Imperial College London

Methane Guiding Principles Global Outreach Programme – Course Update

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The SGI delivered two highly successful courses in November 2020 as part of the Methane Guiding Principles Global Outreach Programme.

Dr Adam Hawkes, Director of the Sustainable Gas Institute, and his team delivered two highly successful courses in November 2020 as part of the Methane Guiding Principles Global Outreach Programme. The Global Outreach Programme covers methane science, methane reduction strategies and planning, measurement techniques, technology, policy, and where to get guidance and support.

The courses from the SGI included:

  • A SNAM/ENI Masterclass – including SNAM, ENI and their respective supply chain companies and partners.
  • A SNAM/ENI Executive Course – including SNAM, ENI and their respective supply chain companies and partners.
  • A Eurogas/Wintershall Masterclass, which included a policy panel in the evening which was given wide coverage across the supply chain. Dr Hawkes moderated the panel at the end of the day which was attended by about 300 people. Panellists included Malcolm McDowell, Policy Officer, European Commission, DG ENER,Thilo Wieland, Member of the Board, Wintershall DEA, Eva Hennig, Chair of the Eurogas Distribution Committee and Head of Energy Policy, Thüga, Poppy Kalesi, Director Global Energy, Environmental Defense Fund.
  • A TOTAL internal Masterclass – staff from across the world from Argentina to Malaysia.

The Methane Guiding Principles is a voluntary, international multi-stakeholder partnership between industry and non-industry organisations. It has a focus on priority areas for action along the natural gas supply chain, from production to the final consumer. As well as contributing to the training in this area, the Sustainable Gas Institute team are simultaneously working to address research gaps alongside this industry-facing activity.

‘Along the pathways towards decarbonisation, it is essential that all the operators across the entire gas value chain share the best approaches, to constantly assure stakeholders that methane emissions are being managed responsibly by the gas sector. The MGP courses, a very good balance between methane science studies and business cases, are a great opportunity to improve know-how and awareness among operators.’ Davide Scrocchi, SNAM.

‘In Eurogas, we strongly believe in the value of the Methane Guiding Principles to build a streamlined approach in dealing with methane emissions. While this has to often been done in isolation in every part of the gas value chain, the MGP gives an opportunity to go beyond that, by working on common approaches and common strategies to deal with methane emissions. The MGP outreach programme and the work which Imperial College do in this regard is invaluable in ensuring that knowledge is shared and discussed with stakeholders in an approachable way that highlights main challenges and benefits associated with improved methane emission mitigation policies. Nicolas Jensen, Senior Policy Advisor, Eurogas.

 

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Emily Govan

Emily Govan
Department of Life Sciences