Activities report 2016
The year 2016 saw the completion of the refurbishment of the EI's premises at 61 New Cavendish Street, London and we would like to thank our members for their contributions to our fundraising efforts towards this project. We are now the proud occupants of a building which offers modern facilities that will greatly improve our visitors' experience and enable us to serve our members more efficiently. To mark this milestone, the EI took part for the first time in the London’s Open House initiative in September, opening its doors to over 150 visitors and producing a brochure capturing the building's historical and architectural heritage and highlighting the environmental and energy efficiency benefits of the refurbishment.
Meanwhile, the EI continued to promote knowledge, skills and good practice for public good and here are some of the main highlights.
- 2016 Energy Barometer outcomes
The second Energy Barometer report, launched in June, focused on both ongoing energy themes such as the impact of policy uncertainly on investment in the sector and topical issues such as low oil prices, the Paris climate change agreement and the UK’s EU referendum. The aim of this annual survey is to give a voice to energy professionals to stimulate the energy debate, share expertise and inform government thinking. The launch of the 2016 Energy Barometer report received unprecedented media coverage including BBC online and radio, the Guardian and Daily Telegraph. The survey’s findings were further explored through a high profile debate chaired by BBC Business and Energy Editor John Moylan that focused on the Brexit questions, and subsequently presented to the All-Party Parliamentary Group for Energy Studies (PGES) by EI President Prof Jim Skea CBE FEI and Dr Joanne Wade FEI, Chair of the EI's Energy Advisory Panel.
- Additional knowledge resources
As part of the Energy Essentials series, EI published a guide to energy management introducing the subject as well as discussing international standards and explaining how to implement and maintain an energy management system in an organisation. EI also launched an online Aviation Fuel Collection featuring technical publications, training opportunities and relevant contacts, as well as access to a simulation showing all commercial flights worldwide, during a 24 hour period. There are now nine such specially-curated collections on the EI knowledge website, ranging from offshore wind to road fuels, energy management and refining.
- Improved access to online editorial and publishing
The EI magazines Energy World and Petroleum Review have been given a new home on the EI knowledge websiteto offer a more user-friendly, intuitive and versatile platform for the EI's editorial content. Users can now not only download their monthly publications, but can also search articles and archives by subject and access the online collections. The EI also improved access to its online publications to broaden the range of technical material on offer. The revamped site features improvements to the search engine function and enhancements to its topic collection. The website is now also fully responsive and mobile-friendly, making it accessible whilst on the go.
- Events programme
In 2016, the EI hosted over 100 events, ranging from evening lectures to three-day conferences. Among the main highlights was International Petroleum Week in February, which featured prestigious speakers including Rosneft’s Igor Sechin, Professor Sir David King FRS HonFEI, Patrick Pouyanné, Chairman and CEO, Total and Bob Dudley FEI, Group Chief Executive BP, who discussed climate change challenges in light of the Paris Conference outcomes. The second Energy Systems Conference, organised in partnership with Elsevier, brought together researchers, academics, industry representatives and policymakers to explore the most efficient way to design, finance and implement a sustainable energy system, as well as examine the global drivers affecting the energy system including government policy, climate change commitments and resource constraints. The 2016 EI energy policy debates series covered the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) investigation, the disruptive technologies most likely to help meet carbon budgets, investment in gas generation and power market interconnections. The evening lectures, sponsored by the Energy Technologies Institute, covered many topics including bionenergy, nuclear, the impact of Brexit on North Sea oil and floating wind solutions. EI branches continued to organise local lectures on a broad range of topics as well as technical visits such as E-ON’s Renewable Energy CHP Plant, GB- Sol a solar panel manufacturer and CHC’s helicopter maintenance and engineering facility, which serves offshore gas installations.
- YPN network expansion
There are now seven Young Professionals Networks (YPNs) affiliated to EI branches, with the EI’s Yorkshire and Humberside branch establishing their YPN in January. This particular group seeks to link academia with the large industrial presence in the region and arrange technical visits, allowing students to witness the energy industry in action. The network is set up to support graduates, students and individuals in the early stages of their career. YPN activities in 2016 included technical visits to the SITA energy from waste plant and the Offshore Renewable Energy (ORE) Catapult, career events and debates discussing topics such as sector collaboration and nuclear power and a range of other networking opportunities. The London and Home Counties YPN organised its first full day inspire conference featuring ten speakers sharing their aspirational stories, not only in the energy industry but also within the wider community.
- Extended training portfolio
EI has launched a new online qualification; Level 2: Energy Management Professional to its energy management training portfolio. The course offers a comprehensive overview of all the knowledge and skills required of a professional energy manager. Participants must complete 15 modules on a variety of topics before carrying out a feasibility study to resolve a real business issue within their organisation.
- Continuing Professional Development (CPD) Programme overseas
The EI's promotion of continuing professional development was galvanised in Nigeria with the launch of the branch's Continuing Professional Development (CPD) programme and mentoring scheme. Enrolled members are supported by a structured curriculum to develop individual competencies and ensure they continue to meet professional standards. The points-based training programme includes courses on energy management, finance, technical and soft skills.
- International branch development
The number of international branches that are supported by dedicated EI directors has grown to four, with the development of EI Singapore alongside EI Middle East, EI Nigeria and EI Malaysia, delivering events and professional development support for local members. The EI is now looking to the Caribbean for further expansion. Meanwhile, volunteer-driven branches in the Republic of Ireland (ROI) and Hong Kong continue to thrive in support of energy professionals in these regions. EI ROI distinguished themselves this year with the launch of an interactive knowledge website, Ireland2050, which tells the story of the Irish energy industry and enables users to foresee the future using a calculator adapted from the UK My2050 tool launched by DECC a few years ago to the Irish energy scene.
- Promoting diversity in the energy industry
As part of the POWERful Women initiative managed by the EI since 2014, the EI hosted a roundtable discussion on ‘The importance of women in energy’. Co-chaired by US Deputy Secretary of Energy, Dr Elizabeth Sherwood-Randall and EI’s Chief Executive, Louise Kingham OBE FEI, the debate highlighted the barriers and opportunites for women working in the global energy sector. The meeting also marked a commitment to continued dialogue between POWERful Women and the Clean Energy Education and Empowerment (C3E) Program in the US.
- Promoting women engineers
The EI nominated Clare Lavelle CEng MEI Chartered Energy Engineer for the prestigious 2016 Karen Burt Award, which she went on to win. The Award, organised by the Women's Engineering Society and named after the renowned female physicist and engineering champion, recognises the year's best newly qualified woman Chartered Engineer. Its overall aim is to encourage more women to achieve Chartered Engineering status in either engineering, applied science or IT. As a result of her achievement, Clare was interviewed on BBC Radio 4 Woman's Hour and shared her passion for engineering and working in the energy sector with the programme's millions of listeners.
- Partnership to promote ISO 50001
EI has entered a partnership with SGS Academy to offer three new training courses primarily focused on the requirements of ISO- 50001. These courses will help individuals and companies to continually improve their energy performance in line with internationally recognised standards.
- Energy Management conference
As part of the International Festival for Business’ Energy and Environment week organised by the then UK’s Department for Business, Innovation and Skills, the EI hosted a one day event on ‘Energy Management - meeting the standard’. The conference aimed to ensure that the knowledge and skills of energy managers evolves in line with the rest of the sector. Topics covered included the energy market, implementing an energy standard and how to interpret data to measure energy performance.
- Launch of environmental awareness training package
The EI’s Upstream Environmental Group has designed a web-based training package on environmental awareness for the oil and gas industry, covering key industry issues such as regulatory requirements, good practice for environmental management and atmospheric emissions. The group has also developed a video to raise awareness of hazards to the environment and improve prevention of spills. Let’s look at spills can be used during safety meetings and induction briefings, to promote good environmental practice.
During 2016, the EI produced over 50 publications to support the global energy industry. The topics covered included petroleum product storage and distribution, health, environment, testing methodology, measurement, human factors, process safety and asset integrity. Notably, the EI completed its free series of publications helping organisations ensure they meet the expectations set out for each of the 20 elements of the EI’s High level framework for process safety management. Alongside this, the free manual on Learning from incidents, accidents and events was released, reaffirming the EI's position at the forefront of developing accessible HSE good practice guidance for industry.
The EI also continues to be a world class leader in test method development with the publication of the latest edition of IP Standard test methods for analysis and testing of petroleum and related products and British Standard 2000 Parts, 2016. Including 315 full test methods, it is an essential component of any quality control regime for petroleum testing laboratories.
- Technical programme value study
An independent audit of the EI’s technical work programme has demonstrated a return on investment of between 35/1 and 140/1 through safety and efficiency improvements to EI partner’s operations.
The EI reviewed the academic programmes of three universities; Robert Gordon University, Cork Institute of Technology and Sheffield University. There are a further 11 applications in progress.
- 2017 Barometer
Early next year, EI members will be invited to join the EI College and participate in the 2017 Energy Barometer survey. Up to half of the College is refreshed annually to give the opportunity to all EI Fellows, Members and Graduates to contribute, producing an even richer set of results in the report.
- 100-Day Behaviour Change Challenge
The EI’s Behaviour Change Working Group has been calling for energy managers, psychologists, change specialists and end user organisations to get involved in a 100-Day Challenge to implement energy efficiency schemes underpinned by behavioural psychology in organisations in 2017. The programme will highlight how cross-disciplinary approaches can improve energy efficiency whilst reducing environmental impact.
- New video
As the EI grows, so does the need to capture its progress and growing influence in supporting energy professionals. To reflect those advances, the EI will be producing a new video that will reach out to a broader audience and inspire more people to join the energy community as it works to meet society's energy challenges.