In a speech recorded to celebrate the Energy Institute (EI)’s centenary, the Prince of Wales, Hon FEI, has contributed to the UK energy debate and speaks of the role of energy in the ‘circular economy.’
With the Energy Institute actively engaged in providing a platform for knowledge sharing, grounded on evidence-based science and free from bias, Prince Charles – whose Scottish title is Duke of Rothesay – is keen to bring his own views to the energy debate.
He says, ‘The central argument [of the circular economy] is that all of the atoms and molecules that we require are already in existence. We just need them in different locations and different combinations.
“The challenge is to redesign the supply chain, develop innovative technologies and generate sufficient renewable energy to use and reuse those molecules, so that we have the closed loops we need as our population grows.’
The Prince recognises the environmental constraints, such as pollution and climate change, and identifies that we must find a way to operate within these parameters.
Ian Marchant FEI, President of the Energy Institute, said: ‘Energy plays a part in everyday life and the development of a safe, sustainable and affordable energy system is crucial to our modern way of life.
“We all need to respond to the challenges that lay ahead with a clear understanding of the issues involved. I welcome Prince Charles’ contribution to the debate and hope this will inspire others to become more active in advancing the solutions we need for the benefit to society as a whole.’
In his message, the Prince remarks on the values of the EI and its importance of delivering professionalism and good practice, particularly in climate change, resource scarcity and a global energy transition. He congratulates the EI and its members in the part they have played in the development of the energy industry and hopes they will continue to drive further innovations to shape the future.
The Energy Institute (EI) is the leading chartered professional membership body for the energy industry, supporting over 19,000 individuals working in or studying energy and 250 energy companies worldwide. The EI provides learning and networking opportunities to support professional development, as well as professional recognition and technical and scientific knowledge resources on energy in all its forms and applications.
You can watch the Duke of Rothesay’s speech on Scottish Energy TV News here: