Past events - 2016

We hold regular events to give organisations and individuals with a vested interest in our activities the chance to share their views. Take a look at our upcoming events to see what’s coming up, or find out about past events including outcomes and next steps.

H21 – launches Regional

Date: 06 October 2016

Summary

Pioneering plans to convert significant parts of the UK gas grid to be 100% hydrogen were presented in Leeds on Thursday, 6th October. The proposals, which were unveiled to stakeholders from across the region are contained in the H21 Leeds City Gate report, which calls for the gas grid to be converted to hydrogen, starting with the Leeds city region and then for conversion to take place incrementally across the country.

We welcomed more than 50 stakeholders from the worlds of local authority, business and further education across Yorkshire and Teesside, to learn more about the next steps for the project and further explore the economic opportunities for the North that the study presents.

This regional launch follows the national launch event in Westminster in July where it was revealed that converting the UK gas grid to hydrogen will be a major step towards meeting the UK’s carbon reduction targets.

Response

We are working with key partners to secure funding to take the steps set out in the full report H21 Leeds City Gate, forward.  More information on the project can be found at http://www.northerngasnetworks.co.uk/2016/07/watch-our-h21-leeds-city-gate-film/.

H21 – launches – National

Date: 11 July 2016

Summary

Pioneering plans to convert significant parts of the UK gas grid to be 100% hydrogen were presented in Leeds on Thursday, 6th October. The proposals, which were unveiled to stakeholders from across the region are contained in the H21 Leeds City Gate report, which calls for the gas grid to be converted to hydrogen, starting with the Leeds city region and then for conversion to take place incrementally across the country.

We welcomed more than 50 stakeholders from the worlds of local authority, business and further education across Yorkshire and Teesside, to learn more about the next steps for the project and further explore the economic opportunities for the North that the study presents.

This regional launch follows the national launch event in Westminster in July where it was revealed that converting the UK gas grid to hydrogen will be a major step towards meeting the UK’s carbon reduction targets.

Response

We are working with key partners to secure funding to take the steps set out in the full report H21 Leeds City Gate, forward.  More information on the project can be found at http://www.northerngasnetworks.co.uk/2016/07/watch-our-h21-leeds-city-gate-film/.

Energising the North

Date: 05 April 2016

Summary

The Minister of State at the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC), Andrea Leadsom MP, joined an expert panel in Leeds in April to mark the production of our new report, ‘Energising the North’.

Commissioned by us and produced by KPMG, the report reveals the economic opportunity presented by existing and future energy initiatives in the North of England. From converting Leeds to a hydrogen city, to the opportunities that the existing gas network presents to transport shale gas, the report highlights that the North of England presents a hotbed for energy innovation due to its geographical location and resources.

Response

We have built on the feedback at the 2016 launch and the new iteration of our report now includes the wider impact on Gross Added Value to our region through employment and other energy investment areas in the North.  The new report will be launched on 23rd January 2017.

Stakeholder panel

Date: 17 February 2016

Summary

Our stakeholder panel is made up of key stakeholders with an interest in what we do representing customers of all sizes, third sector, energy industry and many more key stakeholders the panel meets three times a year to influence and inform our future plans and help to keep us on track with changing priorities.

Response

In 2016 the panel focussed on our short to medium plans and how we’re performing on key areas like safety, reliability, customer experience, consumer vulnerability and much more.

Here are just some of the things we have done as a result of discussions at the panel in 2016:

  • Strengthened our plans to help enable the industry in the smart meter roll-out whilst mitigating the impact on our own customers
  • Worked with the other networks to look at and agree models for clearer reporting
  • Begun innovation projects to look at links between fuel poverty and health

As we move into our planning for RIIO GD2, our business plan for 2021 to 2029, the focus for the next few years will be around our future direction and longer term plans.

Depot Days

Date: 01 January 2016

Summary

In 2016 we opened the doors of our depots to stakeholders and local communities for the first time.  This was an opportunity to find out more about what we do how we do it and future plans for the area.  We heard directly about how we could work more with our local communities and were amazed by the level of interest from people seeing some of the innovative technology we use.

Response

The depot days have led to stronger local relationships and in Wear we opened our doors again a few months later to welcome a party of school children to learn more about what we do and encourage them to consider a career in engineering.  We will be opening our doors again in 2017 so if you’re interested get in touch at stakeholder@northerngas.co.uk