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UKLPG hold Annual Conference in Cardiff

Last month saw 90 delegates representing all areas of the LPG industry descend on Cardiff to attend the 4th annual UKLPG conference.

The conference was opened by Vice Chair, Nikki Brown and was followed by Rob Shuttleworth, of UKLPG.

Highlights of the day included a presentation from Alain De Greve from AEGPL, an organisation representing the LPG industry within Europe, who talked about the importance of lobbying and how in order to both resist and effect change the industry needs to have a strong single voice.

Rob Parnell from Zero Carbon Hub talked about the role LPG could play in helping the construction industry to achieve carbon neutral standards set out by Government whilst Chris Holmes from Purvin and Gertz addressed the changes within the global market with particular emphasis given to increases in supply, he stated “Global LPG supply will undergo a significant expansion between 2010 and 2015, rising by around 39 million tonnes.”

The perception of LPG as a ‘fossil fuel’ was also confronted both by Nick Black of Argus Media and Andrew Ford of SHV Gas Ltd, both talked of how part of the challenge facing the industry was tackling this perception.

Workshops sessions on Autogas, converting vehicles to run on LPG, Technical & Safety Requirements, the Green Deal, the new Government energy initiative and the new Occupational Standards being developed specifically for the LPG industry were organised. All were well attended with many witnessing a lively debate as delegates shared their experiences.

Rob Shuttleworth said “I am delighted with this year’s conference. Whilst no one in attendance denied that the industry was facing a challenging future, it was more than apparent that LPG offered a solution to many of the aspects currently being discussed at the heart of Government, including the Green Deal and Off Grid Energy.”