In its 20th year, the East of England Energy Group (EEEGR) is looking forward to the next decade, refocusing its efforts in putting the region’s energy sector firmly on the global map as the energy transition begins to dominate the industry.
To demonstrate its commitment to the East of England energy sector, EEEGR has, for the first time, launched its Customer and Stakeholder Manifesto, laying out its roadmap for the next three years in which it will restate its role in the region, reposition itself in the energy sector and rebuild capacity and value lost during the pandemic.
Led by industry for industry, the membership-based organisation’s purpose has always been to serve all energy sectors n the East of England. From business development and lobbying to skills leadership and innovation promotion, EEEGR’s role within the region has been as a voice piece for the industry.
Over the last year, the organisation has faced challenges in line with the wider challenges faced by industry. The resulting effects included freezing recruitment and reducing overheads, and now it is seeking to restate, reposition and rebuild to the benefit of its members as the UK’s Net Zero ambitions ramp up.
EEEGR is keen to place the East of England at the epicentre of the global energy map, and with the region already at the heart of the energy revolution, the organisation has laid out a clear, sustainable strategy to power itself into the next decade, refreshing and revitalising the membership organisation while lifting up its members, sponsors and region.
With the East of England becoming a rich and diverse cluster of varied forms of generation and almost all forms of power production from natural and built assets either on or immediately off its coastline, EEEGR firmly believes the time is right for the region to take its rightful place in the government’s levelling up agenda.
The manifesto lays out investment forecasts for the region by 2050, with an estimated £122.5 billion due to be poured into all sectors with transport, offshore wind and nuclear set to receive the lion’s share in the coming decades.
With the billions of pounds worth of investment on the horizon, EEEGR is keen to better represent the region’s energy landscape on a national scale, bringing Essex and Cambridgeshire into closer alignment with Norfolk and Suffolk to showcase the whole of the East of England’s extensive existing and developing capabilities.
Alongside this, EEEGR represents all its members across production and distribution sectors within the energy landscape and is passionate about supporting them along the road to Net Zero to ensure the region and its energy sectors are united with a single unified voice.
The region’s highly diverse all energy capabilities make it an ideal investment hub for energy and environmental management, and EEEGR will lead the efforts to put the East of England on the global map.
The organisation is also looking to work with members outside of the traditional sectors to bring growth to the industry. To ensure the future of these efforts, it’s vital that a skilled and diverse workforce is in place.
EEEGR’s Skills for Energy (SfE) programme has already developed close links with education networks, and the organisation has plans to tighten these connections to help deliver world-class talent for the future.
In developing the skills of the future workforce, EEEGR also hopes to facilitate entry points to the industry as part of its ED&I pledge. In partnership with its SfE programme, EEEGR is committed to its social responsibility to provide a workplace that recognises Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (ED&I).
Within the manifesto, the organisation has set its ED&I pledge in stone, with the goal to lead by example to its members and the wider industry. As part of the pledge, EEEGR and SfE will campaign for an energy sector focused on equality, diversity and inclusion and women to enter industry sectors. By addressing this first internally, EEEGR is keen to encourage and promote a positive culture within the industry where people feel valued, safe to be their true self and have a sense of belonging.
As the organisation unfreezes recruitment and pushes more diversity and inclusion within its own walls, it is implementing training so that, as the team grows, there is a clear opportunity to build a diverse team of talented individuals to enter the next decade with. With the growth of its team, EEEGR aims to deliver more for its members and offer further benefits to ensure their voice is heard in Westminster and beyond. With a more diverse and inclusive team, the organisation hopes to better represent the industry at large.
EEEGR isn’t just all talk and holds itself accountable – both as an organisation and when delivering the Skills for Energy programme. As the organisation’s ED&I goals progress, EEEGR will expand its technically skilled offer. It will continue developing an intra-industry and inter-sector workforce that is able to support members as they build local capacity and need support with public awareness, lobbying and accessing skills.
In addition, it continues the promotion of apprenticeships and group training by working with local and national skills providers to deliver relevant energy-sector based learning opportunities. It seeks to provide high-quality energy metrics for the region, made available to the wider investment community in order to highlight the enormous and diverse investment potential within the region.
As the world begins to return to the new normal, EEEGR will continue to support and uplift members through a series of upcoming events, starting with Wind Week later this year.
The organisation will also be supporting a House of Commons event and conference in Q1 next year.
In the meantime, it will be kicking off a new mini-series of events, delivered as breakfast seminars giving its members access to relevant information in an achievable and accessible way within the working day.