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Priorities for gas network development in the UK

This conference will examine policy priorities for developing gas networks in the UK, and takes place during a particularly difficult period for national gas supplies and security – with sessions looking at:

  • the current challenges for UK access to gas resources, the policy, industry, and infrastructure variables that might be causing system-wide shortages, and possible resolutions to the situation
  • issues and opportunities for the gas grid to transition to hydrogen and low-carbon energy sources
  • next steps for modernising infrastructure and improving resilience

The discussion will be a timely opportunity to consider the progress of the first year of RIIO-2 delivery, looking at its impact on gas supply and demand – particularly in the context of rising gas prices – as well as options for supporting the financial sustainability of network operators, and wider issues for balancing network and consumer needs in the delivery of RIIO-2.

The conference also takes place in the context of key developments around decarbonisation and the Government’s ambition to reach net-zero emissions by 2050; delegates will discuss how this background dovetails with priorities for gas development in the UK and whether current gas supply shortages might affect the Government’s perspective on the speed and scope of gas decarbonisation and low-carbon transitions.

We are pleased to be able to include keynote contributions from:

  • Dr Alexandra Howe, Head of Gas Security, Networks and Markets, Energy Security, BEIS – looking at policy priorities for gas network development
  • Michael Wagner, Deputy Director, Gas Networks Price Controls, Ofgem – on delivering regulatory reform for operational and low-carbon improvements for UK gas networks


Our forums are known for attracting strong interest from policymakers and stakeholders. Places have been reserved by officials from BEIS; the Competition and Markets AuthorityDefra; the Department for International Trade; the Department for the Economy, NI; the Department for Transport; the Health and Safety Executive; and the Welsh Government. Also due to attend are representatives from CF Fertilisers UKLast MileMorgan Sindall; and University of Dundee.

Overall, we expect speakers and attendees to be a senior and informed group including Members of both Houses of Parliament, senior government and regulatory officials involved in this area of policy,  as well as from stakeholders from across the UK transport sector including public transport operators and their advisors, airlines and aviation groups, urban and city planners, local government and community leaders, infrastructure and logistics firms, consumer bodies, researchers from academia and higher education, together with reporters from the national and specialist media.

This is a full-scale conference taking place online***

  • full, four-hour programme including comfort breaks – you’ll also get a full recording and transcript to refer back to
  • information-rich discussion involving key policymakers and stakeholders
  • conference materials provided in advance, including speaker biographies
  • speakers presenting via webcam, accompanied by slides if they wish, using the Cisco WebEx professional online conference platform (easy for delegates – we’ll provide full details)
  • opportunities for live delegate questions and comments with all speakers
  • a recording of the addresses, all slides cleared by speakers, and further materials are made available to all delegates afterwards as a permanent record of the proceedings
  • delegates are able to add their own written comments and articles following the conference, to be distributed to all attendees and more widely
  • networking too – there will be opportunities for delegates to e-meet and interact – we’ll tell you how!


December 14, 2021
9:00 am - 1:00 pm




Westminster Energy, Environment & Transport Forum
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