EUA and IGEM today (14 May 2014) co-hosted the 2014 Gas Industry Awards in Central London. These annual Awards recognise the exceptional and innovative work carried out by the gas industry, with the Awards sponsored by an abundance of highly regarded industry organisations, this truly is an all encompassing event that celebrates great talent.
As ENA provide support to the Gas Industry Safety Group (GISG), who sponsored the Safety Award, we were very excited to attend such an event, especially as Caroline Flint MP (Shadow Secretary of State for Energy & Climate Change) was the Guest Speaker. Electricity gains the spotlight so much that it is important that the future of gas is celebrated by peers, parliamentarians and industry alike.
Gas is a vital part of the energy mix and Flint was keen to stress that as a country it is our primary source of energy, especially for heating our homes, “with the right policies, gas can have an equally important role as part of a more secure, more affordable and lower carbon energy mix for the future”. She further reinforced that energy efficiency is a challenge, particularly as it impacts on jobs, health and the economy, and as a result Labour will shortly publish their next Green Paper on the challenges faced by energy efficiency, furthermore she asked for the gas industry to share their views on this for the future.
Described as the “big overlooked area”, green gas could provide the solution to the industries question over the future of gas. Flint is a keen advocate of green gas, not only can it improve energy security, help cut our carbon emissions and provide a solution to waste management it can all be done using our existing infrastructure – the gas grid. It is difficult not to be enthused by her engaging argument and indeed the potential is there with over 100 plants converting biodegradable waste into gas already in the industry.
Flint ended her speech announcing that if Labour are elected next year they will “ask the Committee on Climate Change, with National Grid, to report by the end of 2015 with advice and recommendations for the policy and regulatory reforms needed to maximise the potential for the development of green gas”.
ENA members, Wales & West Utilities, were the big winners as they won the Manager of the Year Award, the Leadership Award and the Young Persons Achievement Award. Other winners included National Grid’s CCS Storage Team who received the Innovation Award while the Company of the Year was awarded to Towngas China Company Limited.