Simon Blakey

IHS Markit

Advisor, Global Gas

Simon Blakey is the Managing Director, SAB Global Energy and Senior Associate, Energy Group, IHS Markit. Mr. Blakey is a leading authority on the European energy industry. Previously, he acted as Special Envoy for EUROGAS, the association of European gas companies from September 2010 through June 2014. In 1989 Mr. Blakey founded the European natural gas and power research practices at Cambridge Energy Research Associates (CERA) prior to its acquisition by IHS Markit, where—for almost 20 years—he undertook more than 100 research and consulting assignments that covered a broad range of strategic issues for energy companies worldwide, especially those active in the natural gas business in Europe. Before joining CERA, Mr. Blakey was Special Assistant to the Executive Director (Head of the Private Office) at the International Energy Agency in Paris. He previously also worked for BP and for the ADL energy group. He holds an MA from Cambridge University.

Sessions With Simon Blakey

Wednesday, 3 March

  • 12:45pm - 01:15pm (CST) / 03/mar/2021 06:45 pm - 03/mar/2021 07:15 pm


    Role of Gas in the Energy Future

    Panel Energy Transition/Climate & Sustainability Gas & LNG
    Four linked themes—Signposts from 2020, character of enterprise, Innovative technology, and the politics of climate change—guide this plenary session’s insights into the role of gas in the energy future. What are the lessons of 2020 for the future of gas? Will supply chain bottleneck challenges be a regular feature for the industry? From start-ups driven by individual entrepreneurship to state-owned entities, gas companies are highly diverse: How will these organizations develop and work together in the gas industry of the future? Recent decades saw new technologies transform gas demand and gas supply. CCGT opened the generation of electricity to gas, increasing efficiency and reducing emissions as it did so; the shale gas revolution transformed supply, with geopolitical impact. Are there prospects for new transformative technological innovations in gas? Emissions management and carbon removal continue to drive international political discourse: How will the politics of climate change influence the role of gas in the energy future?