Ricardo-AEA provides expert insight on natural gas at first EU-Norway Energy conference

Ricardo-AEA’s energy and climate change practice director Heather Haydock is joining a high level panel to provide expertise on natural gas at the first EU-Norway Energy Conference in Brussels today.

The European Commission and Norwegian Ministry of Petroleum and Energy organised the conference to explore the role of natural gas in future EU energy systems.  

Heather Haydock will sit on a panel discussing natural gas technologies.  The session will be chaired by Fabrizio Barbaso, Deputy Director-General, DG Energy at the European Commission.  Other panellists include Simon Ashwell, European Energy Policy Leader at General Electric and Inge Gran, the President of SINTEF Energy Research.

The conference will also include a keynote address by the European Commissioner for Energy, Günther Oettinger and the Norwegian Minister of Petroleum and Energy, Ola Borten Moe.

Studies by Ricardo-AEA for the European Gas Forum and the European Commission show that natural gas can play an important role in decarbonising power generation, heat and transport, particularly over the next two decades.  

“Natural gas has a lower carbon content than coal or oil and can provide air quality benefits, as well as helping to reduce greenhouse gas emissions,” said Heather Haydock.   

“Beyond 2030 much deeper emissions cuts will be needed to prevent dangerous climate change.  Decarbonisation will involve a range of different fuels and technologies, with carbon capture and storage (CCS) playing an important role in power generation and industry.  Without CCS, natural gas will only be a transition fuel for these sectors.  

“In the transport sector, natural gas is likely to be the most cost-effective long term option for heavy duty vehicles and shipping where electrification and switching to hydrogen would be difficult and expensive.”

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Leading environmental consultancy Ricardo-AEA has grown by around 20 percent in Scotland over the past year.
Ricardo-AEA is currently working on a number of projects in Scotland across resource efficiency, carbon management, renewables and air quality. A major area of focus at present is supporting the Scottish Government and Zero Waste Scotland in moving Scotland towards a zero waste economy and in particular providing support to SMEs to realise the substantial economic benefits available through resource efficiency.
Leadership by the Scottish government in important policy areas such as resource efficiency and the development of the Low Carbon Economic Strategy intends to increase the value of the low carbon goods and services sector to more than 10 percent of the Scottish economy by 2015, creating 60,000 green jobs. The Low Carbon Economic Strategy also aims to encourage Scottish companies to exploit commercial opportunities.
Jamie Pitcairn, director of Ricardo-AEA in Scotland said: “The growth of Ricardo-AEA in Scotland is a direct result of the country’s ambitious targets, supported by the policies and practical leadership of the Scottish government. We look forward to supporting both government agencies and the private sector in realizing the potential for a low carbon Scot