Activities report 2013
As the professional body for anyone working in or studying energy, the Energy Institute aims to ensure that members stay informed, engaged and connected to a fast-changing industry, and to promote excellence by developing knowledge, skills and good practice for the benefit of the global energy sector, its people and society.
Below are the highlights of our activities in 2013 in support of those objectives.
Launch of the Energy Matrix
The Energy Matrix is a new online platform enabling members to access our vast collection of publications, statistics, magazine articles and briefings on all energy topics, as well as carefully selected external sources,. It aims to transform the way members can research their chosen energy subject by providing a central portal to all information available on one particular topic.
- Editorial thought-leadership
The EI magazines Energy World and Petroleum Review and their supplements provided thought-leadership throughout the year on a wide range of topics covering the UK and international energy industry.
Knowledge development and sharing through internship programme
Our Energy Advisory Panel, made up of senior energy figures, has identified a number of topics where the EI can improve general understanding and help to bring a level of trust and confidence to the wider debate through the development of specific knowledge projects. This will lead to the production of peer-reviewed reports and briefings made available through the EI’s dissemination channels. Topics covered include shale gas and fracking, wider unconventional hydrocarbons, heat, energy efficiency, energy storage and offshore renewables. This activity is supported by an internship programme funded through the EI by industry.
The Energy Debate and other events
Alongside the EI’s ongoing programme of lectures and conferences covering a wide range of energy sectors*, the EI hosted an Energy Debate to stimulate a holistic and systems-based approach to energy issues. Chaired by EI President Ian Marchant FEI, the inaugural debate brought together a panel featuring former energy minister Charles Hendry HonFEI, National Grid’s CEO Steve Holliday FEI and Centre for Sustainable Energy MD Simon Roberts OBE FEI. Members can watch the full discussion on our website at www.energyinst.org/energy-debate-2013. We hope the Energy debate will become an annual feature in the EI’s events calendar. The events programme of distinguished speakers also included the lecture given by Melchett Award recipient Prof David McKay HonFEI, Chief Scientific Adviser to the UK Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC).
* the EI and its branches hosted around 65 events in 2013 covering energy efficiency, carbon storage, heat, process safety, the UK energy market reform, shale gas, aviation, oil and gas reserves, asset integrity, microbiology, human factors and more. International Petroleum (IP) Week’s keynote speakers included Dr Fatih Birol HonFEI, Executive Director of the International Energy Agency , Ayman Asfari FEI, Group Chief Executive of Petrofac and Claudio Descalzi, Chief Operating Office, E&P, ENI .
Oil prospects workshop
Organised in partnership with DECC, the EI hosted an international two-day workshop bringing together key stakeholders in oil forecasting and prospects analysis. The objectives of the meeting were to identify areas of consensus, disagreement and genuine uncertainty when assessing outlooks for oil supply and demand, in order to promote understanding for the benefit of decision-makers such as governments and investors. This event provided the EI with clear action points towards establishing clarity around this topic – notably the need to harmonise definitions and scope around modelling methods.
- the British Energy Challenge
The EI supported DECC’s British Energy Challenge, a roadshow aimed at informing the general public about energy issues, which visited UK cities over the summer. The EI participated in the Manchester, Bristol and Newcastle events, providing information about energy in their local area and in the UK at large, as well as the EI’s services such as training and career advice.
Chartered titles campaigns / professional recognition
A continued drive to ‘professionalise’ the industry is important to ensure quality in the energy debate and build public trust and confidence. In 2013, the EI focused on the promotion of professionalism and the value of gaining professional grades and Chartered titles. Professional applications have risen significantly as a result , and more companies are requesting in-house membership workshops as they recognise the value of a professionally-qualified workforce to meet their own business objectives.
Supporting young people
The Young Professionals Network (YPN) launched in 2012 to provide young people with a networking group around the EI branch network, is growing rapidly. Four branches now run a YPN network (Aberdeen, Highlands and Islands; London and Home Counties; EI Middle East and EI Nigeria). Interest is particularly strong in the Middle East. EI Nigeria is also working in collaboration with local professional organisations and universities to establish a young membership professional development programme and focuses much effort on recruiting graduate members.
Energy Management training
In response to growing demand, the EI has been actively developing its portfolio of energy management courses, notably with the launch of online training (Certificate of Energy Management Level 1). In-house coursesat all levels (Certificate to Advanced) have become more popular with an increasing number of delegates going on to achieve professional status as Chartered Energy Managers.
- New careers portal
The EI launched a new careers portal, careers.energyinst.org, to encourage young people to take up a career in the energy industry. The site provides information about degrees and courses, job profiles and professional development paths, as well as listing all the courses and training providers accredited by the EI.
Offshore wind health and safety
The EI is working in partnership with the G9 Offshore Wind Health and Safety Association to develop health and safety guidance for the offshore wind industry, in particular around lifting operations, working at height and marine operations. This work is supported by the HSE and the Crown Estate. Full details can be found on a dedicated website www.energypublishing.org/g9/offshore-wind
Register of Professional Energy Consultants (RPEC)
Membership of the Register of Professional Energy Consultants, which was launched at the end of 2012, has been proposed as one of the primary source of qualified energy auditors for the UK government’s Energy Savings Opportunity Scheme (ESOS), which follows the European Energy Efficiency Directive. In addition, the Register has seen a growing number of enquiries coming from major organisations looking for energy efficiency advice, particularly from overseas.
Support to EEDO ESOS consultation
The UK Energy Efficiency Deployment Office, within DECC, published a consultation in the summer to ask industry and other stakeholders’ opinion on the UK’s energy saving opportunity scheme (ESOS). The EI was actively involved in preparing the consultation and produced a response highlighting the main implications of the scheme. This response which was written as a result of a high level workshop hosted by the EI, which was attended by Chartered Energy Managers, members of the Register of Professional Energy Consultants (RPEC) and end user organisations.
29 guidance documents were published in 2013, including the Human Factors Foundation Course, EI/JIG Standard 1530, which is a major new international guidance document for handling aviation fuel across the supply chain. Also published were a DVD training tool for controlling the risk from static electricity and four extended guidelines supporting the EI’s Process Safety Management Framework. Full listing can be found at www.energypublishing.org
18 accreditation visits were undertaken, six to accredit graduate schemes in businesses and 12 to accredit university courses.
The EI has carried out an overhaul of its brand’s visuals, which is reflected in small changes to its logo and a major revamp of its marketing materials and website look and feel. We hope you like the outcome. A redesign of the magazines Energy World and Petroleum Review, as well as the Journal of the Energy Institute, is next on the agenda.
- 10th Anniversary Open Day
2013 marked the 10th anniversary of the merger of the Institute of Petroleum and the Institute of Energy, which led to the creation of the Energy Institute. To celebrate, the EI hosted an Open Day featuring membership workshops, demonstrations of our latest products and services, membership surgeries and a 10th Anniversary Reception. Around 100 members joined in the activities and we hope they found the day productive and enjoyable.
Having celebrated a decade as the Energy Institute, the EI is embarking on celebrating 100 years since the oldest of its founding organisations, the Institution of Petroleum Technologists, appointed its first President and held its first meeting in March 1914. A range of activities will be laid out next year to mark this centenary of professionalism, including interviews with society and industry leaders, a roadshow travelling through the UK and visiting our international branches, promotional items with your magazines and centenary posters and publications. The underpinning themes of the centenary campaign will be to celebrate 100 years of energy in society and acknowledge and thank our members for their contribution to our work.
Energy Systems conference
In June 2014, the EI and Elsevier will host an Energy Systems conference to explore the sector’s complexity and need for interconnected solutions. You can find out more and register at www.energysystemsconference.com.
Energy essentials projects
These will be the outcomes of the internship programme mentioned earlier.
The aim will be to modernise the look and feel of Energy World and Petroleum Review.
While the core purpose of the EI has remained constant for the past 100 years, how we provide services and activities for our beneficiaries has changed. The EI’s Council has determined that it is now time to invest in the development of the EI’s home and centre for members at 61 New Cavendish Street We hope to commit some EI resources and generate some donations to fund the development to provide a good practice example of energy efficiency retrofit and to vastly improve the public and working areas for members, visitors and staff.