Looking back to look forward
An overview of the EI's centenary and heritage published in the January issue of Energy World and Petroleum Review. In March, we published reflections from former Presidents on their time in office.
"Looking back to look forward" interviews with Walt Patterson FEI, Associate Fellow in Energy, Chatham House; Nick Winser 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 OBE FEI and past EI President Joan MacNaughton CB HonFEI, in which they reflect on how events of the past can inform the future. Energy World editor Steve Hodgson reflects on the views expressed in his centenary interviews analysis "Looking forward with optimism".
a roadshow to reach out to our global membership, via our branch and Learning Affiliates networks. The first roadshow took place at the Idris Jones Lecture hosted in Cardiff by the EI South Western and South Wales branch in February. Another very successful roadshow took place at Newcastle University in July. Other locations visited include Hong Kong, Leicester, Aberdeen, Lagos (Nigeria) and Hull. The Centenary was also marked at the 2014 Northern Ireland branch dinner in Belfast.
sponsorship of the Parliamentary Group for Energy Studies Summer Reception on 8 July 2014, 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 high profile conference on bringing systems thinking into energy policy, in partnership with Elsevier, which took place on 24-25 June in London
- a campaign to raise awareness of the value of energy among the general public, especially young people. As part of this campaign, the EI was present at the UK Young Scientists and Engineers' Fair, better known as the Big Bang Fair, which was attended by over 75,000 schoolchildren, students, their teachers, parents and career advisors on 13-16 March in Birmingham.
- The promotion of engineering and other STEM skills to young people through the production of a video "Working to engineer a better world" in partnership with the IET and ITN fronted by Natasha Kaplinski and the hosting of a high profile "Engineering and science in energy" centenary debate to inspire the new generation of energy engineers.
- the publication of three infographics illustrating the value of energy in society:
When Earth became a global village
A review of how energy supported human progress in travel and communications over the past century
Electricity consumption across the world:
two parts illustrating consumption levels in 2010 among developed and develping countries.
Part 1 - the largest consumers
Part 2 - the lowest consumers