The UK Electricity Products Supply Chain Council launched on 7 September). Lead by BEAMA, with membership from across the energy and contracting sector and support from the government, this is an unprecedented platform for the supply chain of electrical equipment for the electricity transmission and distribution networks, and end-use energy products market.
Never has it been more urgent to ensure the resilience of the UK energy sector, and with manufacturing capacity for key products set to increase tenfold to meet demands for net zero delivery, we need collaboration and engagement with the new leadership in government to open pipelines of investment to secure the timely and cost-effective supply of equipment into the market.
Manufactures of energy technologies are facing mounting geopolitical pressures on the supply of raw materials and componentry for the delivery of complex energy technologies essential to our net zero transition and for a move away from imported energy. There has been a global shift in demand and supply of key technologies and associated materials that ensure the security of our energy industry. The council will help tackle the immediate pressures on the supply of equipment, while looking to the future and how to ensure the longer-term investment needs of the supply chain.
With this comes great opportunity and BEAMA members (manufacturers of energy technologies) say the level of investment needed is achievable, bringing opportunity to re-shore parts of the industry to the UK and create new trading relationships.
The newly formed council is an example of collaboration at its best and the UK energy and contracting sector coming together with government to alleviate pressures on the market.
One of the biggest barriers to investment sited by BEAMA is the availability of people and skills. Manufacturers and raw material suppliers need confidence in future orders and the UK market trajectory to invest in manufacturing capacity, people and places.
BEAMA CEO, Dr Howard Porter states: “This is an unprecedented era of change and with mounting pressures on the supply chain we need this level of collaboration across industry and with the government. We will lead this council to ensure the resilience of the electricity equipment supply chain. The current energy crisis and geopolitical pressure placed on the supply chain should not hold back progress to meet our net zero targets, but we should see this as an opportunity to invest in low carbon tech industries, this includes the manufacturing sectors BEAMA represents.”
According to Steve Bratt, CEO of leading electrical contractors’ body ECA, says: “Increased collaboration between the electrical product supply chain and the businesses that design, install and maintain products and systems will deliver effective and sustainable solutions for the UK energy sector and the wider marketplace.
“It’s now vital that we increase the number of skilled installation contractors to ensure the successful deployment of electrical energy solutions at scale. This will provide major benefits to clients in the energy sector and beyond and help government and industry to meet the UK’s net zero targets.”