II1: 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.
II2: 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
II3: NO SUCCESSFUL CLIMATE POLICY WITHOUT AN INCREASE IN ENERGY EFFICIENCY. WHAT DOES THIS MEAN FOR GAS?
Are gas-based technologies more efficient compared to alternatives like coal or even renewables? This session will provide comparisons for all three sectors: power, heating, transportation. Benchmark could be either tons of CO2 reduction or efficiency increase achieved per investment.
II4: 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
- Outside-in view: Successful examples from other industry sectors.
II5: 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.
II6: PARIS AGREEMENT IMPACTS ON GAS CONSUMPTION
This session will look at how much the scenarios of gas market development depend on ecology-related assumptions. This session will analyze that the implementation of the Paris Agreement will increase natural gas consumption in the mid-term and long-term.
II7: 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
II8: 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.
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.
II10: 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.
II11: “MEGABYTES TO MOLECULES” – DIGITALIZATION IN THE E&P OF NATURAL GAS
The Covid-19 pandemic has created the urgency to digitize the industry. Digital enablers from process digitization to robotics and automation are essential to sustain remote operations safely, reduce capital expenditure and cut up-stream operating costs.
This session will examine:
· Advances in sensors, remote control and operations, automation and virtualization applications;
· Geo spatial analytics for increasing the safety and efficiency of gas operations, logistics, supply-chain and distribution networks;
· Advanced analytics to decrease maintenance costs and increase productivity and sustainability of upstream operations;
· 4-D seismic imaging and all applications that measure and predict reservoir fluid characteristics and increase recovery rates.
II12: 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.
II13: USING SOCIAL MEDIA TO ENGAGE STAKEHOLDERS
This session aims to give an overview of the power of social media, question whether the gas industry globally is leveraging this powerful medium, consider examples of where it is being used effectively and hear from social media experts with advice on how to strategize efficiently.
This session will examine:
- How to connect a common message on a global scale.
- How to target the right stakeholders with the right message via social media.
- How to navigate the social media landscape.
- What platforms work best, when and how.
- What are case studies of successful social media programmes.
- How to disseminate real-time news and promote information discovery.
II14: ENERGY POLICIES AND INSTRUMENTS DRIVING TO DECARBONISATION AND NET ZERO EMISSIONS & THE ROLE AND INFLUENCE OF FINANCIAL INSTITUTIONS AND THE CIVIL SOCIETY
This session aims to explore energy, financial and tax policies to drive decarbonisation and the achievement of Net Zero emissions, including the short term GHG and Methane Emissions abatement. Topics will include practical examples to be provided by:
– The analysis provided by the specialists in the companies
– The vision from global, regional and national policy makers/analysts
– The point of view of all kind of financial institutions
– The debates in the Academia and Think Tanks
– The influence of NGOs and others in the Civil Society
– The impact on policy of debates of the Mass Media and Social Networks
– The impact of decarbonisation policies on Security of Supply, Security of Demand, Transit and Trade of gas
II15: DECENTRALIZATION: THE ROLE OF GAS TECHNOLOGIES TO REALIZE RESILENT, 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.
II16: 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.
II17 ENVIRONMENTAL IMPROVEMENTS AND IMPACTS OF UNDERGROUND STORAGE OPERATIONS
Environmental concerns are affecting all areas of the natural gas value chain including storage. This session will focus on both reducing the environmental impacts of storage and the large role of storage in the in advancing the evolving sustainable energy future.
– Methane Emission and Reductions
– Environmental Assessments of Storage
– Opportunities for Energy Storage in a reduced carbon electric system
– Seasonal Energy Storage
– Storage of unconventional gases
II18: 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
II19: ADVANTAGES OF SMART GAS DISTRIBUTION GRIDS FROM THE CUSTOMER PERSPECTIVE
This session will explore how gas distribution grids with Information & Communication Technology can be used to better meet the needs of customers and to promote decentralized and integrated local energy markets.
II20: 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.
II21: HOW DOES THE INDUSTRY RESPOND TO ADAPT ITS BUSINESS MODELS TO DECARBONISATION 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
II22: 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.
II23: 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.
II24: 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.
II25: ENVIRONMENTAL, SOCIAL AND GOVERNANCE (ESG) PRACTICES AND STAKEHOLDERS’ ENGAGEMENT IN PROMPTING THE ROLE OF NATURAL GAS
Good practices of HSSE is gaining public acceptance of gas development and delivery. This session will discuss good practices in HSSE and innovative practices to strengthen public acceptance of gas development and delivery.
II26: SUSTAINABLE TRANSPORTATION POWERED BY GAS
The session will focus on the contribution of natural and renewable gas on getting a sustainable transport, breakdowning by sectors (light duty vehicles, buses, trucks and ships) and paying attention to:
- Environmental benefits
- Regulatory framework
- Public perception
- Challenges and barriers
II27: GAS TRANSMISSION NETWORKS FOR MARKETS VITALITY
This session will examine how TSOs can increase the flexibility, resilience and affordability of energy systems, through sector coupling and market integrations.
II28: THE ROLE OF POLICY AND FINANCING IN SUPPORTING ENERGY ACCESS IN DEVELOPING ECONOMIES
This session aims to explore the policy settings required to support continued investment in and development of, natural gas resources and infrastructure in developing economies including:
- The critical role of government policy in facilitating energy access
- The key components of effective government policy
- The role of targets and subsidies in supporting infrastructure development
- Financing trends for developing economies; what is needed to support continued investment in gas?
- The potential unintended consequences of net zero emissions targets on energy access in developing nations
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)
II30: 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
II31: FUTURE GAS DEMAND IN THE WORLD 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.
II32: 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.
II33: 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.
II34: 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.
II35: FUTURE GAS EXPLORATION AND DEVELOPMENT TO SATISFY DEMAND
Gas will play an essential role in the future energy mix. This session is dedicated to investigate the future requirement for future exploration and development and will cover:
- Decline of current world resources coming from brown fields, expected peak gas with and without new development;
- All the types of development including conventional and unconventional resources, extension of mature onshore and offshore fields etc.;
- Main limiting development factors : technical, human resources, social, environmental;
- Investments required to develop such resources (capital available, private vs public);
- Geopolitics: which producing countries will satisfy this supply?
II36: SAFETY ADVANCES IN UNDERGROUND GAS STORAGE DESIGN AND OPERATION
This session will focus on advances in underground gas storage safety. It will explore several aspects of safety including; changes to codes and standards and the drivers of these changes; risk analysis and integrity management programs and techniques, and operational and procedures safety changes. Also explored will be design and construction issues that affect safe storage systems and ongoing operations.
II37: 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
II38: MARKET LIBERALIZATION AND PRICE DEREGULATION
Price regulation by the governments significantly affects attractiveness of gas industry for investments both domestic and external. This session will explore domestic price regulation patterns, impediments for the market reforms, affects of government intervention on price setting, different strategies of market liberalization.
II39: 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