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Activities report 2014

In 2014 the Energy Institute (EI) celebrated 100 years of promoting professionalism in the energy industry. It was in March 1914 that Sir Boverton Redwood, President of the Institution of Petroleum Technologists (IPT) - the oldest of the EI’s founding organisations - opened the IPT’s inaugural meeting with a pledge to “determine the hallmark of proficiency in our profession”.  A century later, we continue to carry the flag, this time across the whole energy sector – a milestone that we have been celebrating  throughout the year.

We were particularly pleased to receive congratulations from our Royal Patron Her Majesty the Queen and a birthday video message from HRH The Prince of Wales. We also produced a short celebratory film highlighting how energy supported human progress in transport, health, communications and overall wellbeing over the past century.

The EI’s strategic objectives are to develop and share knowledge, skills and good practice towards a safe, secure, sustainable and affordable energy system. Below are highlights in our 2014 activities in support of those objectives:

Building and sharing knowledge | Developing and inspiring the next generation | Delivering and promoting good practice | Other highlights | Forthcoming | Membership statistics |

Building and sharing knowledge

  • Consolidation of the Energy Matrix
    Following its launch in 2013, the EI online database has been continuously populated and now holds almost 90,000 records. The Energy Matrix is a key feature of the EI’s knowledge portal, which offers instant access to information across a broad range of issues within the energy sector alongside details of how you can engage with fellow energy professionals and keep up-to-date with energy policy developments.
  • Dedicated energy efficiency website and publications
    With energy efficiency becoming a key part of energy policy worldwide, the EI has launched a dedicated website
    holding information on the UK’s Energy Savings Opportunity Scheme (ESOS) and how to find a Lead Assessor from the EI approved registers.  The EI has also published a magazine supplement focusing on this topic, as well as a briefing explaining ESOS in a detailed yet accessible manner.
  • Energy Essentials guides
    The first in the series of Energy Essentials guides produced as an outcome of the EI’s internship programme was published to provide an authoritative overview of shale gas exploration, covering technical, environmental and safety aspects of this growing sector. Peer-reviewed by 75 EI members, it gives a factual, balanced explanation of the major issues to be considered in the debate about the role of shale gas in meeting future UK energy needs.  The next Energy Essentials guide will cover energy management.
  • Energy Systems Conference
    Over 300 delegates attended this inaugural two-day conference born of a partnership between the EI and Elsevier to initiate a high level debate around breaking sectoral barriers within the energy industry and adopting a holistic, systemic  approach to energy policy.  The outcomes of the discussions were shared with policy-makers in the build up to the General Election in 2015. This EI/Elsevier event is to become bi-annual.
  • The President’s Lecture and other events
    EI President Ian Marchant FEI hosted this lecture highlighting the value of energy in society, which he hopes will become a regular event for the EI to engage with its most influential members and stakeholders.

    Other high profile events in the EI calendar included International Petroleum week, featuring Bob Keiller FEI, CEO, Wood Group and Chris Finlayson, CEO, BG Group, as Guests of Honour and the Melchett Lecture given by Melchett Award recipient Lord Oxburgh of Liverpool KBE HonFEI.  Throughout the year, the EI held over 90 conferences, lectures and branch events covering topics ranging from energy efficiency to reservoir microbiology, heat, asset integrity, engineering and science in energy.
  • Centenary interviews
    As part of its centenary celebrations, the EI has published monthly interviews with influential figures in the industry reflecting on how the past can inform the future.  The “Looking back to look forward” series in the EI magazines Energy World and Petroleum Review featured Walt Patterson FEI, Associate Fellow in Energy, Chatham House;
    Nick Winser CBE FEI, Executive Director, National Grid; Dr Bernie Bulkin FEI, Chair, Office for Renewable Energy Deployment, DECC; Professor Jim Skea CBE FEI, RCUK Energy Strategy Fellow and Professor of Sustainable Energy, Imperial College; Dr Jeremy Leggett FEI, Founder and Non-executive Chairman, Solarcentury, Dorothy Thompson CBE, Chief Executive, Drax; Glen Cayley, Upstream Director, Shell; Simon Roberts OBE FEI, Chief Executive, Centre for Sustainable Energy; Dame Sue Ion DBE HonFEI and Joan MacNaughton CB HonFEI.  The series will continue until February 2015.
  • Launch of EI blog
    Featuring posts by EI President Ian Marchant FEI and Chief Executive Louise Kingham OBE FEI on current issues affecting the sector, the EI blog
    aims to provide members with a platform on which to engage directly with our figureheads and join a high level debate on energy.

Developing skills and inspiring the next generation

  • ESOS training courses
    In response to the launch of the Energy Savings Opportunity Scheme (ESOS) in the UK, the EI has developed three courses aimed at helping organisations, energy managers and energy consultants respectively to implement the scheme. Under ESOS, all large companies must undertake an energy audit conducted or overseen by an approved Lead Assessor by December 2015.
  • Energy Aware
    The EI has launched an online short course designed to raise staff awareness of energy efficiency measures that can be taken in the workplace. EnergyAware provides staff members from any type of organisation with an insight into energy consumption and the impact this has on cost, and leaves them with an action plan to help save energy in their workplace.
  • Science and engineering for schools
    The energy industry needs a new generation of highly skilled engineers to meet the challenges facing the sector in the future.  To support this objective, the EI participated in the Big Bang Fair 
     – an annual four-day exhibition for young engineers and scientists attracting over 70,000 young people aged 7-19 and their teachers, career advisers and parents.  The EI stand used an energy bike to highlight the energy consumption of everyday items such as an electric bulb, iPod and computer.
  • Promoting science and engineering careers in energy
    Additionally to the Big Bang Fair, the EI contributed a segment to a one-hour programme commissioned by the IET and produced by ITN to promote engineering among younger people.  Anchored by Natasha Kaplinsky, the documentary entitled “Working to Engineer a Better World” features a case study of EI member Emily Spearman CEng, an interview with CEO Louise Kingham OBE FEI and members interviews carried out at an EI centenary debate on engineering and science in energy.  The programme was premiered at the IET Awards and can be viewed on their website.  The EI-specific segment will also be disseminated across all EI communications channels to promote the energy industry as a dynamic sector for young engineers to join.
  •  New EI Award category to celebrate young professionals
    The annual EI Awards recognise innovation and excellence in industry around categories such as communication, safety, environment, technology and innovation.  This year, a new category was introduced to celebrate young industry achievers.  The first winner of the “Young Energy Professional of the Year” award was Jaz Rabadia MEI Chartered Energy Manager, who received her trophy from TV broadcaster and presenter Huw Edwards.

Delivering and promoting good practice

Other highlights

  • Centenary celebration
    In addition to the Centenary messages, films and interviews mentioned earlier, the EI celebrated its 100th Anniversary as follows:
    • Roadshows: working with the EI branch and Learning Affiliate members networks, the EI travelled across the UK and beyond to reach out to its members and the energy industry community to introduce its latest products and services and host centenary drinks reception which enabled guests to meet with EI HQ staff and network.  Locations visited include: Hong Kong, Newcastle, Cardiff, Aberdeen, Leicester and Belfast.  The roadshow will continue to travel in the New Year with celebrations taking place in Hull, Dubai, Malaysia and Nigeria.
    • The EI sponsored the Parliamentary Group for Energy Studies Summer Reception at the House of Commons on 8 July, hosted by Ian Liddell-Grainger MP and featuring Katrina Williams, Director General for International, Science and Resilience at the UK’s Department of Energy and Climate Change and EI President Ian Marchant FEI as keynote speakers.
    • A series of infographics illustrating the value of energy in society – one describing the progress made over 100 years in transport and communications, which has turned planet earth into a global village, and two highlighting the gap between the highest and lowest electricity consuming nations in the world has been developed for publication in the EI magazines Energy World and Petroleum Review.  The final infographic on this second theme will be published in February.
    • The magazines also featured a double page spread paying tribute to past Presidents of the EI and its predecessor organisations over the century.  Testimonials from some of these eminent members of the energy industry provided an enlightening insight into how this professional body and the industry it serves have evolved since 1914.
    • Acknowledging the contribution of our members has been an important aspect of the celebrations and all professional members of the EI received a thank you letter and token of appreciation from current President Ian Marchant FEI for their support alongside their December magazine.
  • Magazine redesign
    Following on from the EI brand refresh of 2013, the EI magazines Energy World and Petroleum Review underwent a similar process to modernise their look and feel and  make them more user-friendly and engaging.  We hope you like the new design.


  • Energy Barometer
    In January, the EI will launch a
    new initiative to give a voice to the opinions and insight of energy professionals. The Energy Barometer will consist of annual surveys of energy issues, drawing on the collective knowledge and experience of our most valued asset, our members, to inform energy policy on a regular basis.
  • Refurbishment
    Work on refurbishing the EI’s premises in London to make them more energy-efficient and provide better facilities for members to engage with their professional body and for staff to develop products and services will commence next year.  The refurbishment will take place gradually across various sections of the building, with the work expected to take around ten months to complete.


Membership statistics
Welcome to those who joined us in 2014

New individual members: 3,644
New Company Members: 23
New Learning Affiliates: 7
New EI Partners/Technical partners: 3