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The DGA Roadshow 2021

Q&A with Advisory Board member, DNV

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In this latest interview, Tim Hare, Regional Head of Sales, UK & Ireland, Energy Systems, DNV shares his thoughts on the key role decarbonised gas can play in UK decarbonisation  

Tell us a bit about you and the business you work for  

DNV are an independent expert in assurance and risk management. Driven by our purpose, to safeguard life, property and the environment, we empower our customers and their stakeholders with facts and reliable insights so that critical decisions can be made with confidence. As a trusted voice for many of the world’s most successful organisations, we use our knowledge to advance safety and performance, set industry benchmarks, and inspire and invent solutions to tackle global transformations.

What attracted you to join the DGA? 

At the time of joining there wasn’t an organisation that represented the need to decarbonise the gas system. DGA’s political momentum in Westminster was a real draw. Bringing together industry to strengthen understanding and resilience was also a major attraction.

What part does your organisation play in the decarbonised gas value chain?  

DNV are supporting the UK in making key decisions on our approach to decarbonisation. We are conducting extensive full-scale research on the future of the gas transmission and distribution system at our Spadeadam facility. We are also involved with technical qualification of new technology and systems, along with consultancy that supports organisational change.

What do you see as the main challenge in reaching the UK’s emissions targets? 

Lack of understanding amongst the public and the impact the transition will have.

You’re given 15 minutes with a parliamentary official, who would it be and why? 

Given the current situation I would request a meeting with all of the government’s special advisors and ensure that there was an understanding and consistency.

In your opinion, what is the UK doing particularly well when it comes to achieving its ambition to reach net zero? 

BEIS has a good strategy and are doing a lot of the right things. Businesses have stepped up to the challenge and with the backing of government are heading in the right direction.

Name one way that we can all make an impact as we move towards a greener society  

Promote the transition, encourage conversations and don’t be binary in your thinking and actions.