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Centenary programme

Looking back to look forward

On 5 March 1914, Sir Boverton Redwood opened the inaugural meeting of the Institution of Petroleum Technologists as its newly-elected President, declaring that the aim of the institution was ‘to determine the hallmark of proficiency in connection with our profession’.  This was the momentous event that would eventually lead to the birth of the Energy Institute (EI).
A century later, we continue to carry the flag for professionalism, this time across the whole of the energy industry, supporting its people and companies to achieve excellence in their field for the benefit of society. 
To celebrate this milestone, we have produced this short film illustrating how energy has supported human progress in areas such as transport, health, manufacturing and communications over the past 100 years.

We were also proud to receive a congratulatory message from our Royal Patron HRH The Queen and a video birthday message from HRH The Prince of Wales:

To mark our Centenary and acknowledge our members' contribution to our work, we ran a programme of activities throughout 2014 and into 2015, focusing on the theme of ‘Looking back to look forward’.
These included:
  • 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

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Read 1914-2014 - When Earth became a global village

Electricity consumption across the world:
two parts illustrating consumption levels in 2010 among developed and develping countries.

Part 1 - the largest consumers

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Read Global electricity consumption 2010 - Part 1: the largest consumers

Part 2 - the lowest consumers

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Read Global electricity consumption 2010 - Part 2: the lowest consumers 

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