• March 10 - 14, 2025

Alex Milward

UK Department for Energy Security & Net Zero (DESNZ)

Director, Carbon Capture Utilisation & Storage

Alex Milward joined the Civil Service in 2021 after nearly thirty years working in the private sector specialising in leading large scale multi-year programmes within the energy sector focused on organisation transformation, operational improvement, commercial innovation and supply chain. Alex’s experience spans working for large international Oil & Gas companies, as well as water, gas, and electricity utilities. Alex is co-leading the UK’s Carbon Capture, Utilisation and Storage Programme within BEIS. This involves setting the policy, legislative, regulatory and funding frameworks to launch a new carbon capture UK industry in collaboration with the private sector to provide low carbon power to the electricity grid, decarbonised operations for industries such as chemicals, cement, refining, and waste as well as enable the production of blue hydrogen and introduction of engineered negative emissions such as BECCS and DACCS.

Sessions With Alex Milward

Tuesday, 19 March

  • 08:30am - 09:00am (CST) / 19/mar/2024 01:30 pm - 19/mar/2024 02:00 pm

    CCUS Infrastructure: The key to commercializing decarbonization

    Energy Infrastructure/Supply Chains

    As CCUS projects become more developed globally, there will be more frequent requirements for long-distance and cross-border business dealings to connect players across the chain from carbon capture, transportation and storage. The success of these ventures depends on meticulous attention to local regulatory frameworks, adherence to international laws and innovation in business models, highlighting the imperative for collaborative efforts among stakeholders and governments to adeptly navigate the associated challenges. What sort of policies, financing, stakeholder engagement and economic solutions are required to realize the potential of CCUS in these situations?  

Wednesday, 20 March

  • 01:30pm - 02:00pm (CST) / 20/mar/2024 06:30 pm - 20/mar/2024 07:00 pm

    Future-Proofing Energy Assets: Repurposing for low-carbon

    Energy Infrastructure/Supply Chains

    Repurposing of energy assets to enable low-carbon energy projects is an increasingly common strategy across the energy sector. In upstream examples include re-use of aging facilities for hydrogen or CO2 processing and transport, or for CO2 storage in reservoirs. Downstream examples include converting refineries to produce hydrogen or biofuels / Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF), while in the power sector, utilizing coal or other thermal sites for renewables and desalination projects offers opportunities in some regions. Which drivers enable industry players to take advantage of their existing assets in this way? What regulatory support is most helpful? Which regions offer the most potential?