Upgrading UK Energy: How to Deliver Net Zero Gas? | IPT
Chair: Dr Alan Whitehead MP, Shadow Minister for Energy and Climate Change
Speaker: David Smith, Chief Executive Officer, Energy Networks Association
Speaker: Richard Walsh, Head of Public Affairs and Media, Cadent Gas
Speaker: David Watson, Director of Group Strategic Planning, Centrica plc
Dinner Discussion


Monday 04 November 2019


House of Commons

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More than 80% of households in the United Kingdom use natural gas to heat their homes and gas provides over 30% of the UK’s electricity generation. The number of biogas plants in the UK has doubled since 2015 and together they provide enough gas to meet the annual needs of over 300,000 consumers. Meanwhile the Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Energy Innovation Portfolio has planned an investment of £46 million in programmes related to hydrogen, particularly hydrogen powered trains which are expected to be introduced by 2022.  As the UK seeks to reduce carbon emissions to Net Zero by 2050, what role will green gas and hydrogen play in reducing reliance on fossil fuels?

This dinner discussion will:

  • Discuss how biomethane plants and other green gas sources can be supported to boost production capacity
  • Consider what role carbon capture and storage of hydrogen and green hydrogen can play in decarbonising UK energy supplies
  • Examine the consumer impacts of decarbonising heating and how the public can be engaged.