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

TO BE PUBLISHED April 2020


This conference will assess the way forward for innovation in the UK gas sector - with a particular focus on decarbonising gas supplies and expanding the development of new gas technologies.


Bringing together stakeholders with government and regulatory officials, delegates will also consider priorities for policy to support innovation.


They will discuss the approach that the new government should take in light of commitments to support gas conversion to hydrogen, with its aim of doubling research and development spending by 2024.


Taking place as officials work on the forthcoming Energy White Paper, the agenda also looks at wider options for decarbonising gas production and taking advantage of new opportunities for utilisation.


Speakers


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 Engineers;Ross Fairley, Burges Salmon; Antony Green, National Grid; Guy Ranawake, Ingenious Group; Charlotte Morton, Anaerobic Digestion and Bioresources Association; 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 - flexibility, peaking points, and reliable supplies of power;
    • 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;
  • Developing 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 challenges for commercialisation.
  • Policy for gas decarbonisation, meeting net-zero by 2050, and 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; DfT; Cabinet Office; CCS; Defra; DIT; HSE; The Planning Inspectorate; Department for the Economy (Northern Ireland); and the Welsh Government.



Price: £95 PLUS VAT
Format: DOWNLOADABLE PDF


Shortly after every Westminster Energy, Environment & Transport Forum seminar, a briefing document is produced. This is distributed to all delegates on the day as well as to our policymaker contacts in government, and to stakeholders more widely.

A seminar publication provides a timely record of proceedings, and acts as a guide to the latest thinking on current policy issues for those unable to be at the event.

This publication includes

Presentations

Contributions from keynotes and panellists, including accompanying slides*
*Subject to approval


Delegate Pack

Information from the day, including delegate list, biographies and agenda

Q&A

Transcript of questions and comments posed to speakers from attending delegates


Articles

Supplementary articles from speakers
and delegates