London and South East Coast (UK)

How to Reduce Methane and CO2 Emissions from Gas Supply Chains

How to Reduce Methane and CO2 Emissions from Gas Supply Chains
  • Date From 8th November 2023
  • Date To 8th November 2023
  • Price Free of charge, open to all.
  • Location London, UK


The IChemE London & South East Coast Member Group, the Clean Energy Special Interest Group and Queen Mary University of London invite you to attend an evening seminar and discussion on methane emissions from gas supply chains.

The evening will showcase cutting edge work on reducing emissions with perspectives across asset operators, UK start ups and academia: this is what integrated, joined up collaborations can do.

Methane and CO2 emissions can be monitored using many types of equipment and methods all the way from source-level concentration measurement up to using satellites for global coverage. These talks will discuss cutting edge methods to understand how we can drive down emissions, using better measurement and finding cost-effective reduction measures.

Please note that this is a face-to-face event.


Paul Balcombe, Senior Lecturer in Chemical Engineering and Renewable Energy, Queen Mary University of London

Dr Balcombe researches technologies and policies to decarbonise energy systems, particularly relating to hydrogen and methane emissions from gas supply chains. Paul’s research team focuses on the full emissions 'value' chain: conducting direct measurements, modelling to create a better understanding of why emissions occur, developing mitigation options and recommending policies to meet global targets.

Paul studied chemical engineering at the University of Manchester (MEng 2002-2006) and attained engineering chartership from his time in industry in 2011. He undertook his PhD at the University of Manchester (2010-2014) in chemical engineering and environmental economics, then spent five years as a Research Associate/Fellow at Imperial College London. During this time he created and led the Methane and Environment Programme at the Sustainable Gas Institute, conducting research into improving understanding of methane emissions from gas supply chains, as well as improving emissions profiles from hydrogen and ammonia supply chains.

Peter Evans, Senior Engineering Product Owner, Methane Measurement and Reduction, BP

Dr Evans holds a PhD in geochemistry and an MBA in technology management. He joined bp 11 years ago and has worked on a range of environmental technology challenges, including water quality, radioactive waste and greenhouse gases. Before joining bp he was a senior scientist for the UKs chemical metrology programme and worked for Imperial College London helping to establish the Energy Futures Lab. He is the technical lead behind bp’s aim to measure and reduce methane emissions, part of bp’s aims to reach net zero. Peter is based in London, UK.

Mark Davis, CEO, Capterio

Dr Mark Davis is the CEO and founder of Capterio, a gas flaring solutions company, and has more than twenty years of experience in the oil and gas industry. Prior to founding Capterio, he was CEO of the downstream oil and gas quality assurance business at Intertek, where he was responsible for global operations and strategy in more than one hundred countries. He also led projects on strategy, operations, and organisation at McKinsey & Company, and has worked in upstream exploration and business development at Shell International.
Davis has an MA in natural sciences from the University of Cambridge, a PhD in geophysics from the University of Liverpool, and an MBA from IMD in Lausanne, Switzerland. He is a fellow of the Geological Society of London.

The material presented has not been peer-reviewed. Any opinions are the presenters' own and do not necessarily represent those of IChemE or the London and South East Coast Member Group. The information is given in good faith but without any liability on the part of IChemE.


18:00–20:30 GMT.


  • 18:00 - Welcome
  • 18:10 - Paul Balcombe, Methane research at QMUL
  • 18:30 - Peter Evans, BP methane initiatives
  • 18:50 - Mark Davis, Capterio flaring emissions 
  • 19:10 - Reception, drinks, networking
  • 20:30 - Finish


Mathematical Sciences Lecture Theatre and Foyer, Mathematical Sciences Building, Mile End campus, Queen Mary University of London, 327 Mile End Rd, Bethnal Green, London, E1 4NS.

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