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Activities report 2017

Energy Institute 2017 Activity Report

It’s been a very busy year for the Energy Institute delivering on its objectives of gathering and sharing essential knowledge about energy, the skills that help us use it more wisely, and the good practice that keeps it safe and secure.

Supporting professionals across the energy system…

Technical publications - the EI’s Technical team produced over 50 resources in 2017, bolstering its upstream oil and gas offering with six new guidance documents focusing on corrosion management, ageing plant and asset life extension. The independent audit of the EI’s technical work programme demonstrated a return on investment of between 35/1 and 140/1 through safety and efficiency improvements to EI partners’ operations.

New member grade - A new membership grade, Associate Member (AMEI), was introduced in the autumn, replacing the Graduate grade. Associate membership is for those who plan to work towards professional qualifications. The change follows feedback from members, who told us that the Graduate title often did not properly reflect where they were in their career.

Online resources - a new Skills Collection was added to the EI website, to support those working towards professional registration or changing careers with topics including data protection, ethics, finance, intellectual property, leadership, mentoring and people management. Other new online resources were also developed in line with topics identified by the Energy Advisory Policy, which promote the transition to a lower carbon economy. And, in advance of a new website being launched in 2018, work has been undertaken this year to improve the EI’s digital presence.

Offshore wind - the G+ Global Offshore Wind Health and Safety Organisation continues to support the offshore wind industry with free annual health and safety statistic reports and Safe by Design workshops, this year including recommendations from a workshop held in light of a fatal incident on an onshore wind turbine in Germany.

POWERful Women – thementoring programme has continued to grow and now has many senior industry figures who are mentoring women in middle management roles. This year six POWERful Connections breakfasts, two speed mentoring sessions, two dinners for the Ambassadors programme and one reception for Ambassadors programme were held in locations across the UK. A ministerial dinner, attended by Claire Perry, Minister for Climate Change and Industry, was held with CEOs to discuss gender diversity, as well as the organisation’s third annual reception in the House of Lords, featuring a keynote address from Alex Chisholm, Permanent Secretary for the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy. The POWERful Women community now numbers 1300 people, up from around 400 when started 3 years ago.

Activity around the world…

IP Week - IP Week continues to promote the EI’s role within the global energy sector, with the 2017 event including many high-profile international figures speaking such as Mohammad Sanusi Barkindo (OPEC’s Secretary General); Dr Hoesung Lee (Chair, IPCC); Patricia Espinosa (Executive Secretary, UNFCCC); Dr Mohammed Bin Saleh Al-Sada (Minister for Energy and Industry, State of Qatar); and Saif Humaid Al Falasi FEI (Group Chief Executive Officer, Emirates National Oil Company).

EI Awards - entries from a record 29 countries were submitted to the Energy Institute (EI) Awards 2017, showcasing the global talent of the energy sector at this prestigious event.

Middle East HSE Forum - new in 2017, the HSE Forum was held in Dubai in association with the Emirates National Oil Company. The international technical forum on health, safety and environment brought together research, academia, industry, regulators and government.

Middle East - a new partnership with the UAE Government to roll out energy efficiency techniques across the region was agreed with the Environment Agency Abu Dhabi (EAD). The pilot has been designed to provide an understanding of energy management with a focus on the practical skills required to conduct an energy audit and identify energy efficiencies.

Nigeria -the EI successfully delivered the Graduate Engineering Training Scheme project. The pilot phase of the project focussed on addressing the power gaps in Nigeria using conventional and non- conventional sources of energy, with beneficiaries of the scheme being mentored by industries professionals and offered internship opportunities.

Singapore - work continues to strengthen the EI’s presence in Singapore, with memoranda of understanding signed with the Sustainable Energy Association Singapore and Singapore Chemical Industries Council, both of which will see the EI collaborate on energy management skills and expertise.

Ireland2050 – the EI has continued to support the Ireland2050 project, now entering the second phase of its implementation, which tells the story of the Irish energy industry as well as its potential energy future through a specially designed energy calculator. 

Engaging in the public policy debate…

Energy Barometer - the third annual Energy Barometer report was published, with findings on Brexit, energy policy, emissions targets and skills. The 2017 report was covered by a range of media outlets, including the BBC, The Times, The Guardian and the Financial Times and was mentioned in the House of Lords. The report was used as a key platform to engage in the public policy debate throughout the year and was presented to audiences at EI evening lectures, branch meetings and a number of industry events.

Consultations - the EI responded to a number of government consultations in 2017, including on Brexit-related energy security and the call for evidence by the Migration Advisory Committee on EEA-workers in the UK labour market. The EI is also contributing to the Grenfell Tower Inquiry, providing support through the Hearts and Minds safety culture toolkit and by providing an expert to sit on the inquiry panel.

Industrial Strategy - to help support the development of the UK Government’s Industrial Strategy consultation, the EI convened an expert roundtable of energy experts for the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy. In addition, the EI contributed to the Engineering the Future policy group, led by the Royal Academy of Engineering, that produced a report calling for energy efficiency to be a priority.

Melchett Award 2017 – the prestigious award was this year presented to Dr Fatih Birol HonFEI, Executive Director of the International Energy Agency. His Melchett Lecture in June was entitled ‘Global Energy Markets and Environment Challenges: Today and Tomorrow’.

STEM - in partnership with Engineering UK and other professional engineering institutions, the EI contributed to the State of Engineering 2017 report, which outlined a mixed picture on the state of engineering in the UK. Positive signs included that engineering and technology degrees were up 9% in 2017 and that increasing numbers of 11-16 year olds were considering a career in engineering, while there was real concern about a potential future shortfall of at least 20,000 annually.

NASA - “Inspiring the next generation” was the topic for discussion at the Aberdeen, Highlands & Islands annual dinner, which included NASA astronaut Rick Hieb, NASA scientist Dr Sue Lederer, Chevron Upstream Europe Managing Director Greta Lydecker and Statoil UK Managing Director Hedda Felin among the speakers.

Energy lecture - Professor Sir David King FRS HonFEI, then the Foreign Secretary’s Special Representative for Climate Change, delivered a lecture entitled “Post Paris Energy Transition” to the Aberdeen, Highlands & Islands branch.

Downstream oil and gas - the EI Retail Marketing Survey 2017 was published, outlining that the UK fuel retail sector may have turned a corner, with the long-term trend of forecourt closures stabilising.


Energy policy events - throughout the year, the EI held free monthly lectures covering topics such as energy for transport, renewable heat, the 2017 Energy Barometer, natural gas in heavy duty vehicles and bioenergy efficiency. The quarterly energy policy debates covered policy issues such as government’s industrial strategy, impacts of Brexit, security of gas supply and the electrification of the UK energy system.