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People power for a still-transitioning sector


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Louise Kingham sitting on stage, talking, between two other panel members Photo: Oliver Dixon Photography/Energy Institute
Louise Kingham FEI, BP Country Manager and former Energy Institute CEO, speaks to panel host Juergen Maier, Managing Director of UK Digital Catapult, at International Energy Week 2024

Photo: Oliver Dixon Photography/Energy Institute

People are the fuel to power a transitioning energy sector and diversity will produce the blend needed to accelerate this change. This was the theme of a few sessions at International Energy Week 2024, reports Nick Cottam.

The energy sector, runs the familiar message, needs to tap into a wider, deeper pool of talent, attracting more new staff and retaining more of them for longer if it is to meet the transition challenge.


In fact, said WWF Global Energy Lead Dean Cooper: ‘It’s not simply about ensuring a single just transition. It’s about multiple transitions depending on your local environment.’


The implied message throughout a session focused on people as energy professionals and as energy consumers was that the sector needed to communicate internally in order to be fit for purpose – and externally to provide existing staff with the support and information they needed. In kicking off the session, John MacArthur, Chair of the International Energy Week Board, reminded his audience that they faced a once-in-a-generation opportunity. ‘We’re going to transform lives in a way that humanity has never done before sustainably,’ was his upbeat scene-setter for the discussions which followed.


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