Trust in energy: forecasting our uncertain future - May 2018
The Future Energy Leaders held a panel discussion event on the topic of energy forecasting, our ability to predict and plan for short and long term changes in energy demand and supply.
The panel featured leading experts from Shell, the International Energy Agency, World Energy Council and Imperial College London. Discussions explored why previous predictions have been so inaccurate, and how forecasts can influence future directions.
The future of oil and gas in South Africa - June 2017
Energy Centre Board member Professor Jim Petrie hosted a presentation and discussion event on the future of oil and gas in South Africa at the University of Cape Town, South Africa (SA), with participants taking part in person and online.
The event explored the long-term outlook for oil and gas in South Africa, looking at the challenges and opportunities on the horizon for the region and oil and gas' role in the future energy system.
The workshop formed part of a global conversation steered by IChemE to look beyond the immediate challenges for the oil and gas (ONG) industry.
- Professor Stefaan Simons, IChemE Energy Centre Board Chair, Dean of Engineering - Brunel University UK
- Dave Wright, Secretary General - South African National Energy Association
- Sean Johnson, Manager, Unconventional resources - Petroleum Industry Association
- Niall Kramer, CEO - South African Oil and Gas Alliance
- Kevin Baart, Head of Strategic Projects - South African Petroleum Industry Association
- Dr Grové Steyn, CEO - Meridian Economics
Statement on the United States of America's withdrawal from the Paris Agreement - June 2017
Chair of the IChemE Energy Centre Professor Stef Simons responds to America's decision to withdraw from the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change Paris Agreement:
“Donald Trump’s decision to withdraw from the Paris accord poses a significant threat to attempts to limit the global average temperature increases to 2 degrees. Whilst there will no-doubt be ripple effects from this decision the transition to a low-carbon global economy must continue, and the principles of the accord must be upheld by remaining signatories.
“Global leaders must continue to develop a unified and coherent strategy for reducing emissions and moving beyond fossil fuels without the United States’ involvement in the short term, whilst working towards new ways of collaborating with them in the future. Green technology in the US employs more people than in coal; renewables are an emerging sector that will have a positive impact for the economy.
“Whilst their withdrawal from the agreement presents a range of challenges, there is also an opportunity for those countries who remain committed to become leaders in the fields that will be integral to the energy mix in the future. By intensifying research and development efforts and championing technologies such as nuclear energy, carbon capture and storage, energy and resource efficiency and bioenergy, they will be well placed to reap the benefits once the transition occurs.
"The expertise of chemical engineers will play a vital role in these efforts, and IChemE Energy Centre looks forward to supporting them to do so. If the other 146 signatories who have ratified the Agreement hold firm, ultimately it will be the US that lose out.”
UK General Election - May 2015
In light of the UK General Election on 7 May 2015, IChemE's policy team has conducted a brief analysis of the energy and climate change, manufacturing, food, and water policies in the main political parties' manifestos.
IChemE supports and encourages members who seek to connect with election candidates and participate in conversations on public policy issues. Chemical engineering needs good politics and politics needs good chemical engineers.
See below for manifesto digests on these policy areas:
If you have engaged with a parliamentary candidate or have views on any areas of public policy that are relevant to the chemical engineering profession, please contact us.
Note: The Institution of Chemical Engineers develops policy in consultation with its members and other stakeholders. Our policy reflects considered views and interests and is monitored regularly. Due to the nature of the issues, IChemE policy is often long term. Short term, single or isolated issues and individual projects may be considered but may not influence or alter IChemE's long term policy positions and aims.