Future of Gas Forum: May 2019

Our first Future of Gas Forum, launched in May 2019

We were delighted to welcome people representing a broad range of gas industry and stakeholder views to our first Future of Gas Forum on 16 May 2019 in London.

The Forum will bring the community of decision makers and stakeholders together to develop a long-term change plan for gas market frameworks – the Gas Markets Plan.

The day began with presentations by National Grid SO, giving an introduction to the Gas Markets Plan and an update on our work so far.  Later in the day we explained our planned next steps and invited nominations to join our Future of Gas Forum Steering Group.

Dave Buttery, Deputy Director of Energy Security at the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy presented A Policy Perspective, highlighting that gas remains important for the future but the industry needs to continue to evolve to meet future challenges. He stressed the importance of the Future of Gas Forum and GMaP in delivering a collective industry and stakeholder approach.

Mindful of the importance of European policy activities related to gas, Malcolm Arthur, Business Area Manager – Market, at the European Network of Transmission System Operators for Gas (ENTSOG) gave an overview of What is Happening in the EU. He stressed the importance of involvement in shaping future gas policy, including the Gas 2020 package and future EU Codes.

Attendees addressed our panel of Dave, Malcolm and Dipali Raniga (Frameworks & Policy Development Manager) with questions about what the next decade of policy development means for the future of the gas market.

We had a great level of discussion during breakout sessions to explore how discrete themes of future change could result in different needs from the market frameworks, with the aim of beginning to create the GMaP. Feedback on those discussions was introduced by representatives from IGEM, ESB, Energy UK, British Ceramic Confederation and Cadent, giving perspectives from their parts of the industry on the future of the gas market. The output from breakout session is now available here.

Please do get in touch if you’d like to discuss your ideas about how we can collaborate in future. Email [email protected].