Oil & Gas Division (formerly Petroleum & Drilling Engineering Division) Mission Statement

This document presents the structure and modus operandi for the Energy Transition Group (ETG)


The ETG is one of twenty-two Divisions, Societies and Groups that represent the technical interests of the Institute. The Group interests cover all technical, educational, research and professional considerations relating to energy supply (including oil and gas) and global decarbonisation to alleviate climate change and the transition involved in the energy needed for society. These interests’ impact and will be impacted by all materials and processes represented within the IOM3.


Energy whether from fossil fuel sources, renewables or nuclear is vital to society. Over 25% of the world’s population is still in energy poverty. The transition from the majority of energy coming from fossil fuels to energy and industrial process that are broadly decarbonised will not happen overnight but must meet the needs of a growing population, their economic aspirations and a global “net zero” outcome by 2050 in keeping with the aspirations of the Paris accord. The ETG seeks to encourage and support this transition without harm to persons or damage to the environment; thereby contributing to sustainable development.


The role of the Group is to further the following three key objectives for the benefit of IOM3: -

  • The representation of materials, minerals and mining activities as it impacts and is impacted by the Energy Transition
  • Professional development.
  • Membership growth.

Externally the Group promotes and represents the sciences, technologies and practices involved in oil & gas extraction, renewables and the Energy Transition on behalf of the Institute. The Group encourages individuals with an interest in the Energy Transition to join the Institute. The Group establishes links with relevant National and International bodies in Industry, Government and Academia to promote professional activities for public benefit. Internally the Group promotes the sciences, technologies and practices involved in the Energy Transition providing a focus within the Institute for members interested in this area. The Group advises the Institute and deals with policy issues on any matters concerning the Energy Transition.


The strategy of the Group is under development but focused on achieving the three key objectives defined above by supporting existing Institute activities and addressing any gaps. It will involve such matters as: -

  1. Maintaining and building relationships with relevant IOM3 Local Societies to provide globally accessible technical programmes, awards, accreditation, scholarships, education, and industrial visits.
  2. Building and maintaining working relationships with other Divisions and local societies within the Institute through active participation in the Technical Communities Board and the Advisory Council. The Group will directly access support services within the Institute as required.
  3. Building and maintaining working relationships with key academic Institutions with interests in the Energy Transition to further education and recruitment. This includes accreditation of programmes.
  4. Building and maintaining working relationships with kindred external learned societies through joint activities facilitated by members who actively participate in both this Institute and the kindred Society such as the Energy Institute, the IoP, the Society of Petroleum Engineers, and the Institute of Corrosion.
  5. Developing relevant seminars, workshops, webinars, website and publication-based activities offered by the Institute as information and marketing tools to retain and increase membership.
  6. Contributing an Energy Transition view to Institute responses to Governments, regulators, and the media.
  7. Advising the Institute on potential recipients of Institute Awards relevant to Energy Transition.
  8. Developing and maintaining a programme of activities and training materials to support and enhance the “Continuing Professional Development” of members in this Sector.
  9. Developing offerings for younger members, technicians, and students.
  10. Actively supporting the Institute initiatives to encourage women, those from the BAME community and from disadvantaged backgrounds in STEM education.



A Board representative of the geographical distribution and main areas of interest of the ETG, including the interfaces specified above, has been established and will be maintained. The Board functions as a team and is led by a Chair to serve as per Institute practice who is also a member of the Institute Advisory Council. The Chair is supported by a Vice Chair and Strategic Advisor who is a member of the Institute Technical Communities Board. The Chair oversees with the active involvement of other Board members the issuance and maintenance of the core Group documents including: this document, Board meeting agendas, Board minutes, governance strategic plan, annual plan and the annual report and Institute matters. The Board appoints Board members to represent the Division as required, including: a micro website manager and a Student & Early Career Committee representative. Role assignments are reviewed each November, excluding the Chair, and there are no age criteria for any role. Board members are co-opted until the Board deems that a representative body has been formed. Thereafter the Board will be maintained as per Institute practice.

The Board will maintain a long-term plan defining targets and strategic initiatives, this plan will be reviewed and refreshed if needed in June each year. The Board agrees an annual plan, aligned with the long-term plan, in November each year. Each Board member takes responsibility for delivery of agreed activities such that the workload is shared as evenly as possible across all Board members. Board documents will be posted on the Institute website.

The Board Chair organises a minimum of four Board meetings per year with a quorum of 50% of the Board members. If the Chair is not available, the Vice Chair leads the meeting. If neither the Chair nor Vice Chair are available then the attending Board members will nominate one member to chair the meeting. The meeting Chair submits the draft minutes and any associated documents to the Board Chair for circulation and approval. Any Board member may call for a vote on any issue, all votes are carried by a simple majority at a Board meeting with the meeting Chair holding a casting vote if required. Board members may vote by proxy if they are unable to attend a Board meeting. Changes to the structure and modus operandi require a vote.

Agreed by the Energy Transition Group at the July 21st, 2020 Board meeting