Find common ground for development of shale gas in Europe | Shale Gas Environmental Summit

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Shale Gas Environmental Summit 2013 will tackle the latest industry issues by sorting the myths and facts surrounding pollution and seismic activity, debating legislation currently in place and the evolution of policy for better regulation, evaluating the technological advancements in environmentally sustainable fracking solutions, analysing public-private awareness & engagement initiatives, discussing environmental risk management and assessing the reality of shale gas as an economically viable alternative to meet the UK and Europe’s increasing energy consumption.

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The UK Government’s Secretary of State, Edward Davey, made the case for the safe and responsible exploration of shale gas, in line with the UK’s climate change targets. In a speech to the Royal Society, Davey said that if shale gas could be developed in an economically viable and environmentally friendly way, it would benefit the UK by increasing energy security, providing more jobs and increasing tax revenues. Davey was responding to the findings of a new report which estimates that the carbon footprint of UK produced shale gas would likely be significantly less than coal and also lower than imported Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG).

Against this backdrop, SMi's 4th Shale Gas Environmental Summit, taking place on 22-23 October in London, will assess the environmental impact of shale gas exploration, improve sustainability and ultimately maximise this abundant resource's commercial potential. The two-day event will feature presentations from senior industry figures addressing:

  • The myths from the facts surrounding pollution and seismic activity
  • Navigation through the regulatory landscape currently in place and the evolution of policy for better legislation
  • Evaluation of technology advances in environmentally sustainable hydraulic fracturing solutions
  • Analysis of public-private awareness and engagement initiatives
  • Discussion on environmental risk management
  • The reality of shale gas as an economically viable alternative to meet the UK and Europe’s increasing energy consumption

Speaker Panel includes:

  • Keisuke Sadamori, Director, Energy Markets and Security, IEA
  • Scott Foster, Director of Sustainable Energy Division, UN Economic Commission for Europe
  • David Kennedy, Chief Executive, Committee on Climate Change
  • Kevin Skipworth, CVO, Agent General, Government of Western Australia
  • Vanessa Harvard Williams, Partner and Global Head of Environment and Climate Change Team, Linklaters
  • Rob Foulkes, Senior Associate, Critical Resource
  • Ken Cronin, Chief Executive, UK Onshore Operations Group
  • Corin Taylor, Senior Economic Advisor, Institute of Directors
  • Michael Holgate, Independent Energy Consultant, Plexus Energy
  • Dr Marco Althaus, Professor of Social Sciences, Wildau Technical University
  • Jake White, Lawyer, Friends of the Earth

To view the full speaker line-up and complete conference programme, visit http://www.smi-online.co.uk/2013shale2.asp

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