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27 November 2006

Mott MacDonald launches “Your future is our future – a study on UK energy”

Mott MacDonald in collaboration with leading universities (the University of Manchester, the University of Liverpool, the University of Southampton and Imperial College) has produced this report to provide a unique insight into the views of future energy industry leaders and practitioners on the UK energy debate.

A key finding of “Your Future is our Future, a study on UK energy” is that even those close to the subject, seem to struggle to see how lifestyles will change to effect large reductions in electricity demand by 2050.

This is one of many insights provided in the new report. The results are from a unique incentivised online research programme run by Mott MacDonald in collaboration with staff and 120 engineering students from the four universities as well as 100 Mott MacDonald energy employees. The questionnaire was designed within the framework of the UK Government’s 2006 white paper on energy.

Other key findings include:
  • More than 70% of respondents said “yes” to the building of new nuclear
  • More than 70% of respondents said that they were prepared to change their lives to reduce their energy consumption, including paying more for renewable power and investing in energy saving measures as long as a pay-back was achieved in five years or less
  • Around 80% of respondents want Government to play a more involved role in controlling the fuel mix, educating people on the issues and options, funding and incentivising renewables, planning and siting new nuclear builds and taking responsibility for radio-active waste. (The latter being of concern to more than 70% of respondents).
  • Most respondents felt that managing the demand for energy was key
  • Key motivators for students considering an energy engineering career include inherent interest in the subject, skill at science/mathematics and a good proportion “want to make a positive impact on changing the world”.
Simon Harrison, Mott MacDonald’s energy director responsible for the project said, “We felt that there was something missing in the consultation process and that today’s and tomorrow’s energy professionals should be heard as they are the conduits of change in the sector.”

“As a major energy consultancy, operating around the world, we are going to take onboard all of the findings of the research. We particularly acknowledge that students see engineering as an opportunity to make the world a better place and this insight will inform our recruitment of young engineers. It’s also a powerful message to enhance the appeal of engineering as a career choice for those at school.”

He concluded, “We are delighted that Claire Durkin, Head of Energy Markets at the Department for Trade and Industry launched the report, representing Government and we hope that the media will take note too of this important stakeholder group’s views.”

For a copy of the Report/Data,


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