Industry Insights Program

II Session
Audience Q&A
15:00  -  16:15

II1: GAME CHANGING TECHNOLOGIES EVOLVING LNG BUSINESS

This session will address major technological innovations that are currently being deployed or are targeted for deployment across the LNG value chain, which represent breakthroughs in expanding the market for LNG, reduce costs of energy delivered in the form of LNG, and increase the safety and sustainability of the LNG system designs and operations. Innovations covered will comprise of technologies serving the traditional LNG value chain and new market applications including small scale LNG, remote natural gas development, transportation markets including land vehicles and marine vessels, and other novel applications.

15:00  -  16:15

II2: STRATEGIES AND CHALLENGES FOR ENABLING NATURAL GAS NETWORKS TO DISTRIBUTE HYDROGEN GAS

This session will provide best practice and case studies for enabling use of the existing natural gas distribution network to transport hydrogen safely at the lowest cost within the shortest timescales.

16:45  -  18:00

II4: ADVANCES IN GHG EMISSIONS REDUCTION AND FOR RENEWABLE GASSES IN TRANSMISSION SYSTEMS

This session will review how TSOs are creating and maintaining their social licence with stakeholders through proactive engagement for general interest and preservation of climate and biodiversity.

16:45  -  18:00

II5: DECENTRALIZATION: THE ROLE OF GAS TECHNOLOGIES TO REALIZE RESILIENT, ROBUST, AND SMART SOCIETY

As the penetration of renewable electricity increases, the instability of the power grid increases and thus challenges for the local energy system increase. These can be met by the gas system, as fuel cells, hybrid heating, hybrid industrial high temperature systems, GHP, and micro-CHP generate options for smart integrated energy networks. The best mixture of gas and electricity will constitute constructs mutually complementary system. The session will focus on how gas can be used to create smarter grids, and combined with virtual power plant (VPP) gas utilization is an instrument for improving reliability and resilience.

16:45  -  18:00

II6: MARKET DEVELOPMENTS BY SCIENCE, ENGINEERING AND COMMERCIAL INNOVATION

This session will explore the commercial innovation in contracting to capture new demand.

  • How do new indices and destination flexibility offer more value to buyers?
  • Will CNG and LNG for land and marine transportation play pivotal roles as solutions to increase gas demand?
  • Small scale solutions for penetrating niche and untapped markets will cover how LNG barge/ISO tanks/gas to power/bulk breaking play a role in tapping into new markets.
16:45  -  18:00

II7: THE EVOLVING ROLE OF GASES IN PROVIDING CLEAN, SAFE, RELIABLE AND AFFORDABLE ENERGY FOR ALL

This session aims to explore the evolving role of gases in achieving clean, safe, reliable and affordable Energy for All, including:

  • The role of gases in under-developed, developing and developed economies
  • Fostering economic development and the importance of energy security
  • Gas technologies that are enabling improvements in air quality, health and energy access in remote communities
  • Balancing decarbonization and net zero emissions targets with affordability and reliability
16:45  -  18:00

II8: THE ROLE OF GAS AND RENEWABLES IN A DECARBONIZED ENERGY SYSTEM

Gas and renewables have a complementing role towards a low carbon emission future. This session will discuss the role of renewables and gas in a decarbonized energy system.

16:45  -  18:00

II9: UPDATE ON GREENHOUSE GAS EMISSIONS, MEASUREMENT, AND REPORTING ALONG LNG CHAIN

This session will address data and methods for accounting for greenhouse gas emission from LNG value chain elements and innovations in emission measurements as well as reporting requirements as the worldwide LNG industry works toward reducing its contribution to world greenhouse gas emissions.

16:45  -  18:00

II10: COMMUNICATING A COMPELLING ENERGY VISION

Around the world, gas companies and associations are developing Energy Visions – long term views on how the energy markets can develop, and what the role of gas is in it. These Energy Visions make sure our sector stays part of the important conversation on a sustainable energy vision. It makes sure we are relevant in the debate. This session seeks to inspire IGU members to share their Energy Visions positioning, launches and communication initiatives.

This session will examine:

  • Examples of Energy Visions from around the world by companies and associations.
  • Best practices and lessons learned on how to position effectively & successfully this energy vision.
  • Communication expert view: Insights & principles to communicate in a compelling & confident manner.
  • Outside-in view: Successful examples from other industry sectors.

 

11:15  -  12:30

II12: CLEANER ENERGY: WHICH ROLE WILL NEW GASES LIKE HYDROGEN, BIOGAS OR SYNGAS PLAY IN THE FUTURE?

As power becomes cleaner around the world, gas industry is facing the challenge to re-shape its classical product: natural gas. It could be blended with biogas, hydrogen or syngas. Hydrogen from renewable source or produced from methane might turn into a welcomed option to lower emissions in cities or in entire sectors like transportation. Is there a synergy between these different types of gases or will the amount of greener gases remain insignificant? This session will throw a light on different options, first experiences and forecasts for different markets.

11:15  -  12:30

II13: DE-CARBONIZATION: THE ROLE OF GAS TECHNOLOGIES TOWARD A LOW CARBON SOCIETY

This session will address which emerging gas technologies will enable a systemic solution that support a low carbon energy system that includes heat, power, and mobility. This includes but is not limited to technologies such as Hydrogen (blue and green), Biogas, Power to Gas, LNG. Participants will share how these technologies should couple with low carbon electrical systems to achieve a resilient and economically viable energy system. Finally, the panel will highlight the key challenges facing adoption of these technologies sharing the regulatory, policy, and financial developments from their geographic regions, including suggested solutions to overcome these barriers.

11:15  -  12:30

II14: EVOLUTION OF GAS/LNG CONTRACTS – WHERE DO THINGS STAND TODAY?

This session will examine the evolution of gas and LNG contracts to understand which clauses changed over the past years, providing the reason for the changes and whether those changes are sustainable over time.

11:15  -  12:30

II15: GAS PLAYERS’ STRATEGIES IN THE CHANGING BUSINESS & MARKET ENVIRONMENTS

This session will define:

  • The changing business & market environments for gas players
  • The strategies which gas players have taken in the changing business & market environments
  • In what direction are gas players’ strategies proceeding with
11:15  -  12:30

II16: HOW THE INDUSTRY RESPONDS TO ADAPT ITS BUSINESS MODELS TO DECARBONIZATION AND NET-ZERO EMISSIONS

This session aims to explore how the gas industry responds to the energy policies targeting decarbonisation and adapts its business models. Topic will include practical examples and cases, both successful or failures to learn from:

  • The case of global gas/energy corporations active in several jurisdictions having to cope with a multiplicity of policies.
  • The case of regional and national/local companies serving in jurisdictions dealing with the same policy.
  • How new entrants are taking the opportunities created by the incoming policies.
  • The cases of successful partnership between gas/energy with electricity companies and other stakeholders.
  • The new potential businesses and the entrepreneurship
11:15  -  12:30

II17: NATURAL GAS – THE VERY BEST AND ESSENTIAL VECTOR TOWARDS A SUSTAINABLE AND LOW CARBON WORLD

The session will focus on how natural and renewable gas plays a fundamental role for decarbonizing industry and tertiary sector, paying attention to:

  • Marketing strategies & Energy demand growth
  • Power generation
  • Very high energy efficiency industrial and commercial applications
  • Other uses (as raw material)
  • The comparison to other energy solutions
  • The role of renewable gases
  • Management and impact of gas quality
11:15  -  12:30

II18: POSITIONING DISRUPTIVE BUSINESS MODELS

The world is changing fast, and so is the gas sector. New business models are disrupting our business. These disruptive business models go hand in hand with new approaches to marketing.

Information and communication technologies (ICT) have generated profound changes in the structures and conceptions of organizations, both in the ways of working and in the interaction with their audiences. There is an evident communication and management dimension in the marketing of these technologies that needs to be addressed for a better understanding of current organizational dynamics.

This session will analyze marketing for the gas industry with a specific focus on positioning ICT strategies such as business intelligence, big data customer relationship management, e-marketing, mobile marketing, Geographic information systems, monitoring and analysis, Blockchain technology for delivering more transparency; tactics to encourage culture of innovation and technology adoption and to promote new digital thinking, among others.

The objectives are:

  • To identify best practices, guidelines and ideas to improve the use of information and communication technologies to achieving marketing goals.
  • To analyse barriers present in the processes of technological change within gas industry.
  • To encourage the development of strategic criteria for the application of information and communication technology tools in organizational processes.
  • To examine the main tools of information, communication, and marketing technologies in the internal and external activities of organizational communication.
15:00  -  16:15

II20: THE IMPACTS OF COVID-19 PANDEMIC ON THE GAS INDUSTRY AND MARKETS

The spread of the deadly COVID-19 has impacted the gas industry and markets as well as other industries.
In this session, the impacts will be categorized and discussed in terms of sustainability aspects.
This session is also exploring the technical, social, economic aspects of the impacts and the post COVID-19 outlook of gas industry and markets.

16:45  -  18:00

II23: FUTURE GAS E&P TECHNOLOGIES AND DEMAND IN THE GLOBAL ENERGY MIX

Gas demand will play a key role in the future energy transition. The session will focus on new demand in power generation, industry, transports, petrochemicals and domestic usages:

  • gas will compete with nuclear energy to displace coal and support renewable energy in electric generation;
  • in transports gas and more specifically LNG will compete with electricity and hydrogen to displace oil for cars, trucks and boats;
  • in housing (heating, hot water) gas will compete with electricity (heat pump) to displace fuel and coal;
  • in Industry gas will be the best option to replace fuel and coal.
16:45  -  18:00

II25: GLOBAL GAS PRICING

During the last 15 years there has been a global trend towards market-based pricing for natural gas. However, regulated price formation mechanism still has an important market share. This session will focus on developments in price formation patterns, both on global and regional levels, diversity of modes of price origination and their evolution.

16:45  -  18:00

II26: REACHING REMOTE AREAS WITH GAS/LNG – HELPING ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT

This session will provide an insight on projected or existing projects thought to reach new customers by break bulk and road/rail transport of LNG:

  • Economics justifying the investment
  • Showcase of how they can help the economic development of remote areas
16:45  -  18:00

II27: SUSTAINABLE TRANSPORTATION POWERED BY GAS

The session will focus on the contribution of natural and renewable gas on achieving a sustainable transport system, breaking down by sectors (light duty vehicles, buses, trucks and ships) and paying attention to:

  • Environmental benefits
  • Economics
  • Technologies
  • Availability
  • Regulatory framework
  • Safety
  • Public perception
  • Challenges and barriers
11:15  -  12:30

II29: ACHIEVING NET ZERO EMISSIONS THROUGH THE HYBRIDIZATION OF GASES AND VARIABLE RENEWABLE ELECTRICITY SOURCES. ENERGY SECTOR INTEGRATION

This session aims to explore how natural gas can complement and partner with renewable energy sources to achieve net zero emissions, including:

  • Examples of natural gas partnering with variable renewable electricity and natural gas, low carbon gases, decarbonized gases and renewable gases
  • The need for customized energy frameworks to balance decarbonization, reliability and affordability through energy sector integration
  • Recognizing the important role of all gases (natural gas, low-carbon and renewable) in the evolving energy supply mix
  • Policy settings required to support continued financing and development of gases (natural gas resources , low-carbon/renewable gases)
11:15  -  12:30

II30: ADVANCES IN GAS DISTRIBUTION SYSTEM INTEGRITY

This session will examine the advances in the gas distribution system with the view of system integrity as a platform of Innovation ecosystem for the sustainable future.

11:15  -  12:30

II32: GAS ALTERNATIVES TO ELECTRIFICATION: AFFORDABLY REDUCING RESIDENTIAL EMISSIONS

New technologies and products that will enable industry to leverage big data to better engage consumers and manage our gas systems. This session includes the following:

  • Solutions for GHG emission reductions in household gas installations
  • Use of blockchain for residential consumers
11:15  -  12:30

II33: INNOVATIONS CREATE VALUE FOR TSO AND STAKEHOLDERS

This session aims to give an overview of how TSOs are creating value for stakeholders by driving innovation through digitalization and the implementation of best practice management systems.

11:15  -  12:30

II35: MARKET OPPORTUNITIES FOR UNDERGROUND GAS STORAGE

Storage operations around the world face widely different market conditions. This session will present the current world storage capacities, explore market differences, and discuss unrecognized values of storage. It will also look at new market opportunities for energy storage, whether through storage of new gases or the storage as a backbone to support renewable electricity production.

  • Future role of Underground Storage
  • Market opportunities and barriers in different geographical areas
  • Seasonal Markets, Demand Based Markets
  • Current Storage Statistics
11:15  -  12:30

II36: THE IMPORTANCE AND ROLE OF CIRCULAR ECONOMY IN PROMOTING NATURAL GAS FOR A SUSTAINABLE FUTURE

Circular economy is an economic model aimed at optimizing consumption of finite sources and minimizing waste, and can be one of the solutions towards a sustainable future. This session will provide insights into the concept, its benefits and its implementation practices in gas business.

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