The Energy Institute & COVID-19

Message from the Chief Executive

While the world’s populations minimise their movements to limit the spread of COVID-19, many in the energy sector workforce are continuing 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.

In line with the advice of the UK Government, the EI staff team in London has moved to homeworking. This should largely be invisible to you - you can contact us as you would normally by email, phone, 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.

The main impact of social distancing measures is on our physical gatherings. We will not be holding face-to-face events, meetings or training in the UK at least until the end of May. Where we can, we are moving them online; where this is not possible, they are being rescheduled, or in some cases cancelled. Participants are being informed directly.

Activities in other parts of the world will depend on local advice and the website will be kept up to date so you can check there for the latest information.

We apologise for any disruption and hope you will bear with us as we adjust our activities.

While for most people COVID-19 may not result in a serious illness, we are taking these precautionary steps in line with the latest official guidance. 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 the link below to our Benevolent Fund, 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 ways in which you may be able to assist in the response to the pandemic, as well as recommended reading and listening you may find interesting if you are staying at home for the foreseeable future.

We will 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

The Royal Academy of Engineering is calling for innovative ideas https://www.raeng.org.uk/policy/engineering-response-to-covid-19

Call for business to help make NHS ventilators https://www.gov.uk/government/news/production-and-supply-of-ventilators-and-ventilator-components

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/ and https://coronavirus-volunteers.co.uk/ and https://www.volunteernow.co.uk/coronavirus-covid-19-situation/

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

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

Oil and 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

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

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

Business support from HM 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 . Includes daily webinars 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

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