The Energy Centre is comprised of energy and chemical engineering professionals from industry, government and academia, bringing together the expertise of the IChemE membership body from a diverse range of areas across the energy sector.

The Energy Centre is comprised of four groups reflecting the range of expertise of its members.

The Board

The Energy Centre is led by a Board consisting of up to 15 volunteers drawn from the diversity of the IChemE membership. The Board provides strategic oversight of the Centre’s activities and leads the delivery of its work.

The Board is supported by IChemE staff and a wider group of volunteer members of the Energy Centre Leadership Forum and Future Energy Leaders.

Leadership Forum

The IChemE Energy Leadership Forum is made up of experienced professionals from across the energy sector. The Forum acts as a sounding board for the outputs of the Energy Centre Board.

Through participation in Task Groups, members of the Leadership Forum help the Centre develop energy policy positions, answer discrete technical questions on energy policy issues and provide the Centre with additional resource and expertise. 

The Forum plays a key role in the work of the Centre, and offers a way for experts to be involved with less time commitment than those on the Board.

If you are interested in supporting the work of the Energy Centre, then joining the Leadership Forum is an ideal way to do this. To apply to join the Leadership Forum please get in touch. Prospective applicants are advised to review the Leadership Forum Terms of Reference to ensure they meet the criteria for joining the forum.

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To return your completed application form or if you have any questions please email:

Future Energy Leaders

The Future Energy Leaders (FEL) is a working group of volunteers from either the chemical engineering community or those with relevant background or interest in chemical engineering energy related activities. Volunteer members provide support to deliver the Energy Centre’s policy statements, research and reports and lead engagement activities around the Centre’s priority areas.

The Future Energy Leaders group also offers members a pathway to joining the Leadership Forum and an excellent opportunity develop their professional network and expertise.

If you are interested in supporting the work of the Energy Centre you are encouraged to  join the Future Energy Leaders. Prospective applicants are advised to review the Future Energy Leaders Terms of Reference to ensure they meet the criteria for joining the group.

To apply to join the Future Energy Leaders please get in touch.

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Task groups

Priority task groups

The priority topics in the IChemE Energy Centre have task groups to lead and develop the work programme. The task groups are comprised of Energy Centre members from across the Board, Leadership Forum and Future Energy Leaders groups. Group members use their specialist knowledge of the field to provide a unique chemical engineering perspective on the two priority topics.

Energy and resource efficiency

The resource and energy efficiency task group looks at approaches for increasing energy and resource efficiency across a range of sectors and applications. Taking a whole-system perspective, the group looks at issues such as energy and waste optimisation, energy integration and the development of novel technologies and process methods to support efficiency increases.

In January 2019, the Energy Centre published the Energy and Resource Efficiency Good Practice Guide. This sets out guiding principles and provides practical advice for executing a successful project at any level of your organisation. The guide includes advice on scoping the boundaries of what you will consider, building a business case, overcoming common obstacles, and ensuring the best protection for all environmental systems.  

This group published an ongoing series of case studies to highlight examples of good practice of energy and resource efficiency. These will range across fields as diverse as the bioeconomy, food and drink, and oil and gas. If you know of an energy and resource efficiency project you think should be highlighted, please email

Future of oil and gas

The future of oil and gas task group considers the role of oil and gas in the transition towards a low-carbon economy. The group considers the technical, commercial and social implications of this transition on the sector, focusing on issues such as energy security and emissions reduction for oil and gas energy production and product processing.

This group has held a series of member-led workshops around the world exploring regional differences in the outlook for oil and gas, and is now compiling a report from the findings and identifying a strategy for next steps.

Carbon capture, storage and utilisation

The carbon capture, storage and utilisation (CCSU) task group consists of professionals with expertise in all areas of the CCSU value chain. The group provides insight into the application of CCSU technologies in different regions and industries and the feasibility of large-scale use across the global energy system.

The group published a report, A Chemical Engineering Perspective on the Challenges and Opportunities of Delivering Carbon Capture and Storage at Commercial Scale, exploring the technical, political and economic challenges and opportunities for chemical engineers in applying CCSU commercially. It is now building on this through development, communication and advocacy.