteria: challenges, financial results, innovation, operational excellence & scope.

Need to get approval? Download the nomination template, which includes all the required questions for this category. Once you are ready to submit, copy and paste directly into the online nomination form.

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Emerging Technology of the Year

Who: Organizations who are developing a specific technology or solution that is not yet commercially available.

Why: Recognizes technologies launched or patented since January 2018; and not yet in full-scale, commercial operation. Examples might include technologies focused on renewable energy, energy storage, blockchain application, transforming waste into revenue streams, advanced propulsion systems or electric/hybrid transport.

Key Success Factors:

  • Impacts and influence from research and development

  • Ingenuity, scope and commercialization potential

  • Probability of deployment and adoption

Judging Criteria: commercial viability, innovation, net job growth (projected), results (non-financial) technologically proven & scope

Technologies operating in test facilities or initial phases will be considered, provided they have been technologically proven.

Solutions that are generating revenue or commercially available should apply under Commercial Technology.

Need to get approval? Download the nomination template, which includes all the required questions for this category. Once you are ready to submit, copy and paste directly into the online nomination form.

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Commercial Technology of the Year

Who: To qualify for this award, companies must practically apply new technology in the pursuit of efficiency, business advantage, reduced impact and profit.

Why: Recognizing commercially applied innovation.

Key Success Factors:

  • Significance of technology

  • Scope and scalability

  • Emissions reduction, practicality, reliability and overall commercial success

Judges will consider any revenue-generating technology implemented on a commercial basis since January 2018.

Judging Criteria: commercial availability, innovation, financial results, technologically proven & net job growth.

Specific for technologies that are commercially available, and have generated revenue. Solutions that are in pilot phase or not yet generating revenue should apply under Emerging Technology.

This award is for the application of “hard” technology. The judges cannot judge the relative merits of standalone, trading, or financial software applications.

Need to get approval? Download the nomination template, which includes all the required questions for this category. Once you are ready to submit, copy and paste directly into the online nomination form.

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Researcher Award

Who: Any individual enrolled in postgraduate, doctoral, or postdoctoral programs at an institution of higher learning.

Why: Recognizing the innovative spirit and creative contribution from emerging researchers in the commodity markets.

Key Success Factors:

  • To be eligible for this award, candidates must address the topic for proposal in one of the following formats: written submission in English with content between 1000 and 2000 words; OR Multi-media presentation (video, podcast, voice over presentation) up to 10 minutes in length

    • Considering legislation, mandates, carbon pricing, responsible fuels, technology and consumer behavior among other things, what single factor will have the most impact in achieving a smooth energy transition toward a two degree outcome, and why?
      OR
      Explain how we can achieve a two degree energy transition, while both minimizing the impact to developed economies and sustaining the increasing access to energy in emerging markets. Deadline for entries is September 9, 2019. Winners will be notified by October 14, 2019.

Award Includes:

  • $5000 Scholarship awarded in New York on December 12

  • Airfare and accommodation for the S&P Global Platts

  • Global Energy Awards in New York on December 12, 2019*

Eligibility Requirements:

Any individual enrolled in a postgraduate, doctoral, or postdoctoral program at an institution of higher learning may apply for the Award. Employees of Platts and their families are not eligible to participate. Individuals who themselves are, or who reside in countries that are, subject to sanctions of the government of the United States, the European Union or Singapore are also ineligible to participate. All submissions must include the following documents in pdf:

  1. Biography of no more than 300 words
  2. A copy of your current passport page with your identification information and photo
  3. Valid proof of enrollment in one of the programs described above

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December 12, 2019

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Key Dates:

Nominations Open: 6/3/2019

Nominations Close: 9/9/2019

Finalists Announced: 9/24/2019

Winners Announced: 12/12/2019