Westminster Energy, Environment & Transport Forum

Innovation in the UK natural gas sector - developing a whole-system approach, deploying alternative sources, and the sector’s role in meeting net-zero emissions by 2050

Morning, Thursday, 30th April 2020

Central London


This conference will assess the future of innovation in the UK gas sector.

Delegates will discuss priorities for policy to support innovation - with a particular focus on decarbonising gas supplies and expanding the development of new gas technologies.

The conference will be an opportunity to discuss priorities for the new government in meeting its commitments to continue support for gas conversion to hydrogen, as well as doubling research and development spending by 2024.

It also takes place in the context of the forthcoming Energy White Paper - and we expect discussion on next steps for decarbonising gas production and taking advantage of new opportunities for utilisation.


There will be keynote contributions from: Dr Mark Taylor, Deputy Director, Energy Innovation, BEIS and Dr David Joffe, Head of Carbon Budgets, Committee on Climate Change.

Further speakers include: Dr Jenifer Baxter, Institution of Mechanical EngineersRoss Fairley, Burges Salmon; Antony Green, National Grid; Guy Ranawake, Ingenious Group; Martyn Tulloch, The Oil and Gas Technology Centre; Roger Wells, Siemens; Rob Wood, Gasrec; and a senior speaker confirmed from the Energy Networks Association.

The agenda

  • Natural gas and the net-zero 2050 transition - innovating gas use, repurposing by-products, and setting pathways;
  • Whole-systems approach for gas decarbonisation - engaging stakeholders and innovating the energy system:
    • Managing oil and gas assets - infrastructure repurposing, decarbonisation, and new storage opportunities;
    • Low-carbon gas power generation in the UK - reliability, flexibility, and the use case for peaking plants;
    • Ensuring gas transmission is fit for net-zero - improving efficiency, interconnection, and the integration of low-carbon gases;
    • Policy framework for gas in the energy transition, and setting guidance for industry; and
    • Heat supply decarbonisation, integrating alternative fuels, and innovating heat technology.
  • Reducing energy-intensive emissions, and expanding carbon capture and storage capabilities and the hydrogen economy;
  • National and local low-carbon gas grids, blending fuels, and preparing networks for hydrogen;
  • Alternative fuel and gas sources, new business cases for gas technologies, and creating the infrastructure for utilisation:
    • Anaerobic digestion and low-carbon gas - growing production facilities, waste and resource use, and the biogas industry;
    • Case study - reducing emissions with gas alternatives for heavy goods vehicles, and best practice for rolling out refuelling infrastructure; and
    • Investing in low-carbon gas technology and infrastructure, and overcoming challenges for commercialization.
  • Policy for gas decarbonisation, meeting net-zero by 2050, and further innovating technology and infrastructure.

Engagement with policy officials at this conference

This Westminster Energy, Environment & Transport Forum conference has already attracted particularly strong interest from policymakers. It will be an opportunity for stakeholders to engage with officials who have reserved places representing: BEIS; Cabinet Office; CCS; Defra; the Planning Inspectorate; DfT; DIT; the HSE and the Department for the Economy (Northern Ireland).

Keynote Speaker

Dr Mark Taylor

Deputy Director, Energy Innovation, BEIS

Keynote Speakers

Martyn Tulloch

Manager, Net Zero Solution Centre, The Oil and Gas Technology Centre

Dr David Joffe

Head of Carbon Budgets, Committee on Climate Change

Dr Mark Taylor

Deputy Director, Energy Innovation, BEIS

Roger Wells

Head of Future Technology, Siemens


Senior speaker confirmed from Energy Networks Association

Guy Ranawake

Investment Director, Ingenious Group

Ross Fairley

Partner, Energy, Burges Salmon

Dr Jenifer Baxter

Head of Engineering, Institution of Mechanical Engineers

Antony Green

Head of Asset Management and Engineering, National Grid