Activities report 2015
A year after celebrating its centenary, the Energy Institute (EI) in 2015 has embarked on a major refurbishment of its London home to provide 21st century facilities to all and enable the growth of the EI’s activities as the leading professional body for those working in or studying energy.
Simultaneously to the refurbishment, the EI’s strategic objectives remain to develop and share knowledge, skills and good practice towards a safe, secure, sustainable and affordable energy system. Here are some highlights of our achievements in 2015 in support of those objectives:
- Launch of the Energy Barometer
This initiative aims to capture and share the views of a college of EI professional members on a yearly basis to inform UK energy policy and stimulate the energy debate. The first Energy Barometer report, launched at the House of Commons in June, highlighted the need for policy continuity, low carbon investment, public engagement and knowledge transfer and retention. The report was shared with and welcomed by government officials, industry and other key stakeholders - the Energy Barometer is expected to assist in tracking trends and assessing progress towards recommendations year on year, as well as helping to steer the EI's future direction.
- Energy Essentials guides
Following publication of the Shale Gas guide in 2014, the EI has extended the Energy Essentials Guides series to Energy Management and Wind Power. These are due to be published before the end of the year to provide authoritative, evidence-based and peer-reviewed information on those very topical subjects.
The annual Retail Marketing Survey was published in April and provided a comprehensive, statistical overview of the UK forecourt market, while the Energy Efficiency supplement , published in October, reviewed finance, investment and human behaviour as the main barriers to the success of current energy efficiency projects.
- Diversity campaign
The EI has committed to promoting diversity in the energy industry and as part of this engagement manages the POWERful Women (PfW) project. Endorsed by leading energy executives, parliamentarians and major energy companies, PfW runs a mentoring programme to support women towards senior management roles in the sector. In addition, the EI has signed the Science Council’s Declaration on Diversity, Equality and Inclusion, and seen the proportion of women sitting on its Council rise to 30% as a result of the 2015 AGM elections.
- Events programme
In 2015, the EI hosted over 100 events reaching out to around 5,000 delegates across its national and international network. These ranged in size from branch lectures to 1-to-3- day conferences. Highlights included a very successful International Petroleum Week which welcomed Ben Van Beurden, CEO of Royal Dutch Shell, Igor Sechin, CEO of Rosneft, and Maria Van Den Hoeven, then Executive Director of the International Energy Agency, among a prestigious line-up of speakers. Malcolm Brinded CBE FREng FEI received the Cadman Medal and gave a powerful lecture on "global solutions to global energy challenges", and the Petroleum Geology Conference celebrated 50 years of the first North Sea field discovery. Other events covered topics ranging from energy efficiency to process safety, asset integrity, human factors, heat and the impact of the UK general elections on the UK energy scene. Over the years, the EI has also established itself as a leader in hosting high quality, hands-on technical events, such as the visit to the DART facilities at the Robert Gordon University in Aberdeen, demonstrating human factors in practice.
- Online content and resources
The EI knowledge bank continues to grow with 5,000 records added to the Energy Matrix and the launch of EBSCO Discovery Complete, which provides access to several million records, including academic abstracts and papers.
- Online information collections
To facilitate access to the EI’s extensive energy knowledge resources, the Knowledge Service has created online “collections” which bring together all the content, data and materials relating to a specific topic. Current collections cover: shale gas, offshore wind (which includes materials from an exclusive partnership with the Crown Estate), road fuels, refining and working offshore.
- ESOS/Energy efficiency campaign
The EI has actively worked to encourage large organisations to comply with the mandatory UK Government Energy Savings Opportunity Scheme (ESOS), which is Britain’s response to Article 8 of an EU Directive to reduce carbon emissions by 20% by 2020, and promote energy efficiency more broadly. A promotional video was produced, as well as a dedicated Energy Efficiency supplement distributed with the EI magazine Energy World, and editorial in both national and trade publications. The EI has also developed specific tools to support both organisations and lead assessors in applying ESOS, such as the ESOS toolkit, briefings and a range of training courses (see below). Those on the EI's Registers of Professional Energy Consultants and Chartered Energy Managers continue to be the most highly qualified to support companies through EOS and go one better by implementing good practice.
- Energy Management training
Demand for energy management training continues to rise and the EI has responded by expanding its offer further– especially around ESOS and ISO 50001 implementation. Additionally, Level 1 of the Certificate in Energy Management has been refreshed to provide the most up-to-date data to students, with Levels 2 and 3 scheduled for review in 2016. The EI has also launched an online Learning Centre.
- Promoting science and engineering careers in energy
The EI once again participated to the Big Bang Fair to promote STEM disciplines and energy careers to 7-19 year-olds. The 2015 event welcomed over 70,000 visitors, of which 3,000 were teachers and 10,000 parents. Attendance at the EI stand was boosted by the presence of Young Professionals Network representatives providing great inspiration to the young visitors.
- Acre partnership
The EI is collaborating with specialist recruitment agency Acre to provide a continuous career support service – from qualifications to top jobs – to EI members. Since 2003, Acre has placed many of the world’s leading professionals within the energy management and carbon space.
- International branch development
A new international branch has been launched in Singapore, creating a seventh centre for members working outside of the UK, alongside the Middle East, Malaysia, Nigeria, Hong Kong, Republic of Ireland and the Netherlands.
- Young Professionals Network
The Young Professionals Network (YPN) continues to grow thanks to dedicated committee members working with local branches to organise networking events in their region.
The EI continues to support the work of the G9 Offshore Wind Health and Safety Association, and has published its second annual incident data report providing the latest figures on reported incidents in 2014. EDF ER is the latest member to join the Association.
- ESOS Lead Assessors
The EI now has a total of 228 Lead Assessors through its EA-approved registers of professional energy consultant (RPEC) and Chartered Energy Managers. The strict criteria of expertise required to join the EI registers means that the EI provides the best qualified Lead Assessors on the market.
- Technical guidance
30 good practice guidelines were published in 2015, covering upstream and downstream oil and gas, power generation and offshore wind. This includes guidance on process safety, hazardous area classification, test methods, petroleum handling and measurement, storage and distribution, human factors, change management, health and fitness, climatic factors and a review on the ageing workforce. Two e-learning tools were launched: Learning from Incidents (part of the Hearts and Minds toolkit) and Environmental Awareness for Offshore Installations.
The EI reviewed the academic programmes of 18 universities, including Imperial College (London), University of Aberdeen and Heriot-Watt University (Edinburgh). Three companies - Norwell, Astrimar and Plant Integrity Management - were also visited for accreditation of their graduate training schemes.
- Energy Barometer 2016
Work has started towards compiling the next Energy Barometer survey, which will involve the work of the EI College of Professional members in the first part of the year. Questions are being sought from key stakeholders such as DECC to develop the value and impact of the report, which will be published mid-year.
- Energy Systems conference
The second Energy Systems Conference, held in partnership with Elsevier, will take place in June 2016. It will bring together academia, industry and policy makers to explore the most suitable and efficient ways to design and build better and more sustainable energy systems. Outcomes will be published to provide recommendations for policy and decision makers.
- Understanding Your Energy Management Culture tool
One of the biggest challenges facing energy managers is the need to understand and change organisational culture and behaviour. In 2016, the EI will work on the development of a new energy management tool based on the Hearts and Minds operational safety toolkit - an industry-proven safety improvement tool that not only engages workforces, but enables them to identify how to improve though focused and structured discussions.