The European Gas Policy Forum 2012. Shale Gas: Supporting security of supply and climate action in Europe?

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Oct 03, 2012
from 08:30 AM to 06:00 PM

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The debate around shale gas development in Europe remains in its infancy, however it is seen by many as a “game-changer” in terms of energy security, tackling climate change and in facilitating the development of renewables (as a best placed partner). However figures quoting actual shale gas reserves continue to be subject to claim and counter claim, while politically, no common approach is in place, or perhaps likely.

According to a report published by the European Commission earlier this year, at current levels of operation, shale gas development in Europe does not require additional EU legislation (above that already covered via REACH, the Water Framework Directive, the Groundwater Directive and the Mining Waste Directive for instance). However the possibility of future legislation is not ruled out should shale gas operations reach commercial scale.

The European Gas Policy Forum 2012 will examine what potential future legislation might look like in respect of shale gas and will debate whether the lack of a common approach will damage shale development in Europe. It will also explore which countries offer the best opportunities for shale gas in Europe, while international perspectives will provide insights into the role shale may play as part of the global energy scene.

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