Media releases

Update regarding the Energy Institute and Covid-19

18-03-2020

In light of developments in relation to Covid-19 and efforts around the world to control its spread, I am writing to you as a member of the Energy Institute to provide an update on how our work is impacted.

In these exceptional times, we are taking steps to ensure the safety and wellbeing of our staff and volunteers, while at the same time continuing to provide, as far as possible, our services to members, partners and customers.

In line with the advice of the UK Government, the EI staff team in London has moved to homeworking until further notice. In most respects this should 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 as usual.

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 physical events and meetings. We will not be holding face-to-face events, meetings or training in the UK at least until the end of April. Where we can, we are moving them online; where this is not possible, they are being postponed and rescheduled for a later date, or in some cases cancelled. Participants are also 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 adapt 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 comprehensive NHS web page or the health authorities in your part of the world.

Finally, in this period of uncertainty, I’d like to take this opportunity to remind you about the service provided to members of the EI via our Benevolent Fund, which offers 24/7 access to confidential advice and support on any financial, legal or personal issues you may be facing. Visit www.energyinst.org/membership-and-careers/benevolent-fund or call free on (+44) 0300 303 4331.

We will keep you updated as the situation evolves.  In the meantime I hope you stay safe and well.

Best wishes,

Louise Kingham OBE FEI
Chief Executive, Energy Institute