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While the pandemic has prevented us from meeting in person, IGEM has continued to bring you the best content from across the whole of the gas industry. Take a look at just some of the exciting webinars coming soon to ascreen near you.

The Henry Cavendish Lecture Series 

From April, IGEM will be presenting the Henry Cavendish Lecture Series – an exciting programme of webinars celebrating the UK gas industry in preparation for the UK’s hosting of the 26th UN Climate Change Conference of the Parties (COP26) in Glasgow.

The series, named after the English natural philosopher, chemist and physicist, will feature members of the UK government’s Hydrogen Advisory Council, who will deliver their perspectives on the future of a UK hydrogen economy.

Cavendish is noted for his discovery of hydrogen, which he termed ‘inflammable air’, described in his 1766 paper, On Factitious Airs. Antoine Lavoisier later reproduced Cavendish’s experiment and gave the element its name. Gas chemistry was of increasing importance in the latter half of the 18th century and became crucial for Frenchman Lavoisier’s reform of chemistry, generally known as the chemical revolution.

Details of the series have now been finalised, welcoming leading figures from across the energy landscape, including politicians, chief executives, business leaders, climate change advisors, academics and innovators working in the low carbon technology space.

Speakers confirmed so far include Paul Bogers, Vice President of Hydrogen at Shell, Professor Nilay Shah of Imperial College and Buta Atwal, CEO at Ryse Hydrogen.

Industrial Clusters

The UK is poised to take a global leadership role in the development of hydrogen technology and carbon capture utilisation and storage (CCUS), as a package of measures to support the transition to a net zero economy by 2050 or earlier.

The government’s 10-point plan for a green industrial revolution confirmed a number of areas and funding commitments designed to explore green energy opportunities and incentivise private sector investment in new solutions for heat, industry and transport.

The government’s Industrial Strategy set out the aim to create a net zero carbon industrial cluster by 2040, which would be a world first. The UK wants to attract innovators, investors and problem solvers to create a lowcarbon exemplar that others in the UK and internationally can learn from and replicate. To support this, we are running a series with each cluster presenting their plans.

In June and July, we’ll be looking at how a number of strategic industrial clusters across the UK are being supported by BEIS and Innovate UK to decarbonise by 2040. Find out how these projects are contributing to the development of the country’s clean growth strategy and how the worlds of energy and industry are working together to build a greener future.

In South Wales, we’ll look at how a diverse mix of critical industry is working in collaboration to achieve common objectives for decarbonisation and green jobs, as well as targeting a net zero carbon cluster by 2040. The South Wales plan is focused on societal needs, the circular economy and the greater clean growth aspirations of the region, tackling the common and unique commercial and operational challenges facing the area.

We’ll also be meeting the business leaders behind the Black Country Consortium, which aims to reduce carbon emissions to zero by 2030 through a co-ordinated programme of transformational projects focused around a new type of industrial estate: the zero carbon hub.

The Tees Valley is the UK’s most compact and integrated industrial cluster with a radius of just five miles.

The cluster includes several of the UK’s top CO₂ emitters and is responsible for 8.8 million tonnes of CO₂. The Tees Valley industrial cluster generates £12 billion of exports annually, employs over 12,000 people and currently contributes some £2.5 billion to UK gross value added (GVA). 

The cluster plan, led by the Tees Valley Combined Authority, will identify the most appropriate range of technologies and potential pathways for the various industrial producers and energy generators in the Tees Valley, considering both existing and future new entrants. It is expected that this plan will combine carbon capture at scale, fuel switching to hydrogen, integration of renewables, low carbon energy sources, feedstocks changes, together with improved process and energy efficiencies.

Scotland’s Net Zero Roadmap (SNZR) SNZR will provide a blueprint for competitive decarbonisation of the region through continued and growing prosperity across the economy.

The Net Zero NW Cluster Plan, led by Peel Environmental, will set out the transition to net zero for industry in the North West of England and North East Wales. It will describe the investments, technologies, infrastructure changes and sequencing required to fulfil the UK’s industrial clusters mission.

Working with industrial partners across the Humber, the Humber Local Enterprise Partnership (Humber LEP) and membership organisation CATCH are helping the UK’s largest industrial cluster by carbon emissions to achieve net zero by 2040. Hear how they are making safeguarding competitiveness imperative for the local economy and identifying the full range of interventions required to achieve their goals.

Finally, find out how the Port of Southampton could become a hydrogen superhub, following a funding commitment from gas network company SGN and Macquarie’s Green Investment Group (GIG).

Energy Leaders Series

In September and October, we’ll be sharing knowledge of the wider energy transition agenda by inviting senior leaders from a range of trade bodies to share their vision and plans for reaching net zero.

You’ll hear from representatives from the oil and gas industry, those working in renewable and low carbon energy, the leaders of energy efficiency bodies and our own President.

For more information on how to book for any of the events mentioned above, visit our events and courses page.

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