2021 Annual NACA Awards

2021 ANNUAL NACA AWARDS

The NACA Awards are used to recognise and reward outstanding contributions towards the cause of clean air. Nominations for awards are considered annually. After adjudication by the NACA Awards Committee, awards are presented at the NACA Annual Conference.

NACA Clean Air Awards 2021 – Submission Address and Deadlines

Please submit your completed nomination package, comprising the nomination form, a narrative statement and appendages containing evidence to the NACA Council, through Beverley Terry at email: bev@naca.org.za.

Closing date for nominations: Tuesday, 10 August 2021, 23:00

Please acknowledge the contributions of those committed to improving air quality in South Africa and make an effort to submit your nominations before the due date to ensure ample time for assessment.

Categories of Awards

The award categories are as follows:

  • Industrial/Mining Award for Significant Contributions to the Cause of Clean Air in the Industrial or Mining Sector
  • Leadership in Air Quality
  • Golden Award for Lifetime Contributions to the Cause of Clean Air
    Any NACA member, branch or council member may make nominations for the awards.
    NACA membership of the nominee shall not be a factor in either the nomination or the award itself.
Nomination Process

The nomination shall be made in the following manner:

  • The nomination shall be made on the prescribed nomination form, which includes a ~800-word summary motivation for the nomination.
  • The nomination form shall be accompanied by a detailed narrative motivation, expanding on the nominee’s qualities, actions, and achievements towards the cause of clean air.
  • The narrative motivation shall be supported by appropriate documents that may include: photographs, copies of publications or publication lists, awards, company publicity or information handouts, websites, etc.
  • The nomination form and attachments shall be submitted electronically to the NACA Administrator (bev@naca.org.za) by the advertised closing date.
  • Unsuccessful nominations from prior years are welcome to be re-nominated with a new entry form.
  • Winners of NACA awards shall not be eligible for nomination for the same award for ten years after the initial award.
Evaluation Process
  • The NACA Council shall appoint an Awards Committee of at least three members, one of whom should preferably be a former president of NACA who shall act as the convenor and chair of the committee. 
  • Members of the Awards Committee may actively participate in efforts to identify and request nominations of prospective participants. However, no person shall remain a member of the Awards Committee for that year if they are the nominator or co-nominator of any person or entity for an award.
  • The Awards Committee shall evaluate the nominations in terms of the criteria below and any additional requirements they consider appropriate.
  • The evaluation may include site visits or interviews with nominees, which shall be carried out by one or more members of the Awards Committee.
  • The Awards Committee may, at their discretion, make a joint award. However, this should be an exception.
  • The Awards Committee shall forward their recommendations to the NACA Executive Committee for endorsement.
  • The Awards Committee or NACA Council reserve the right to make not to make an award in a particular category if nominations are considered not sufficiently meritorious.
Awards Process

Once the Executive Committee has endorsed the recommendations, the winners and the persons who made the winning nominations shall be notified in writing of the award.

This notification should be made at least three weeks before the NACA Annual Conference.

The NACA representative shall invite the winner or a winning organisation representative to be present (in person or virtually) at the awards ceremony. The winners may also invite members of the media or their marketing divisions to record the event.

A short statement – a laudation – will be read out by the NACA President at the awards ceremony before handing over the award certificate.

NACA Awards shall be in the form of a certificate to be signed jointly by the President of NACA and the Awards Committee Chair. There are no cash or other prizes other than the Award Certificate.

Confidentiality
  • Deliberations and minutes of the Awards Committee shall be kept confidential other than the announcement of the selected winners.
  • The names of unsuccessful nominations shall not be divulged at the awards ceremony or elsewhere.
  • There shall be no runner-up category or special commendation associated with the awards.
Awards Criteria
Industrial / Mining Award

This award is intended for a company or corporation in the private sector
The motivation could include evidence of some or all of the following features:

  • Demonstrate continual reduction of emissions and impact of airborne pollutants on the environment over the last 5 to 10 years.
  • World-class technology (design, engineering) or excellent performance of pollution control equipment either as new plant or as a retrofit.
  • A programme of research or development which has led to a marked improvement in the design of existing equipment.
  • An effective air quality management system, which has resulted in significant reduction of the impact of airborne pollutants on the environment.
  • Liaison with the workforce and the broader community on environmental and air quality matters should be demonstrated, and environmental performance should be reported to the stakeholders at regular intervals.
Leadership in Air Quality Award

This award is intended for an individual, or a group of individuals, in the private or public sectors who have shown exceptional leadership and achievements in one of the following fields.

  • Research leading to improved understanding of the mechanism of air pollution in the broadest sense (chemistry, atmospheric sciences, policy).
  • Research or development leading to improved methods or processes for the characterisation or reduction of air pollution.
  • Education or training in atmospheric sciences.
  • Service in a private sector, public sector, industry or academic organisation in an atmospheric related field. This could include enhancement of public awareness, air pollution management at a local or regional scale, innovative policy development or exceptional leadership to minimise atmospheric impacts of air pollution.
Golden Award

The Golden Award is intended to recognise the lifetime achievements of an individual towards the cause of clean air. The evaluation of a nominee could take into account evidence of:

  • Outstanding work in atmospheric sciences and pollution prevention carried out beyond the normal call of duty.
  • Public involvement, commitment, achievement in atmospheric sciences or air pollution prevention.
  • Involvement locally, provincially, nationally, internationally in efforts and achievement in atmospheric sciences or air pollution prevention.
  • Leadership in substantial reduction of atmospheric emissions of an industrial sector.
  • An outstanding international research publication record or cadre of atmospheric science graduate students.
  • Outstanding contributions to the global atmospheric measurements, modelling or policy.
  • Outstanding contributions to the science and application of meteorology.
SUBMISSION ADDRESS AND DEADLINE

Please submit your completed nomination package, comprising the nomination form, a narrative statement and appendages containing evidence to the NACA Council, through Beverley Terry at email: bev@naca.org.za.

Closing date for nominations: Tuesday, 10 August 2021, 23:00.

Please acknowledge the contributions of those committed to improving air quality in South Africa and make an effort to submit your nominations before the due date to ensure ample time for assessment.