The BCGA Annual Conference 2015 is currently getting underway in Manchester, UK with the official opening speech of new President Richard Gearing.

Returning to the Marriott Hotel and Country Club at Worsley Park for the second successive year, the event will see the BCGA (British Compressed Gases Association) once again throw the spotlight on safety and progress within the industry.

The full agenda will review the BCGA Technical Committees’ publications and achievements, along with other keynote speakers presenting on industry matters. These include:

  • Power-to-Gas: Storing Renewable Energy in the Gas Grid
  • The Landscape of the UK Brewing Industry Today
  • Doing More With Less – Advances in Lightweight Cylinder Technology
  • Metal Theft and Gas Cylinders
  • Tanker Roll-Over and Prevention Training
  • Gas Abuse and the Media

The latter – the day’s final presentation – will see the BCGA Chief Executive Doug Thornton take to the stage to cover a regular thorn in the association’s side – the often irresponsible portrayal and usage of gases in the media.

Thornton will outline some of the work the BCGA 
has been doing behind the scenes and with government departments, the media and other agencies to try and curb the sometimes sensitive issues around gas abuse. While gasworld understands the association has seen significant progress in this area in recent years, gas abuse and the media remains a subject of vigilance for the BCGA.

The event also marks Thornton’s tenth annual conference since arriving at the BCGA and, speaking to gasworld on the eve of the event, he said, ”This is my tenth BCGA conference. We’ve had a succession of ‘best evers’ and we’ve challenged ourselves to maintain that momentum - a lot of effort has gone into this year’s programme and we hope that by the end of the day, we’ll be reflecting on yet another ‘best ever’ for the BCGA.”



A full review of the day’s events will be published to the gasworld website later today and will also appear in the upcoming June issue of gasworld magazine.

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