Role and Function
The function of the CIWEM Energy Network is to provide
expert views for the Institution and to be a sounding board for
current and new initiatives. The Energy Network enables CIWEM to
deliver technical and policy outputs to a consistently high
standard. The network acts as a focal point, bringing together
people who are working in the area or for whom energy and climate
change is a key issue.
The CIWEM Energy Network works as a virtual pool of energy
experts who can contribute to consultation responses and other
policy outputs. The network considers key issues
relating to energy policy and technical challenges, from
de-carbonising energy supply to maximising uptake of energy
efficiency across society.
If you would like to join please get in touch with Laura Grant who oversees the
management of the network.
Members of the network assisted in CIWEM's Shale Gas and Water report. This
reviews review of the likely viability, scale and timing of
shale gas exploitation in the UK. It also considers if an
industry of any significant scale were to develop, what the
implications of hydraulic fracturing of shale would be for water
resources, water treatment and the water environment, and the
regulatory requirements needed to mitigate the industry's impact on
The network has published a policy position statement on hydraulic
fracturing, which reviews the potential environmental
impacts of its use to access natural gas reserves in shale rock,
and discusses whether it is an acceptable method to produce gas in
the UK. The statement concludes that the government and those
involved should actively promote informed understanding
among stakeholders using clear scientific evidence, transparency
and consistent messages, across a range of media and
A new piece of work on energy subsidies is planned for 2014/15.
Please contact Laura Grant,
policy adviser, if you would like to be involved.
Policy Position Statements