Wednesday 17th November 2021
Collaboration, opportunity and innovation were the buzz words at this years’ Liquid Gas UK Annual Conference which was held last week in York.
Over 160 delegates from across three continents made the journey to the north of the country where an impressive line-up of energy experts gathered together to talk about the UK in Transition and the opportunities which lie ahead for the LPG industry.
In addition to talks from representatives from the Department of Transport, the HSE, the Energy Networks Association and the WLPGA, there were expert panels discussing everything from new technologies, through to housing and hard to heat homes, industry trends from across the World and what can be learnt from successes in other countries, as well as what the challenges might be and how they can be tackled.
Joy Alafia was the Keynote speaker and travelled over to the UK from California to share her experiences of developing successful strategies and outcomes during transitional periods for the industry, and what can be learnt from the United States. She also spoke about the work that has been done to support marginalised communities and those with limited income to access affordable and renewable energy.
James Rockall from the WLPGA talked about COP26 and the contribution LPG can make towards a responsible energy future, and Eric Johnson from Atlantic Consulting talked about biogases, how they can be created and how we all need to be searching for renewable alternatives during a time when the opportunity is there to find new solutions.
One of the highlights of this years’ event was the launch of the Young Person in LPG Awards, a new initiative developed by Sophia Haywood, Director of Public Affairs at Liquid Gas UK to recognise emerging talent and encourage diversity and new skills in the industry.
The awards were sponsored by Vaillant and Jess Speed from Continental won the accolade of Rising Star and Melissa Chisell from AvantiGas was awarded Young Apprentice of the Year.
An evening drinks reception and dinner rounded off the event which received many compliments and kind words directed to the Liquid Gas UK team who had worked hard behind the scenes and during the conference to make it all run smoothly and successfully.
Work is now underway to plan the 2022 Annual Conference which will be held next November in Edinburgh.
The trade association for the LPG and bioLPG industry in the UK