The UK government aims at achieving net zero target by 2050. Hydrogen is potentially one of the key low carbon solutions for the UK’s transition to net zero. However, hydrogen can only be considered as a decarbonisation option if it is readily available with proper assurances about safety and reliability. In our next branch event, our speakers will talk about the hydrogen-specific safety challenges and the gaps they see from the traditional process safety sector. They will also share their experience in understanding the potential hydrogen applications in supply chain (storage vessels) and aviation in term of safety considerations.

Speakers of the event are:

  • Dr. Gianluca Carigi (Clean Energy Head Consultant, MES)
  • Hassan Al Halwachi (Senior Process Engineer, Arup)
  • Ed Macfarlane (Principal Consultant, Abbott Risk Consulting)

Dr. Gianluca Carigi has 24 years of experience in the energy industry. Prior to joining MES he worked in Snamprogetti, Saipem, KBR where he was involved in many offshore and onshore projects as a safety engineer, engineering manager and project manager. He joined Monaco Engineering Solutions (MES) in April 2021 to lead the MES Clean Energy Group. The MES Clean Energy group focuses hydrogen, CCUS and renewables and offers specialised engineering, HSE, reliability and asset management services which cover the whole hydrogen value chain. As part of his role Gianluca provides oversight and advice for all MES clean energy proposals and projects. He also coordinates the development of new tools and methodologies to cover the hydrogen industry needs. This includes specific tools and methods to address specific engineering and safety issues where knowledge gaps exist, and expert advice is needed.

Hassan Al Halwachi is a Senior Process Engineer with Arup, focusing primarily on energy projects. He is a Chartered Engineer and has 9-years’ experience in the design and operation of process facilities. His recent experience includes leading several green hydrogen production and hydrogen refuelling projects. Hassan holds a Masters degree in Chemical Engineering with 1st class honours from Imperial College London, and is a member of the Institution of Chemical Engineers and the Energy Institute.

Ed Macfarlane is a System Safety Engineer with over 18 years experience gained across range of industries including Renewables, Aerospace/ATM, Nuclear, Petrochems, Defence, Rail and Oil & Gas. Mr Macfarlane has Independent Safety Assurance (ISA) and Independent Technical Assessment, including internal and external audit. This has covered both the safety management systems, and the associated safety documentation. Mr Macfarlane has experience of identifying and support the integration of safety and systems engineering activities.

The meeting will begin at 17:30, for a 18:00 start and will finish by 19:30. We will then continue networking following the usual SaRS tradition, at a local pub. This meeting will also be available by live webinar.

Meetings and webinars are open to all, you do not need to be a member of SaRS to attend.

Limited Spaces, Booking Essential, please don’t book for both.

This event is kindly hosted by Arup.

The London Branch Annual General Meeting will be held before the branch event at 17:15 – if you would like to join us please register separately for the AGM here.

** If you have any symptoms of COVID-19, please do NOT join the face-to-face event.


Thursday, 26th May 2022 at 6:00pm


Thursday, 26th May 2022 at 7:30pm


Arup, 80 Charlotte Street, London W1T 4QS or Online