Webinar: The Role of a Hydrogen Economy in a Low-Carbon Future

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The recent publication of the UK Government's long anticipated Energy White Paper, confirms that hydrogen will play a key role in delivering net-zero, with plans to kick-start a hydrogen economy by achieving 5GW of production by 2030, through a £240m net-zero hydrogen fund.

To help you understand the role of hydrogen in a low-carbon future, including as fuel for heating, industry and transport, WIG is delighted to invite you to hear from Håvard Hellvik Kvadsheim, Senior Engineer and Commercial Manager H2H Saltend Project, Equinor; Greg McKenna, Managing Director, Centrica Storage Ltd; Rita Wadey, Deputy Director of Hydrogen Economy at the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy; and David Wallace, Senior Strategy Manager, Offshore Renewable Energy Catapult.

By joining live you will:

  • Understand more about the role that hydrogen could play in creating a net-zero energy system in the UK and across the globe
  • Hear more about the current barriers to a widespread roll out of hydrogen technologies, and both how and where the policy-technology gap can be best addressed
  • Have the unique opportunity to pose your questions directly to a cross-sector panel of experts during an audience Q&A
  • Håvard Hellvik Kvadsheim

    Commercial Manger, H2H Saltend Project


    Håvard has a background in Technology Management and Mechanical Engineering and is now Commercial Manager for Equinor’s H2H Saltend hydrogen project, a project to develop one of UK’s first at-scale facilities to produce hydrogen from natural gas in combination with carbon capture and storage. H2H Saltend is the anchor project in the plan developed by Zero Carbon Humber Partnership to decarbonise the Humber region, UK’s largest industrial cluster in terms of CO2 emissions. Håvard has a broad experience across low-carbon hydrogen projects in Europe, including the development of H21 North of England, a hydrogen blueprint for converting 3.7 million UK homes and businesses from natural gas to hydrogen. Prior to his role as Commercial Manager, Håvard held positions in UK and Norway within business development.

  • Greg McKenna

    Managing Director

    Centrica CSL

    Greg is Managing Director and full board member of Centrica CSL, a position he has held since 2015. He is responsible for the UK’s largest offshore gas storage facility and is currently leading Centrica’s efforts in exploring the possibility of converting the Rough field into the UK’s biggest hydrogen store. He recently joined Centrica’s Corporate Leadership Team. In 2020 Greg was appointed a Non-Exec Director for the Spirit Energy Board, monitoring and providing independent assurance regarding Centrica’s shareholding in the company and supporting its decarbonisation plans.   Prior to joining CSL, Greg held a number of senior positions and directorships in various companies in the UK and overseas including Venture Production, CH4 Holdings, Centrica (GMA) Ltd, Centrica North Sea Ltd, Caythorpe Gas Storage and Centrica North Sea Oil Ltd. He was also a full member of the University of Hull’s Senate with a seat on the finance committee. Greg has a BSc from Robert Gordon’s University, an MBA with distinction from Durham University Business School, and is a fully chartered director and Fellow of the Institute of Directors.

  • Rita Wadey

    Deputy Director, Hydrogen Economy

    Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy

    Rita Wadey is Deputy Director, Hydrogen Economy in the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy. She leads on development of hydrogen strategy including low carbon hydrogen production.  Rita’s previous positions include Chief of Staff to Permanent Secretary and Head of Fuel Poverty Strategy, and roles spanning the BEIS agenda including distributed energy, international climate change, science and employment rights.

  • David Wallace

    Senior Strategy Manager

    Offshore Renewable Energy Catapult

    David joined the Offshore Renewable Energy Catapult in 2015 as Senior Strategy Manager, with responsibility for strategic planning, government engagement and strategic initiatives. David has broad experience of the energy sector including roles with the UK Government, the International Energy Agency and in US agencies, ranging from R&D, to policy and programme development and management. He has pursued research and analysis into linkages between innovation and environmental policies and authored two books on the subject while at Chatham House. In the private sector he has had roles from capital formation to marketing in start-up ventures, and from conceptual design to commissioning in major project delivery, across a range of clean energy technologies including solar pV, solar thermal, energy storage, biofuels, fuel cells and energy efficiency.


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