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 natural gas sector.

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

In the context of the forthcoming Energy White Paper, they will consider best practice 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; Dr David Joffe, Head of Carbon Budgets, Committee on Climate Change; Martyn Tulloch, Manager, Net Zero Solution Centre, The Oil and Gas Technology Centre; Guy Ranawake, Senior Investment Director, Ingenious Group 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
    • Investing in low-carbon gas technology and infrastructure, and overcoming challenges for commercialisation
  • Policy for gas decarbonisation, meeting net-zero by 2050, and further innovating technology and infrastructure.

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