Industry leaders have come together to develop the roadmap which will steer the UK’s offshore oil and gas sector towards achieving Vision 2035.
This compelling, national vision is a shared intent by the industry and stakeholders, including government, to ensure industry can deliver as much of the UK’s oil and gas needs, expand supply chain opportunities at home, abroad and in other sectors, while supporting the accelerating transition to a lower carbon future up to 2035 and beyond.
A task force of senior industry figures has been formed to help develop a roadmap of what needs to be done and by when to deliver Vision 2035. The plan will follow one of the biggest ever engagement campaigns in the sector to ensure everyone in the industry understands the aims of the vision and joins a conversation as to how it can be achieved.
The task force members will pull together specific and measurable deliverables under the key areas of skills, technology, exports, diversification and culture.
OGUK Chief Executive and Task Force chair Deirdre Michie says, “There has never been a more important moment for us all to come together to collectively consider what our future could or should look like. Later this year we’ll publish a roadmap which will signpost how we can continue to meet as much of the UK’s oil and gas demand from home-produced resources, expand supply chain opportunities at home, abroad and in other sectors, while supporting an accelerating transition towards a lower carbon future.”
“The Our Vision Our Future campaign is important for industry because we all have a role and a voice in the future of this industry, which is why we need everyone to join the conversation and think about how we can continue to make sure this industry remains a dynamic and exciting place to work as we move through the transition,” Michie adds.
The Our Vision. Our Future campaign will engage people across the industry in a shared understanding of Vision 2035 and how they can innovate and collaborate to make it a reality. By signing up to the campaign, organisations and individuals will be joining a conversation about what needs to be done in the industry and then committing to playing their part in making it happen.
The task force members will be collectively responsible for developing the road map, tracking its progress and making any interventions to challenge progress. Each member will have an action plan for their area of focus that will feed into the overall plan.
The members and their areas of focus are: Steve Phimister (Shell U.K. Ltd) – culture and behaviours; Andy Samuel (OGA) – maximising economic recovery; Stuart Payne (OGA) – exports; Colette Cohen (OGTC) – technology; Andy McDonald (Scottish Enterprise) – diversification; Matt Abraham (Oil & Gas UK) – supply chain; John McDonald (OPITO) – skills; and Trevor Garlick (ONE) – oil and gas sector deal.
David Rennie, head of Oil and Gas at Scottish Enterprise, says, “Delivery of Vision 2035 will make sure that in the next 15 years we will still support fulfilling jobs and prosperity for our supply chain, our people and our country. There is a potential GBP 920 billion to be won, but the greater prize will be providing secure, affordable energy, as part of a lower carbon economy. By engaging through this campaign, we aim to inspire people, to spark ideas and ignite the passion to drive change and come up with the solutions required.”
Companies and employers are being urged to join the conversation by displaying Our Vision. Our Future branded material in their workplaces, sharing their ideas about how Vision 2035 will be achieved on the dedicated microsite www.energyvision2035.com and on social media using the hashtag #ourvisionourfuture or #jointheconversation and nominating individuals to become “Visionaries” – ambassadors for the campaign.