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Andrew Wilson

Andrew Wilson

I’m an Instrumental and Electrical Technician for Petroineos and I took part in the Grangemouth Net Zero Challenge.

I got involved in Fuel Change as I felt it was a great opportunity to learn more about the issues around climate change and to investigate how personally and as an employee of the refinery, we might make improvements. It was also something completely different to my normal day job.

Over the course of the programme we considered opportunities to where improvements could be made in the workplace in relation to reducing energy usage. My team’s solution was to replace the site’s steam tracing with modern electric tracing and to power this from a renewable source on-site, thus reducing costs and positively impacting the environment.

The project is currently being evaluated by the development team at Petroineos and will then be submitted for funding.

My experience of Fuel Change has benefited me greatly in work and out of work. I have gained knowledge of some of the underlying causes of environmental issues and given the framework and support to investigate solutions.

I have also grown a network of like-minded individuals. The programme enables you to work with a whole host of people that you wouldn’t usually work with. It challenges you and it also teaches you presentation skills, both of which are beneficial for personal and professional development.

I would recommend Fuel Change to other apprentices. It’s a way to voice your ideas and opinions to inspire change and work with like-minded individuals.

The best bit of Fuel Change is seeing that change can happen and how your ideas can inspire and make a difference.

If I could describe by experience of Fuel Change in three words, it would be; enlightening, inspiring and rewarding.