How we work

ERP Co-chairs

ERP’s Co-chairs consist of a representative from the public sector and a representative from the private sector. The public-side Co-chair is represented by the Chief Scientific Advisor for the Department of Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS). The industry-side Co-chair is appointed by the ERP membership and replaced every 3-4 years.

ERP’s current Co-chairs are:

Public-side Co-chair: Professor John Loughhead (CSA at BEIS)
Industry-side Co-chair: Dr Martin Grant FREng (CEO – Energy at Atkins)

ERP Members

ERP’s membership is drawn from public sector bodies, industry (manufacturing, oil & gas, utilities, consultancies and SME organisations), academics, NGOs, regulatory bodies and funders actively committed to, and/or engaged in energy research and innovation.

Full details of our membership, including member biographies can be found on the ERP membership page.

How we work

The ERP set its priorities and agrees its activities through consultation among our membership, largely working through the existing roles and activities of members themselves. There is a formal programme of work as well as the capacity to react to new developments in the energy agenda. The work of ERP requires engagement across all of the Government departments that impact on and are impacted by developments in energy.

Our work is predominantly (but not exclusively) carried out via interviewing relevant contacts and stakeholders, via working project groups with relevant experts (as below), input workshops, secondary analysis and synthesis and interpretation of existing publications.

To ensure ERP’s ability to engage at the highest level and communicate agreed priorities effectively, yearly “CEO forums” are additionally constituted from a representative subset of members relevant to the specific topic. This also enhances visibility of, and support for ERPs activities within member organisations.

ERP meets quarterly in plenary, providing the primary forum to discuss critical issues around UK energy RDD&D, and to consider and agree publication of reports or other work.

Please click here for minutes from ERP Plenary meetings.

Sub-groups of ERP members steer project work, with additional input from a wide range of external stakeholders. Workshops and conferences are often used to gather evidence or to present and disseminate findings. Project outputs include published reports, submissions of evidence to consultations and high-level briefings to Government.

The Analysis Team (which was disbanded in October 2017) carried out and coordinated the day-to-day activities of ERP including the production and, where appropriate, the commissioning and dissemination of reports and position papers. It developed and managed wider relationships with other organisations and individuals.

ERP seeks to influence through its members in their respective individual roles and capacities and by communicating views more widely to other stakeholders and decision makers. By supporting and maintaining dialogue and engagement, at the highest levels, across the public and private sector, ERP has a significant opportunity and ability to address the challenges being faced across the energy research and innovation chain. Its structure and capacity allows expert analysis, external stakeholder engagement and, in following up of key outputs and recommendations, ensures traction.