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Hybrid Hybrid Event

GIE Annual Conference 2021 @Lucerne, Switzerland

12 October - 13 October

Hybrid Hybrid Event
€495.00 – €1195.00 Register here

See you soon in Lucerne!

12 & 13 October 2021 – Lucerne, Switzerland & Online

This 18th edition of the GIE Annual Conference will be hybrid. That’s means 2 times more occasion to meet and great with decarbonisation leaders from all around the world.

Register before 17 September to benefit from Early-Bird’s rate.
Discover how to travel to Lucerne.
See the full agenda here: GIE Annual Conference 2021 Programme

 

To enable energy transition to happen in an efficient and sustainable way, mixing the points of view of different regions, sectors, generations, and genders’ is essential. Connecting and debating between decarbonisation leaders from various horizons is in fact crucial to deliver climate neutrality by 2050. Time to collaborate and innovate, and that’s what GIE Annual Conference is all about.

 

Gas infrastructure & Energy transition

Gas infrastructure operators are working and innovating to make climate neutrality a reality across the EU regions. Their contribution is essential for upscaling hydrogen markets in Europe and beyond: their technologies enable to storage and transport of renewable and low-carbon molecules over long distances. They can do all of that while offering affordable solutions to EU citizens. They will enable the EU to access the global market for hydrogen, setting the Union on track for global leadership. They are also a key ally of the regions in supporting them on their path towards decarbonisation. All those assets are part of a wide range of benefits that the gas infrastructure can bring to the energy transition, and that’s part of the topics that will be tackled for those two insightful days.

 

A safe experience

Onsite, multiple sanitary measures will be taken to ensure your wellbeing during the whole conference. Regarding the requirements to access Switzerland as well as the conference centre, the event will be run according to the Swiss government, the local authority and the venue’s rules. We invite you to find Switzerland applicable rules here. In case of travelling from abroad, we kindly remind you to follow the sanitary measures of your respective government.

 

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Connect with decarbonisation leaders

The GIE Annual conference is the place to be to get informed and debate
on the solutions making climate-neutrality a reality.

This two-day event brings together the game changers of the energy transition. It welcomes speakers and attendees from various horizons and gives the floor to multiple regions, energy sources, sectors, generations and genders.

 

Let’s tackle the multiple sides of the energy transition together

  • From Switzerland to Brussels: Building a decarbonised world together
  • Fit for 55 Package: Setting the way towards 2030
  • Hydrogen & Decarbonised Gas Package
  • The European Clean Hydrogen Alliance – Kicking off the Hydrogen economy
  • Decarbonising European regions with gas infrastructure
  • Collaboration in methane emissions abatement
  • Vision from the European Parliament
  • Consumers at the core of the energy transition
  • Hydrogen: The race for colours
  • Decarbonising transport
  • Towards 2022 & beyond

The GIE team is delighted to invite you with the precious support of its Swiss members.

Programme

Check the line-up here!

GIE Annual Conference 2021 Programme
(PDF, 280KB)

Tuesday 12 October

8:30 – 9:30 | Back together: Let’s  have a coffee
Welcome coffee and registration in the Lucerne Culture and Congress Centre (KKL)

9:30 – 10:05 | From Switzerland to Brussels: Building a decarbonised world together
Moderated by Boyana Achovski | Secretary General at GIE

  • Torben Brabo | President at GIE & Senior Vice President, Energinet Group
  • René Bautz | CEO at Gaznat
  • André Dosé | President at Swissgas
  • Kadri Simson | EU Commissioner for Energy, European Commission
  • Blaž Košorok | State Secretary for Energy, Slovenian Presidency of the Council of the EU
  • Benoît Revaz | Director at the Federal Office of Energy of Switzerland

10:05 – 11:05 | Fit for 55 Package: Setting the way towards 2030
Moderated by Thierry Trouvé | CEO at GRTGaz

  • Clara de la Torre | Deputy Director General for Climate Action, European Commission
  • MEP Maria Spyraki | European Parliament
  • Giles Dickson | CEO at WindEurope
  • Marco Mensink | Director General at CEFIC
  • Harald Stindl | Managing Director at Gas Connect Austria & GTE President
  • Ilaria Conti | Head of Gas at Florence School of Regulation (FSR)

11:05 – 11:50: Coffee break (45 min)

11:50 – 13:15 | Hydrogen and Decarbonised Gas Package
Regulatory framework for hydrogen: what’s coming next

By Ralph Bahke | Managing Director at Ontras & GIE New Gases Area Sponsor

Hydrogen developments in the Netherlands
By Helmie Botter | Manager Business Development Hydrogen at Gasunie

Hydrogen Talk
Moderated by Dr Axel Wietfeld | CEO at Uniper Hydrogen GmbH & GSE President

  • Tudor Constantinescu | Principal Advisor at DG ENER, European Commission
  • Suzana Carp | Political Strategy Director at Bellona Europa
  • Dennis Hesseling | Head of Department Infrastructure, Gas & Retail at ACER
  • Jorgo Chatzimarkakis | CEO at Hydrogen Europe
  •  Jan Ingwersen | General Director at ENTSOG

13:15 – 14:30: Lunch break (1h15 min)

14:30 – 14:45 | The European Clean H2 Alliance – Kicking off the H2 economy

  • Bart Jan Hoevers | President at ENTSOG
  • Victoria Petrova | Adviser for Hydrogen Economy at DG GROW, European Commission

14:45 – 15:45 | Decarbonising the European regions with gas infrastructure
Moderated by Piotr Kuś | Deputy Director for Gas Market Development at GAZ SYSTEM & GIE CH4 Area Sponsor

  • Insights from IEA
  • Alex Barnes | Director at Alex Barnes & Associates LTD & Global Gas Centre
  • Milan Sedláček | Head of EU affairs & strategy at Eustream
  • László Fritsch | CEO at Hungarian Gas Trade
  • Sergiy Makogon | CEO at LLC Gas TSO of Ukraine

15h45 – 16h15: Coffee break (30 min)

16:15 – 17:15 | Collaboration for the methane emissions abatement
Moderated by Francisco de la Flor | Director at Enagás, MARCOGAZ Board Member and GIE System Operation & Development Area sponsor

  • Brendan Devlin | Adviser for Strategy & foresight at DG ENER, European Commission
  • Karolina Čegir | Gas expert at Energy Community
  • Andris Piebalgs | Professor at Florence School of Regulation (FSR) & Adviser to the President of Latvia
  • Jasmine Urisk | Executive Director at Canadian Energy Partnership for Environmental Innovation
  • Scott Foster | Director Sustainable Energy Division at UNECE

19:30 – Boat cruise over the lake of Lucerne
& Gala dinner at the transport Museum of Lucerne.

 

Wednesday 13 October

 09:30-10:00 | Doors opening and wake up coffee

 10:00 – 10:10 | Opening remarks

  • Boyana Achovski |GIE Secretary General
  • MEP Cristian Bușoi | ITRE Committee chair at European Parliament

10:10 – 11:10 | Consumers at the core of the energy transition
Moderated by Jean-Marc Leroy | Honorary GIE President

  • Camille Bonenfant-Jeanneney | CEO at Storengy & GIE Disruptive Energy Area Sponsor
  • Dimitri Vergne | Team leader for sustainability at the European Consumer Organisation (BEUC)
  • Benoît Esnault | Head of Interconnections & European Affairs Department at CRE & Vice-Chair of CEER’s Gas WG
  • Federica Sabbati | Secretary General at European Heating Industry (EHI)
  • James Watson | Secretary General at Eurogas

11h10 – 11h40: Coffee break (30 min)

11:40 – 12:20 | Hydrogen: The race for colours
Moderated by Anne-Sophie Corbeau | Global Research Scholar at Center on Global Energy Policy

  • Niko Bosnjak | Representing European Hydrogen Backbone vision
  • Peter Claes | President at IFIEC Europe
  • Wim Groenendijk | Managing Director at Gate Terminal
  • Vittorio Musazzi | Representative from H2GAR

12:20 – 13:20 | Decarbonising transport
Moderated by Arno Büx | Fluxys Chief Commercial Officer & GLE President

  • Filip Alexandru Negreanu Arboreanu | Deputy Head of Cabinet of EU Commissioner Adina Valean
  • Claudio Rodriguez | General Director for infrastructure at Enagás
  • Steve Esau | General Manager at SEA-LNG
  • Mads Peter Zacho | Head of Industry Transition at Mærsk Mc-Kinney Møller Center for Zero Carbon Shipping
  • Philip Scarth | General Manager & Head of open innovation at FPT Industrial

13:20 – 13:30 | Towards 2022 & beyond

  • Ákos Kriston | CEO at Hungarian Gas Storage
  • Boyana Achovski | GIE Secretary General

13h30 – 15h00: Lunch time

 

Travel

Hotel Accommodation

A block of rooms at negotiated rates has been reserved by GIE at the Hotel Astoria Lucerne and Radisson Blu Hotel Lucerne (see below) for the nights between 11 and 13 October 2021. The special room rates will be available until a specified period (information pending) or till rooms are sold out (availability of rooms varies depending on date).

More details on how to book your stay at one of these hotels and get an additional discount is available below.

With its award-winning design by Herzog & De Meuron, the Hotel Astoria Lucerne is a four-star hotel, within walking distance of the KKL.

Booking procedure Hotel Astoria Lucerne

CHF 240.00 ROH room for single use
CHF 270.00 ROH room for double use

These rates are quoted per room and night, including breakfast, free WIFI, service and VAT, but excluding resort fee (currently CHF 3.95 per person)

To get this special rate, please use the Direct booking link: https://reservations.travelclick.com/106597?groupID=2654547

Event Code: GIE2021

Expiration date: Contracted rate is bookable upon availability until the beginning of the event

Additional accommodation will been reserved at the Radisson Blu Hotel Lucerne, also within walking distance from the KKL conference centre.

Booking procedure Radisson Blu Hotel Lucerne

CHF 289.00 ROH room for single use + CHF 4.40 per person & per night for city tax

CHF 319.00 ROH room for double use + CHF 4.40 per person & per night for city tax

CHF 349.00 ROH room for Premium room with 10 sqm extra, Nespresso machine, bathrobe & slippers + CHF 4.40 per person & per night for city tax

CHF 369.00 ROH room for Premium room lake view with 10 sqm extra, nice view on Lake Lucerne, Nespresso machine, bathrobe & slippers + CHF 4.40 per person & per night for city tax

CHF 539.00 ROH room for Suite, 71 sqm, separated in living room and sleeping room, nice view on Lake Lucerne, bathroom and guest toilet, Nespresso coffee machine and bathrobe and slippers+ CHF 4.40 per person & per night for city tax

These rates are quoted per room and night, including breakfast, free WIFI, free Lucerne Mobility Ticket in zone 10 (2nd class/ excl. boat) during your hotel stay service and VAT, free usage of our fitness areas including sauna, stream bath and fitness equipment

To get this special rate, please write an email directly to : reservations.lucerne@radissonblu.com

Expiration date: Contracted rate is bookable upon availability until the beginning of the event

We advise you to book your accommodation as soon as possible, using the dedicated registration links above (available soon).

Transport

From the airports at Zurich (approx. 1 hour) and Geneva (approx. 3 hours) there is a direct train every hour to Lucerne. Basel-Mulhouse Airport is connected via a shuttle bus to Basel SBB railway station. From there, a direct train also departs every hour to Lucerne (the journey from Basel SBB is approx. 1 hour). Zurich Airport is approximately a 1 hour drive from Lucerne. The airports at Geneva and Basel are well connected. There is a train directly from Zurich Airport to Lucerne. : https://www.kkl-luzern.ch/en/your-visit/general-info/your-arrival – it’s the the train IR 75.

Hotel Astoria Lucerne
Pilatusstrasse 29
CH-6002 Lucerne
Switzerland

T +41 41 226 88 88
www.astoria-luzern.ch

Radisson Blu Lucerne
Lakefront Center Inseliquai 12
CH-6005 Lucerne
Switzerland

T +41 41 369 90 00
www.radissonhotels.com

For inquiries, please contact the GIE Secretariat:

Tel +32 2 209 05 00
Fax +32 2 209 05 01
E-mail gie@gie.eu

Gas Infrastructure Europe (GIE)
Avenue de Cortenbergh 100
1000 Brussels
Belgium

Conference Venue

In 2021, we are delighted to welcome you at the Lucerne Culture and Congress Centre (KKL), on the shores of beautiful Lake Lucerne.

The main event of the GIE Annual Conference and the preceding GIE internal meetings will take place at the Lucerne Culture and Congress Centre (KKL), on the shores of Lake Lucerne. The KKL is located right next to the main train station and is within walking distance of the old city centre.

Designed by the visionary architect Jean Nouvel, the KKL serves as the flagship conference venue in Lucerne, and provides a prestigious venue for hosting the GIE Annual Conference.

The KKL Luzern is easily accessible by public transport. No matter whether you are travelling by train, bus or boat, you can quickly reach the Culture and Convention Centre thanks to its location in the heart of the city. From Lucerne Railway station, it’s only 100 steps under shelter to reach the KKL Luzern.

KKL Luzern
Europaplatz 1
CH-6002 Lucerne
Switzerland

T +41 41 226 74 37
www.kkl-luzern.ch

For inquiries, please contact the GIE Secretariat:

Tel +32 2 209 05 00
Fax +32 2 209 05 01
E-mail gie@gie.eu

Gas Infrastructure Europe (GIE)
Avenue de Cortenbergh 100
1000 Brussels
Belgium

Evening Event

Gala Dinner Evening Event organised by the Swiss hosts will take place on Tuesday evening 12 October.

Transport will be arranged departing from the KKL conference centre – the Gala Dinner is expected to start around 20:00.

Event schedule and evening programme will be provided soon at this location. Shuttles / transport returning to Lucerne will be foreseen.

Erdgas OstschweizErdgas ZentralschweizGAZNATGasverbund MittellandSwissgas and Transitgas, the Swiss gas infrastructure operators are looking forward to being your hosts in 2021.

*** Venue to be announced ***

For inquiries, please contact the GIE Secretariat:

Tel +32 2 209 05 00
Fax +32 2 209 05 01
E-mail gie@gie.eu

Gas Infrastructure Europe (GIE)
Avenue de Cortenbergh 100
1000 Brussels
Belgium

Conference registration

Are you a member of the press, an academic or an EU official? Then, you’re eligible to special rates. Please send an e-mail to gie@gie.eu with your request to attend the conference. Do NOT use the registration form.

If you register before 15 September 2021, we offer a reduced Early-Bird booking rate:

Before 17 September 2021
995 EUR to attend the physical event
495 EUR to attend the digital event

After 17 September 2021
1195 EUR to attend the physical event
595 EUR to attend the digital event

Join us digitally :

Access to:

  • 9 insightful panels discussions with over 40 energy leaders
  • Online streaming
  • Presented materials
  • Exclusive videos
  • Digital networking session to meet and greet with other participants
  • New exciting ways to ask your questions…
  • And many surprises coming up!

Possibility to upgrade your tickets into physical ones.

Join us in Lucerne :

Access to:

  • 9 insightful panels discussions with over 40 energy leaders
  • Physical networking with an broad audience coming from various horizons
  • Access to all features included in the digital access

Back together!
Being onsite will enable you to join the unmissable GIE gala dinner. This sumptuous reception will be the occasion to meet, discuss and celebrate with prestigious energy game changers.

Not sure yet about joining onsite or online?

Thanks to our upgrading registration policy, you can substitute your digital access for a live experience at any time before the event.

Not sure if you will be able to travel to Switzerland? Register your team today for the online meeting and upgrade your ticket later.

You will be able to upgrade to a physical participation ticket at a later time and attend the event in Lucerne.

Steps to register:

1. Payment:

Payment for the conference fee can be made by credit card (VISA, MasterCard or AmEx), Bancontact (Belgium), SOFORT (Germany) or iDEAL (Netherlands) immediately after filling in your registration form. Online registration happens within a secure environment. You will receive an invoice by e-mail immediately following your payment.

You can also pay by bank transfer : in this case, the registration to the conference is confirmed once the payment has been received.
You will receive an invoice by e-mail after your registration.
Please choose your preferred payment method in the registration form.

2. Confirmation Email:

You will receive a confirmation email after your registration.

3. Digital event:

If you’re registered for the digital event, the online access code(s) will be provided one week before the start of the event.

— Once registered the fee is not refundable —

Getting Around

By airplane

Zurich Airport is the closest airport to reach the KKL center in Lucerne. You can take a direct train from Zürich airport to Lucerne.
The train station is below the airport terminal complex, and direct trains leave hourly at 15 minutes past the hour. The journey takes just over an hour. The Trains IR75 & IR13 are direct trains.
Full information on train times, ticket prices, etc can be found at https://www.kkl-luzern.ch/en/your-visit/general-info/your-arrival in English, German, French and Italian. Please check times before you travel.
Zurich Airport is approximately a 1-hour drive from Lucerne.

The KKL center is at 5 mins from the Lucerne station.  To reach the KKL center, you will need to head toward the train  track 14, and take the exit next to that track.

Most hotels are within easy walking distance from the Lucerne train station.

Basel-Mulhouse Airport is connected via a shuttle bus to Basel SBB railway station. From there, a direct train also departs every hour to Lucerne (the journey from Basel SBB is approx. 1 hour).

By car or train

The Gotthard trans-alpine autobahn and railway pass through Lucerne and provide easy access by car or train from north or south.

Entering Switzerland

If you are entering Switzerland by airplane. You must complete the electronic entry form on a computer or smartphone before or during travel. Here you will find the Entry form: https://swissplf.admin.ch/formular . Once you’ve filled out the form you’ll be emailed a QR code as confirmation. Have this code ready for inspection when you enter Switzerland. If you are controlled you can show the QR code on your smartphone or produce a printed confirmation. If you have not filled out the entry form despite the obligation to do so, the controlling authority can punish you with a CHF 100 fine. The same applies if you provide false information on the form.

You will need to present the Covid certificate.  This certificate includes the following:

  1. Being fully vaccinated

People who are fully vaccinated are exempt from many health-related measures at the border. These exemptions apply to people who have been vaccinated with one of the following vaccines:

  • Pfizer/BioNTech (BNT162b2 / Comirnaty® / Tozinameran)
  • Moderna (mRNA-1273 / Spikevax / COVID-19 vaccine Moderna)
  • AstraZeneca (AZD1222 Vaxzevria®/ Covishield™)
  • Janssen / Johnson & Johnson (Ad26.COV2.S)
  • Sinopharm / BIBP (SARS-CoV-2 Vaccine (Vero Cell))
  • Sinovac (CoronaVac)

The “EU Digital COVID Certificate” of the EU is also recognised in Switzerland. You can thus enter Switzerland with the certificate.

If don’t you have a COVID certificate that is recognised in Switzerland? In this case, in addition to your last name, first name and date of birth, your proof of vaccination must also include the date of vaccination and the vaccine used.

  1. Providing a negative test result

Are you not fully vaccinated or unable to prove that you have recovered from COVID-19 in the last 6 months? In the following cases you will have to present proof of a negative PCR test (not older than 72 hours) or rapid antigen test (not older than 48 hours):

KKL center has settled a health center where PCR and antigen Test could be conducted on 12th and 13th October 2021. The health center is located by the main entrance of the venue.

    1. Providing a recovery certificate from COVID-19 dated from no longer than 6 months.

We wish you a pleasant journey and look forward to welcoming you in Lucerne!

For inquiries, please contact the GIE Secretariat:

Tel +32 2 209 05 00
Fax +32 2 209 05 01
E-mail gie@gie.eu

Gas Infrastructure Europe (GIE)
Avenue de Cortenbergh 100
1000 Brussels
Belgium

Registration and coffee

Introductory Speeches

Welcome speech

Jean-Claude Depail, President, GIE

Welcome speech

Aidan O’Sullivan, General Manager, Gaslink

Keynote Address

Seán Kelly, Member of the European Parliament, Ireland

Keynote Address

Alex White, Minister of Communications, Energy and Natural Resources, Ireland

Keynote Address

Miguel Arias Cañete, Commissioner for Climate Action & Energy, European Commission

Lunch

Session 1 / Future gas supply to Europe. How is Europe perceived from outside?

Moderator

Jean-Arnold Vinois, Honorary Director Internal Energy Market, European Commission

Norway as a reliable gas supplier for Europe – Now and in the future

Rune Bjørnson, Senior Vice President Natural Gas, Statoil

Russia’s new strategy for gas delivery to Europe – Is Europe competing with Asia?

Tatiana Mitrova, Head of Oil and Gas Department, Energy Research Institute RAS

Turkey as a key transit country for future European supply – Long-term perspectives

Simone Tagliapietra, Senior Researcher, Fondazione Eni Enrico Mattei (FEEM)

Development of global LNG market and recent trends

Takuro Yamamoto, LNG Analyst, IEA

Developing European resources – The Corrib project comes online !

Ronan Deasy, Managing Director, Shell Ireland

Coffee Break

Session 2 / Innovative solutions with gas

Moderator

Tudor Constantinescu, Principal Adviser to Mr Ristori, European Commission

Successful developments in the downstream gas sector in France

Anthony Mazzenga, Head of Strategy Department, GrDF

Future prospects of European biogas industry – Greening the gas grid

Jan Štambaský, President,, European Biogas Association (EBA)

Innovations in distribution system operators

Joost Gottmer, Policy Advisor Regulation / Secretary European Affairs, Alliander

Teaming up for new decarbonising services for natural gas grids: two examples

Onno Florisson, Principal Consultant, DNV GL Oil & Gas

LNG for trucks – Best practices to achieve a wide deployment across Europe

Matthias Maedge, Deputy Secretary General, NGVA Europe

Evening Programme : Gala Dinner at the Royal Hospital Kilmainham

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Start:
12 October
End:
13 October
Cost:
€495.00 – €1195.00
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Gas Infrastructure Europe
Email:
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Venue

Lucerne Culture and Congress Centre (KKL)
Europaplatz 1
Lucerne, 6005 Switzerland
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