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Members welcomed at the UKLPG Annual Conference 2016

The UKLPG Annual Conference was held at the Roxburghe Hotel in Edinburgh on Thursday 26th May. UKLPG was delighted to see even more members at the conference than in previous years and feedback from delegates declared that the programme was enjoyable, engaging and of real value to their businesses.

Members were welcomed with refreshments and a chance to network with other colleagues and stakeholders in the LPG industry. The conference was opened by UKLPG Chair Lee Gannon from Flogas Britain who welcomed delegates to the conference and introduced the first speaker. Michael Kelly, Deputy Managing Director of the WLPGA, gave delegates a global perspective on mature LPG markets. Ian Campbell, Chair of the EUA Smart Connected Homes Group presented on new business models for smart and connected homes. Louise Friel, co-owner of the Sutherland Tables, followed with an fascinating presentation on trends in home heating costs over the past 40 years.

After the coffee break, Nick Edwards from Phillips 66 gave a riveting presentation on his experience of working inside DECC as an industry-secondee. He was followed by Dom Barraclough from HSEC RHMA who began his presentation by asking delegates whether they were aware of the new health & safety sentencing guidelines. Only a small number of delegates put their hands up. By the end of his most enlightening presentation, the percentage of delegates who put their hand up to the same question was quite different. Paul Ladner, President of AEGPL, and Samuel Maubanc, General Manager of AEGPL, presented on the value that AEGPL brings to UKLPG members.

We were privileged to welcome the newly appointed Scottish Minister for Business, Innovation and Energy, Paul Wheelhouse, MSP who gave an encouraging speech stating that the Scottish Government believed that LPG would play an important role in Scotland's future energy mix. He said "I would like to acknowledge the work of LPG suppliers and the vital work they do in delivering essential gas supplies to homes, businesses and public across Scotland, especially in our remote and rural communities."

After a networking lunch, Paul Logan from the HSE opened the afternoon session with a presentation on the role of the COMAH strategic forum. He was followed by Michael Duggan from DECC who presented on the energy resilience work carried out by DECC. Jeff House from Baxi then gave a presentation on the future of heating policy and technology developments.

The last session of the day was kicked off by Professor Karen Turner from the Centre of Energy Policy at the University of Strathclyde who presented on the role of low carbon energy services in decoupling rebound and economic benefits of energy efficiency. The final presentation was given by Gill Holtom and Fran Nolan of Superdream PR who spoke about ‘Performance and Potential', how to gain a larger share of the future for LPG.

Rob Shuttleworth wrapped up the conference by thanking all the speakers and sponsors, and announced that the 2017 UKLPG conference will be held in Birmingham on 25th May.

The gala dinner was held at the most unusual Caves venue in Edinburgh with entertainment provided by the legendary Red Hot Chilli Pipers. With their incredible piping and astounding drumming, the Red Hot Chilli Pipers really did provide a fabulous finale to the event.

We sincerely hope that all delegates enjoyed the conference and found it worthwhile. We look forward to seeing you in Birmingham!

The presentations are available for viewing by UKLPG members by visiting the Members' Lounge on this website. Please click here to access the Members Lounge.