The Energy Institute & COVID-19

Message from the Chief Executive

While the world’s populations continue to minimise their movements to limit the spread of COVID-19, the energy sector workforce continues to play an indispensable role keeping supplies of fuel and electricity flowing. I’m proud to work in a sector that routinely delivers for all our day-to-day lives. The Energy Institute is here for you – our members, partners and customers.

In these exceptional times, we are taking steps to ensure the well-being of our staff and volunteers, while at the same time continuing to provide, as far as possible, the products and services you expect. You can contact us as you would normally by email, phone or live chat on our homepage, and continue to use all of our digital services. The library in London is temporarily closed but the e-library is as ever available 24/7 for hundreds of books and millions of articles.

We will not be holding face-to-face events, meetings or training in the UK in 2020. Where we can, we are moving them online; where this is not possible, they are being rescheduled, or in some cases cancelled. Activities in other parts of the world will depend on local advice and the website is being kept up to date.

For advice on the virus and ways to avoid contracting or spreading it, please consult the health advice links on this page. I’d also like to point EI members to EI Enable below, which offers 24/7 access to confidential advice and support on any financial, legal or personal issues you may be facing.

I hope you find the other materials on this page useful too, including our recommended reading and listening list, which is being updated weekly.

We will continue to keep all of this updated as the situation evolves. In the meantime, I hope you and your families stay safe and well.

Louise Kingham OBE FEI

Sources of information and advice

EI Enable 24 hour helpline and website - free support for members of the EI https://www.energyinst.org/membership-and-careers/ei-enable

HM government general advice on COVID-19 https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus

NHS advice on COVID-19 https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-COVID-19/

NHS and Every Mind Matters - mental wellbeing while saying at home https://www.nhs.uk/oneyou/every-mind-matters/coronavirus-covid-19-staying-at-home-tips/

HM Government advice and mental health and wellbeing - https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-guidance-for-the-public-on-mental-health-and-wellbeing/guidance-for-the-public-on-the-mental-health-and-wellbeing-aspects-of-coronavirus-covid-19

Advice from the World Health Organisation (WHO)  https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019

Health and Safety Executive – latest information and advice https://www.hse.gov.uk/news/coronavirus.htm

Citizens Advice Bureau - guidance if Coronavirus means you cant pay your bills https://www.citizensadvice.org.uk/debt-and-money/if-you-cant-pay-your-bills-because-of-coronavirus/

The Physiological Society COVID-19 hub https://www.physoc.org/covid19/

The Society of Occupational Medicine COVID-19 page https://www.som.org.uk/coronavirus-resources.php

The Royal Academy of Engineering has an engineering X pandemic preparedness grant call out https://www.raeng.org.uk/global/international-partnerships/engineering-x/engineering-x-pandemic

UKRI has a call out for proposals addressing and mitigating the health, social, economic, cultural and environmental impacts of the COVID-19 outbreak https://www.ukri.org/funding/funding-opportunities/ukri-open-call-for-research-and-innovation-ideas-to-address-covid-19/

British Red Cross https://www.redcross.org.uk/about-us/what-we-do/uk-emergency-response/coronavirus

Covid-19 mutual aid local volunteering https://covidmutualaid.org/

Donate to the Crowdfunding page to provide PPE for health workers https://www.crowdfunder.co.uk/masks4nhsheroes

How you can help following the COVID-19 outbreak – details of initiatives to support others during the outbreak – via Justgiving https://www.justgiving.com/how-to-help/covid-19

#Printforvictory is helping individuals to print 3D face shields for healthcare workers https://printforvictory.org/

The Energy Institute has produced a 'Bow Tie' risk management methodology for COVID-19 https://blog.energyinst.org/2020/03/31/how-a-bow-tie-can-help-fight-covid-19/

The Energy Institute has produced a framework to assist organisations when planning to return to normal operations post COVID-19 COVID-19: the new normal

SafetyOn has produced a guidance note regarding site operations and activities in the onshore wind sector https://safetyon.com/__data/assets/pdf_file/0011/724862/COVID-19-SafetyOn-Industry-Note-v3_20200417.pdf

Energy UK – the trade association for the GB energy industry https://www.energy-uk.org.uk/

Oil & Gas UK - UK representative body for offshore oil and gas- COVID-19 hub https://oilandgasuk.co.uk/covid-19/

Ofgem - GB Office of Gas and Electricity Markets – COVID-19 pages https://www.ofgem.gov.uk/coronavirus-covid-19

BSI COVID-19 risk management and business continuity standards https://www.bsigroup.com/en-GB/topics/novel-coronavirus-covid-19/risk-management-and-business-continuity/

International Energy Agency (IEA) COVID-19 page exploring the impacts of the pandemic on markets, energy resilience and climate change https://www.iea.org/topics/covid-19

Health Protection Scotland has produced guidance for prevention and management of cases of COVID-19 on offshore installations https://www.hps.scot.nhs.uk/web-resources-container/guidance-for-prevention-and-management-of-cases-of-covid-19-on-offshore-installations/

The Parliamentary Office of Science & Technology (POST) has issued a series of reports on CoVid-19 https://post.parliament.uk/category/analysis/covid-19/

Sustainability First are holding an essay competition for students, asking 'how do we build from the current coronavirus crisis towards a more sustainable future?' https://sustainabilityfirst.org.uk/bridging-corona/essay-prize

ACAS COVID-19 advice for employers and employees https://www.acas.org.uk/coronavirus

HM government general advice on COVID-19 https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus

Additional government resources to support your business https://www.gov.uk/guidance/additional-government-resources-to-support-your-business-during-coronavirus-disruptions

COVID-19: Your rights at work https://www.unison-ni.org.uk/coronavirus-your-rights-work

Redundancy:your rights - advice from the gov.uk site https://www.gov.uk/redundancy-your-rights

Guidance on leaving a job, including as a result of redundancy from the CAB  https://www.gov.uk/redundancy-your-rights

Business support from the UK Government https://www.businesssupport.gov.uk/

Advice to businesses https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/guidance-to-employers-and-businesses-about-COVID-19

HMRC tax helpline to businesses affected by COVID-19 https://www.gov.uk/government/news/tax-helpline-to-support-businesses-affected-by-coronavirus-COVID-19

Advice from Companies House https://www.gov.uk/government/news/tax-helpline-to-support-businesses-affected-by-coronavirus-COVID-19

Guidance to help insurance customers from the Associate of British Insurers (ABI) https://www.gov.uk/government/news/tax-helpline-to-support-businesses-affected-by-coronavirus-COVID-19

Information from the British Business Bank on the COVID-19 Business Interruption Loan Scheme https://www.british-business-bank.co.uk/ourpartners/supporting-business-loans-enterprise-finance-guarantee/enterprise-finance-guarantee-efg-delivery-partners/

CBI COVID-19 hub - what you need to know about the virus and how it will impact your business https://www.cbi.org.uk/coronavirus-hub/support-for-business/

Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) advice for SMEs and the self employed https://www.fsb.org.uk/campaign-listing.html

Association of Independent Professionals and the Self Employed (IPSE) COVID-19 hub https://www.ipse.co.uk/covid19-hub.html

ACAS COVID-19 advice for employers and employees https://www.acas.org.uk/coronavirus

CIPD guidance for UK employers on COVID-19 including the Employers Response Guide https://www.cipd.co.uk/knowledge/fundamentals/emp-law/health-safety/coronavirus-factsheet

CIPD redundancy advice on alternative approaches to redundancy, and on managing the redundancy process when unavoidable https://www.cipd.co.uk/knowledge/fundamentals/emp-law/redundancy/factsheet

Gov.uk advice on making staff redundant https://www.gov.uk/staff-redundant

Online events and training

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Level 1: Certificate in Energy Management Essentials

This 60-hour online course provides participants with all the essential knowledge and skills they need to save energy, reduce operational costs and carbon emissions, comply with legislation and meet their organisation's environmental goals.

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Level 2: Energy Management Professional

A 200-hour online course and qualification providing all the knowledge and skills required of a professional energy manager. This is the EI’s most extensive energy management training offer, covering more than 20 different topic areas.

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EnergyAware

This EI certified, innovative 30-minute online tool will help your staff create a customised, actionable checklist of behaviour changes and smart technology decisions that they can take away and implement, in order to reduce energy usage. Depending on the size of your organisation, prices start from just 30p per user.

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Corrosion Under Insulation

This online course was developed by INSPECTEGRITY in a project supported by the Oil & Gas Technology Centre (OGTC) and will be enable delegates to: understand how Corrosion Under Insulation (CUI) occurs, understand why CUI is such a threat to asset Integrity, and know where to look and what to look for.

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Shorter online courses

With over 50 options to choose from, courses include Energy Management, Risk Management, Environmental Awareness and more. You can search by keyword on the left-hand side.

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Reading and listening from the EI

Martin Maeso

Guiding the energy transition

The EI’s collaborative ethos is paying off in CCUS, hydrogen and the low carbon transition, explains EI Technical Director Martin Maeso.

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COVID 19 Managing Project Supply Chain Disruption, Delays, and Claims

The panel addressed the immediate impacts of COVID-19, including delays, disruption, and scaling back on investments. The session explored the problems and concerns that owners and contractors are facing during the crisis and covered the range of contractual/legal rights and remedies open to them, before looking at what we might see in the foreseeable future.

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Fit for the Future: Conducting Business During COVID-19 and Beyond

COVID-19 has severely impacted the energy industry, disrupting business-as-usual around the globe. What lessons have been learnt from this disruption so far and how will this experience reshape the energy landscape? How is it affecting energy transition, and how are organisations dealing with business continuity under Covid-19 and preparing for recovery?

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EI in Westminster and Whitehall

At a special meeting of the Parliamentary Group on Energy Studies entitled ‘Success at COP26 starts at home: leading by example on net zero’, the EI convened an expert panel to present the findings of this year’s Energy Barometer. EI Chief Executive Louise Kingham was joined by Steve Holliday FREng FEI, President of the EI, and Professor Robert Gross FEI, EI Council Member and Director of the UK Energy Research Centre.

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Covid-19 could accelerate pace of change on inclusive workplaces

UK energy leaders are accelerating change to their employees’ working practices in response to the Covid-19 crisis and this can support the development of the talent and skills needed for the energy transition, a new report published today by POWERful Women reveals. ‘Bringing Gender Diversity and Inclusion Commitments to Life’ 1  is the Second Anniversary Report of the Energy Leaders’ Coalition

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