Shale gas is increasingly becoming the buzz word in the energy sector. The rapid boom of the shale gas industry in the US has transformed the world gas market outlook. This has spurred interest in shale gas possibilities in countries like Canada, Europe, Asia and Australia. Although shale gas in only at its exploratory stage in the UK, the benefits of it are being underscored by the government. However the environmental impacts of shale gas cannot be ignored. Campaigners and environmentalists are lobbying against shale gas exploration in the UK.


The Shale Gas Environmental Summit, now it its 5th edition comes at the right time to provide a platform for various industry representatives including operators, environmentalists, campaigners, NGOs, academics and researchers to come together and discuss the environmental aspects of shale gas extraction and production.

- Is green technology the way for public acceptance?
- How do we monitor and enforce the regulations?
- Does the UK need more rigid laws for fracking?
- What are the resulting impacts on climate change and wildlife?
- what are the impact on water and air quality?

The above just gives a snapshot of what the 5th Shale Gas Environmental Summit will be about. Come and join us to discover more!

  • Understand the environmental risks and regulation of shale gas exploration
  • Examine the global impact of natural gas in reducing carbon via coal and oil to gas substitution
  • Evaluate the risks that shale gas poses to the natural environment
  • Analyse the strategies for waste water disposal from shale gas drilling
  • Review the impact of shale gas on the water industry
  • Discuss the supply chain of shale gas in the UK
  • Building Control Manager
  • Campaign Manager & Team Leader
  • Chief of Operations
  • Commercial Director
  • Development Projects Manager
  • Director of Exploration
  • Director of HSEQ and Regulatory Affairs
  • Economic Officer
  • Energy and Climate Change Policy Officer
  • Environment Science Technology and Health Counselor
  • Environmental Advisor
  • Group Head of Environment
  • Head of Energy and Environment
  • Project Manager
  • Senior Analyst
  • Senior Climate Change Policy Officer
  • Senior Commerical Analyst
  • Senior Economist
  • Senior Engineer
  • Team Leader, Energy & Minerals
  • Technical Director

A snapshot of previous attendees have included:

BBC; British Geological Survey; Caps S A; CEDIGAZ; Centrica; Chatham House; chevron; CMS Cameron McKenna LLP; CNG Services Limited; Committee on climate change; Critical Resource; Drewry Maritime Services; Embassy of the United States of America; Energy and Utilities Alliance (EUA); Eni E&P; Environment Agency; European Bank for Reconstruction and Development; European Commission; Friends Of The Earth; G E Oil And Gas; Global Water Intelligence; Government of Western Australia; Hill & Knowlton ; IASS; Institute Of Directors; Interfax; Interfax News Agency; International Energy Agency; Lancashire County Council; Linklaters; Maclay Murray & Spens LLP; MAN Diesel & Turbo UK Ltd; Northern Petroleum; Petronas Energy Trading; Plexus Energy; Polish Oil And Gas Company (PGNIG); Praxair; Rhead Group; The Global Warming Policy Foundation; The Petroleum Economist Ltd; Total E&P UK; UK Onshore Operations Group; University Of Central Lancashire; University Of Leicester; Wildau Technical University;

Conference programme

8:30 Registration & Coffee

9:00 Chairman's Opening Remarks

Julian O'Halloran

Julian O'Halloran, Reporter, BBC

9:10 Environmental Risk and Regulation of shale gas exploration

Mark Ellis-Jones

Mark Ellis-Jones, Onshore Oil & Gas Programme Project Executive, Environment Agency

  • Overview of the environmental risks of shale gas
  • Environmental regulations and permits
  • Streamlining regulation


  • 9:50 Shale gas in the UK

  • Overview of the current situation in the UK
  • Impact of shale gas on carbon emissions
  • How to effectively and efficiently promote shale gas in the UK while addressing environmental concerns?
  • Examples from the US
  • Prof Paul Stevens

    Prof Paul Stevens, Distinguished Fellow, Energy, Environment and Resources, Chatham House

    10:30 Morning Coffee

    11:00 The legal environment surrounding shale gas in UK

    Elizabeth Shepherd

    Elizabeth Shepherd, Partner, Eversheds

  • The recent development in shale gas policy
  • Complying with regulatory regimes
  • Regulations from Brussels
  • 11:40 Shale Gas: The risk for the natural environment

    Harry Huyton

    Harry Huyton, Head of Climate and Energy Policy, The RSPB

  • Risks to the natural environment
  • Overview of the current situation
  • What are the changes that need to be made to public policy in order to mitigate the risks?
  • 12:20 Networking Lunch

    13:30 Facts and myths about shale gas and climate change

    Alan Riley

    Alan Riley, Professor, City University London

  • Meeting climate change target: what role can/does shale gas play?
  • How much carbon can be emitted to avoid dangerous climate change?
  • The future of gas in the energy mix
  • 14:10 Fugitive emissions measurements from shale gas exploitation

    Marieke Beckmann

    Marieke Beckmann, Research Lead, Centre for Carbon Measurement, National Physical Laboratory

    • The shale gas footprint
    • Detection and mitigation of fugitive emissions
    • UK shale gas going forward

    14:50 Afternoon Tea

    15:20 Drilling for shale gas: its potential impact on the hot springs of Bath

    Paul Crossley

    Paul Crossley, Leader of the Council and Liberal Democrat Group Leader, Bath and North East Somerset Council

  • Effects of drilling on hot springs
  • Impact on Bath and the local community
  • 16:00 Strategies for disposing waste water

    John Ord

    John Ord, Business Director – Thermal Power & Energy Networks, MWH Global

  • Waste water from shale gas drilling
  • How to dispose of water and chemicals used in fracking?
  • Waste water treatment: what is the current situation in the UK?
  • Looking ahead: what does the UK need to do to deal with waste water from fracking?
  • 16:40 Chairman’s Closing Remarks and Close of Day One

    Julian O'Halloran

    Julian O'Halloran, Reporter, BBC

    8:30 Registration & Coffee

    9:00 Chairman's Opening Remarks

    Alan Riley

    Alan Riley, Professor, City University London

    9:10 Groundwater monitoring and protection

    Robert Ward

    Robert Ward, Director of Groundwater Science, British Geological Survey

  • The potential contaminants of concern and their management
  • Understanding how shale gas and related contaminants could leak
  • How do we know if shale gas is leaking? The importance of a good baseline
  • Protecting groundwater: the relationship between shales and aquifers
  • 9:50 Protecting our water: Impacts of shale gas on the water industry

    Jim Marshall

    Jim Marshall, Policy and Business Advisor, Water UK

  • Water quality, water quantity, waste water treatment and infrastructure: the impacts are huge!
  • Concerns for water companies: water contamination?
  • How will water companies dispose of waste water from fracking?
  • 10:30 Supply chain in the UK

    Ken Cronin

    Ken Cronin, CEO, UK Onshore Oil and Gas

  • What will it take to build a shale gas pad in the UK? 
     - Supply chain
     - Skills
  • What can we do in the UK?
  • What are the gaps?
  • How can we fill the gaps?
  • 11:10 Morning Coffee

    11:40 The global impact of natural gas in reducing carbon via coal and oil to gas substitution

    Nick Grealy

    Nick Grealy, Publisher, No Hot Air

  • It’s called global warming for a reason. The reality behind UK and EU CO2
  • Can the success of the US in cutting carbon be replicated worldwide?
  • China and natural gas: This can change everything
  • The problem of coal and some solutions
  • The Paris 2015 Climate Treaty. Reasons for optimism
  • 12:20 Shale gas – regulation issues

    Jake White

    Jake White, Environmental Lawyer, Friends Of The Earth

  • Problems with the regulatory structure
  • Impacts on local communities / case studies
  • Areas for change?
  • 13:00 Networking Lunch

    14:00 Shale gas legislation and development in Europe

    Kostadin Sirleshtov

    Kostadin Sirleshtov, Partner, CMS Cameron McKenna LLP

  • Analysis of the legislation of various central and eastern European countries
  • Mitigating environmental risks associated by shale gas in Europe
  • Key environmental aspects arising in EU and CEE
  • 14:40 Public acceptance and the role of Industry

    Kerstin  Duhme

    Kerstin Duhme, Managing Director, FTI Consulting

    How can industry secure the social license to operate?
    What can industry do to build public trust?
    What role does politics play in the relationship between the public and industry?

    15:20 Afternoon Tea

    15:50 Public acceptance of shale gas

    Michael  Holgate

    Michael Holgate, Independent Energy Consultant, Plexus Energy

  • Issues and barriers to shale gas development
  • How to break down the barrier
  • 16:30 Panel Discussion: Wrap up session

  • What have we learnt over the past 2 days?
  • What are the future opportunities and challenges?
  • What can the shale gas industry do to be economically sustainable?
  • Q&A from the public
  • John Ord

    John Ord, Business Director – Thermal Power & Energy Networks, MWH Global

    Michael  Holgate

    Michael Holgate, Independent Energy Consultant, Plexus Energy

    Alan Riley

    Alan Riley, Professor, City University London

    Lord Chris Smith

    Lord Chris Smith, Chair, Task Force on Shale Gas

    17:10 Chairman’s Closing Remarks and Close of Day Two

    Alan Riley

    Alan Riley, Professor, City University London



    Jim Marshall

    Jim Marshall

    Policy and Business Advisor, Water UK
    Ken Cronin

    Ken Cronin

    CEO, UK Onshore Oil and Gas
    Mark Ellis-Jones

    Mark Ellis-Jones

    Onshore Oil & Gas Programme Project Executive, Environment Agency
    Robert Ward

    Robert Ward

    Director of Groundwater Science, British Geological Survey

    Alan Riley

    Professor, City University London
    Alan Riley

    Elizabeth Shepherd

    Partner, Eversheds
    Elizabeth Shepherd

    Harry Huyton

    Head of Climate and Energy Policy, The RSPB
    Harry Huyton

    Jake White

    Environmental Lawyer, Friends Of The Earth
    Jake White

    Jim Marshall

    Policy and Business Advisor, Water UK
    Jim Marshall

    John Ord

    Business Director – Thermal Power & Energy Networks, MWH Global
    John Ord

    Julian O'Halloran

    Reporter, BBC
    Julian O'Halloran

    Ken Cronin

    CEO, UK Onshore Oil and Gas
    Ken Cronin

    Kerstin Duhme

    Managing Director, FTI Consulting
    Kerstin  Duhme

    Kostadin Sirleshtov

    Partner, CMS Cameron McKenna LLP
    Kostadin Sirleshtov

    Lord Chris Smith

    Chair, Task Force on Shale Gas
    Lord Chris Smith

    Marieke Beckmann

    Research Lead, Centre for Carbon Measurement, National Physical Laboratory
    Marieke Beckmann

    Mark Ellis-Jones

    Onshore Oil & Gas Programme Project Executive, Environment Agency
    Mark Ellis-Jones

    Michael Holgate

    Independent Energy Consultant, Plexus Energy
    Michael  Holgate

    Nick Grealy

    Publisher, No Hot Air
    Nick Grealy

    Paul Crossley

    Leader of the Council and Liberal Democrat Group Leader, Bath and North East Somerset Council
    Paul Crossley

    Prof Paul Stevens

    Distinguished Fellow, Energy, Environment and Resources, Chatham House
    Prof Paul Stevens

    Robert Ward

    Director of Groundwater Science, British Geological Survey
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    Holiday Inn Regents Park

    Choose the well-connected Holiday Inn London-Regent's Park hotel, with a superb central London location and speedy transport links. Holiday Inn London-Regent's Park is in a leafy and cosmopolitan area of central London, a 10-minute walk from bustling Oxford Street. Leave your car in our NCP managed underground car park, and explore London by Tube. Great Portland Street Tube station is 25 metres from the hotel, from where you can reach the City and Canary Wharf in 30 minutes, and London Heathrow Airport in 45 minutes.

    Wireless Internet is available throughout the hotel, and you can invite up to 300 people to events at the Academy Conference Centre, with an IT technician and break-out zones. Holiday Inn London-Regent's Park is a 10-minute walk from Santander's offices and businesses in the BT Tower. Stroll 5 minutes to Regent's Park, where you'll find London Zoo and pretty Primrose Hill. We're a 10-minute walk from Bond Street boutiques and 20 minutes from Buckingham Palace and cruises on the River Thames.

    Ask our Concierge to plan your day out and book West End theatre tickets. Room Service is available 24 hours at Holiday Inn London-Regent's Park, or dine in the vibrant Junction Restaurant. Our Junction Bar has a menu of light bites, and a hot breakfast buffet is served daily.



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    CPD stands for Continuing Professional Development’. It is essentially a philosophy, which maintains that in order to be effective, learning should be organised and structured. The most common definition is:

    ‘A commitment to structured skills and knowledge enhancement for Personal or Professional competence’

    CPD is a common requirement of individual membership with professional bodies and Institutes. Increasingly, employers also expect their staff to undertake regular CPD activities.

    Undertaken over a period of time, CPD ensures that educational qualifications do not become obsolete, and allows for best practice and professional standards to be upheld.

    CPD can be undertaken through a variety of learning activities including instructor led training courses, seminars and conferences, e:learning modules or structured reading.


    There are approximately 470 institutes in the UK across all industry sectors, with a collective membership of circa 4 million professionals, and they all expect their members to undertake CPD.

    For some institutes undertaking CPD is mandatory e.g. accountancy and law, and linked to a licence to practice, for others it’s obligatory. By ensuring that their members undertake CPD, the professional bodies seek to ensure that professional standards, legislative awareness and ethical practices are maintained.

    CPD Schemes often run over the period of a year and the institutes generally provide online tools for their members to record and reflect on their CPD activities.


    Professional bodies and Institutes CPD schemes are either structured as ‘Input’ or ‘Output’ based.

    ‘Input’ based schemes list a precise number of CPD hours that individuals must achieve within a given time period. These schemes can also use different ‘currencies’ such as points, merits, units or credits, where an individual must accumulate the number required. These currencies are usually based on time i.e. 1 CPD point = 1 hour of learning.

    ‘Output’ based schemes are learner centred. They require individuals to set learning goals that align to professional competencies, or personal development objectives. These schemes also list different ways to achieve the learning goals e.g. training courses, seminars or e:learning, which enables an individual to complete their CPD through their preferred mode of learning.

    The majority of Input and Output based schemes actively encourage individuals to seek appropriate CPD activities independently.

    As a formal provider of CPD certified activities, SMI Group can provide an indication of the learning benefit gained and the typical completion. However, it is ultimately the responsibility of the delegate to evaluate their learning, and record it correctly in line with their professional body’s or employers requirements.


    Increasingly, international and emerging markets are ‘professionalising’ their workforces and looking to the UK to benchmark educational standards. The undertaking of CPD is now increasingly expected of any individual employed within today’s global marketplace.

    CPD Certificates

    We can provide a certificate for all our accredited events. To request a CPD certificate for a conference , workshop, master classes you have attended please email events@smi-online.co.uk

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