Why is it that, in this information age we live in, the truth seems ever harder to get to? The facts often seem to either not exist or be buried ever deeper under layers of rhetoric and commentary . My views are probably a little tested after weeks of election campaigning in the UK, but nevertheless I think the point still stands.
So if we still think an evidence base is important – as I and other EI members do – it’s essential that we step up and provide good quality, clear information that can be trusted. We also need to explain what the information was produced for and how we expect it might be used. This in turn reminds the recipients of the EI’s role as an independent professional society and source of trusted expertise – which is probably not called upon enough.
Two recent contributions from the EI have only just been published – the 2015 Retail Marketing Survey and the second G9 Incident Data Report for safety performance in the offshore wind industry. Both reports contain a wealth of factual data as well as statistics; both are designed to offer an evidence base for the state of play in two very different parts of the energy industry – one focusing on the health of a sector, the other on the health of the people within it.
So let me make a suggestion. If you are in need of trusted and useful information think about whether the EI could provide it for you.
The EI Knowledge Service provides a central resource for energy knowledge and information – find out more by visiting knowledge.energyinst.org