The British Compressed Gases Association’s (BCGA) 2019 annual conference will look at safety, security and the environment at The Marriott Hotel & Country Club in Worsley Park, Manchester, on Thursday 11th April.

There will be a series of presentations on the BCGA’s focus on ‘Mission Safety’ – covering medical incidents and an overview of dangerous goods. Environmental topics will also be strongly featured, reflecting what is an increasingly significant space this is for society and the gases industry alike.

SRL Consulting’s Julie Gartside will discuss the Environmental Energy Scene vs Brexit and review what the gases sector needs to know and how to respond, while the Natural Gas Vehicle Network’s (NGVN) Mike Foster will ask How Can Gas Decarbonise Transport? Foster, formerly an MP and Government Minister, is CEO of Energy and Utilities Alliance which runs the NGVN and will speak about the role of gas – especially for larger, more polluting vehicles such as HGV’s – in helping to decarbonise the UK’s transport sector.

Rob Cockerill, Global Managing Editor for gasworld, will explore the megatrends and markets that will shape the industrial gases businesses in the future, while other topics on the agenda will include  tactics to enhance personal resilience and wellbeing, as well as tips to protect the home as we increasingly adopt smart technologies.

“We are delighted with the variety and thought-provoking content on the agenda of the 2019 conference. It’s interesting and varied and offers something for all,” said Doug Thornton, Chief Executive of the BCGA. “Attending the event allows delegates, whether BCGA members or non-members, the opportunity to network with like-minded people. The conference has gone from strength-to strength over the years, attracting a full house and providing an important date in the industry’s calendar.”

The event will conclude with a story of personal endeavour. Claire Lomas MBE, who became a paraplegic as a result of a riding accident in 2007, made headlines in 2012 when she completed the London Marathon in a pioneering robotic suit, taking 17 days, and later completed the Great North Run 2016 in five days whilst 16 weeks pregnant.

At the event, Lomas will share with the audience how a positive attitude and approach turned her life around after the accident and helped her to find her feet again.

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Source: BCGA