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GIEnergy Shot Roundtable : Study Release on Security of supply & Decarbonisation

12 December, 2023 @ 13:30 - 19:00 CET

Presentation of the study and European Commission’s response to the study

Opening remarks
Torben Brabo, GIE President

Presentation of the study
Christoph Riechmann, Director at Frontier Economics
Catherine Galano, Associate Director at Frontier Economics

European Commission’s response to the study
Tom Howes
, European Commission

BLOCK 1 | Recommendation 1

Recommendation 1
Christoph Riechmann, Director at Frontier Economics

Panel discussion

  1.  Dennis Hesseling, IEA Head of Gas, Coal & Power Markets Division
  2. Anna Slavkovská, Nafta Senior Expert on Regulatory Issues
  3. Ralph Bahke, ONTRAS Managing Director
  4. Harmen Dekker, European Biogas Association CEO
  5. Pieter van Aartsen, Gasunie
  6. Chris Logue, National Gas

BLOCK 2 | Recommendation 2 & 3

Recommendation 2 & 3
Catherine Galano, Associate Director at Frontier Economics

Panel discussion

  1. Juan Lopez Vaquero, ACER
  2. Torben Brabo, GIE President
  3. Pierre Duvieusart, GRTGaz Deputy General Director
  4. Georg Dorfleutner, RAG Energy Storage GmbH Managing Director
  5. Bobby Gleeson, Gas Networks Ireland Chief Operations Officer
  6. Piotr Kus, ENTSOG General Director

Conclusion

Conclusion remarks
Torben Brabo
, GIE President

GIEnergy Shot Roundtable

How to ensure Europe’s security of supply while speeding up decarbonisation?

Discover Frontier Economics study on 12 December in Brussels.

NH Brussels EU Berlaymont : Boulevard Charlemagne, 11-19, 1000 Bruxelles – Belgium

 

We are delighted to invite you to the energising 2nd edition of the GIEnergy shot roundtable.

On 12 December, in Brussels, GIE will unveil the results of a unique study carried out by Frontier Economics on solutions safeguarding Europe’s security of supply while speeding up decarbonisation. We would be delighted to have you on board for this interactive afternoon.

16 high-level speakers

ACER, European Commission, IEA, industry leaders, and researchers will be in the room to discuss how to set up dynamic planning and funding measures to kickstart the Hydrogen market while maintaining supply security. Challenge them during the Q&A and meet them at coffee breaks.

 

Context

While end-customers express their need for natural gas supply to be maintained in the transitional period, gas infrastructure must be made fit for the hydrogen age. This shift implies challenges: Frontier Economics’ report identifies them while presenting the solutions with gas infrastructure and their role in supporting decarbonisation with renewable and low-carbon gases. Objectives: ensuring a fast, efficient and sustainable energy transition.

 

Meet-and-greet

Join the 16 high-level speakers during the networking breaks and networking reception to enable participants to pursue the informal discussion of the day and enjoy a festive atmosphere.

 

Ensure your slot by registering today:

Please note that the venues have a limited number of seats.

GIE is pleased to invite you to its high-level roundtable for the exclusive release of

Frontier’s study on the security of supply and decarbonisation.

 

International audience

Taking place at the heart of the policymaking in the EU quarter, this 2nd edition of GIEnergy Shot will bring together high-level representatives from the European Commission, European Parliament, EU Member States, regulators, industry experts and researchers to discuss the challenges and recommendations related to fostering EU Energy resilience and the decarbonisation of the EU energy ecosystem in the context of the study.

 

About the study

Developed by Frontier Economics, the study sheds light on the gas infrastructure in the transition period. While we cannot deny that many end-customers still demand natural gas supply in the next years, our infrastructure must be fit for the hydrogen age. This transition implies challenges that the report outlines while at the same time providing solutions where gas infrastructure operators will enable the transition to a system that transports and stores renewable and low-carbon gases.

GIEnergy Shot Roundtable

How to ensure Europe’s security of supply while speeding up decarbonisation?

Discover Frontier Economics study on 12 December in Brussels.

NH Brussels EU Berlaymont : Boulevard Charlemagne, 11-19, 1000 Bruxelles – Belgium

 

———————(13 :00-13 :30) Welcome coffee & registration———————

 

13:30 – 14:20 | Setting the scene

Moderated by Sasha Twining

 

Opening remarks by Torben Brabo, GIE President

 

Presentation of the study

  • Christoph Riechmann, Director at Frontier Economics
  • Catherine Galano, Associate Director at Frontier Economics

European Commission’s response to the study

  • Tom Howes, European Commission

 

C-suits Roundtable

  • Exchange on the aim of the study and the context.
  • National perspectives overview.

 

14:20 – 15:20 | BLOCK 1 | Recommendation 1

Moderated by Sasha Twining

 

Presentation of Recommendation 1

  • Christoph Riechmann, Director at Frontier Economics
  • Catherine Galano, Associate Director at Frontier Economics

Recommendation within enhanced coordination scenario, focusing on setting up dynamic planning and funding measures to kickstart the H2 market while maintaining CH4 SoS.

 

Panel discussion

  1.  Dennis Hesseling, IEA Head of Gas, Coal & Power Markets Division
  2. Anna Slavkovská, Nafta Senior Expert on Regulatory Issues
  3. Ralph Bahke, ONTRAS Managing Director
  4. Harmen Dekker, European Biogas Association CEO
  5. Pieter van Aartsen, Gasunie
  6. Chris Logue, National Gas

 

————————- (15:20–15:50) Networking coffee————————-

 

15:50 – 16:50 | BLOCK 2 | Recommendation 2

Moderated by Sasha Twining

 

Presentation of the recommendation 2

  • Christoph Riechmann, Director at Frontier Economics
  • Catherine Galano, Associate Director at Frontier Economics

Recommendation within enhanced coordination scenarios, focusing on preserving CH4 system integrity in the transition and assessing CH4/ H2 storage needs and potentials at the European level.

 

Panel discussion

  1. Juan Lopez Vaquero, ACER
  2. Torben Brabo, GIE President
  3. Pierre Duvieusart, GRTGaz Deputy General Director
  4. Georg Dorfleutner, RAG Energy Storage GmbH Managing Director
  5. Bobby Gleeson, Gas Networks Ireland Chief Operations Officer
  6. Piotr Kus, ENTSOG General Director

 

16:50 – 17:00 | Conclusion remarks

————————- (17:00 – 19:00) Reception————————-

Click on the photos below to check out the biography.

Sasha Twining

TV & Radio Presenter

Sasha Twining

TV & Radio Presenter


Sasha Twining is a well respected television and radio presenter.  On Sky News she co-presented high profile shows including Sunrise with Eamonn Holmes, and Sky News Today with Dermot Murnaghan. She also occasionally presented the flagship programme Sky News at Ten.

Sasha was the lead anchor for Russia Today, an international news television channel based in Moscow. She has also worked as a correspondent for ITV, and presented the catch-up service for BBC News 24.

Internationally Sasha presents for the Nine Network (Australia) and is London correspondent for both ˜Today‘ and ˜Mornings‘. On BBC ONE she was the voice of primetime entertainment for five years  and has worked for ITV1 as a continuity announcer.

Her radio work includes ˜Saturday Breakfast with Sasha Twining' for BBC Radio Solent and regular news reading stints for Sky News Radio and Heart, Magic, Real etc.

Sasha works for a number of corporate clients, hosting and facilitating large events, both in the UK and Europe. She chairs plenary discussions, manages question and answer sessions, interviews key personnel, hosts team-building events, facilitates break-out sessions, interprets live data from contemporary audience surveys (via interactive software) and hosts award ceremonies.


Sasha Twining
@SashaTwining

Torben Brabo

President, GIE & Senior Vice President, Energinet Group

Torben Brabo

President, GIE & Senior Vice President, Energinet Group


Torben Brabo is CEO of the Gas TSO in Energinet, the Danish national transmission system operator for electricity and gas – which is an independent public enterprise owned by the Danish state under the Ministry of Climate, Utilities and Energy. He has 25 years of experience in the energy and gas sector in Denmark and abroad.

Prior to joining Energinet, he took part in European power and gas projects as part of the liberalisation of the Danish gas market in 2002-2004. As the current CEO in Energinet Gas TSO, Torben Brabo is highly involved in European renewable and low-carbon gas projects.

Besides of being GIE’s President, he is engaged in ENTSOG (European Network of gas TSOs) and the European gas capacity trading platform PRISMA, and promoting ERGAR. Moreover, he participates in several decarbonisation projects, such as the Green Gas Initiative and Gas for Climate. He has held a position as chairman of the board of the Danish-Swedish gas exchange ‘Gaspoint Nordic’.


Torben Brabo
@torbenbrabo

Christoph Riechmann

Director in the Frontier Economics

Christoph Riechmann

Director in the Frontier Economics


Christoph Riechmann is a Director in the Frontier Energy Practice. With over 25 years of consulting experience Christoph provides market design, regulation, competition, valuation, strategy and dispute support advice to clients in Europe. He has advised the European Commission, national authorities and energy companies on the regulation and decarbonisation of the gas and electricity sectors.


Christoph Riechmann

Catherine Galano

Associate Director at Frontier Economics

Catherine Galano

Associate Director at Frontier Economics


Catherine Galano is an Associate Director in Frontier’s Energy practice. Based in Paris, she advises European players across the value chain in electricity and gas(es). Catherine has twelve years' experience advising on regulation and policy, with a focus on infrastructure and the roll-out of technologies required to achieve the energy transition


Catherine Galano

Tom Howes

Advisor to the Director, Green Transition and Market regulation, DG ENER, European Commission

Tom Howes

Advisor to the Director, Green Transition and Market regulation, DG ENER, European Commission


Tom Howes is Advisor to the Director on the green energy transition and energy market regulation, in the energy department of the European Commission.  Previously, he headed the Energy and Environment Division at the International Energy Agency, and has worked on renewable energy legislation, market and grid integration issues, energy modelling, and energy finance for the European Commission and worked for the UK and Australian governments.

Dennis Hesseling

Head of the Gas, Coal and Power Markets Division,
International Energy Agency (IEA)

Dennis Hesseling

Head of the Gas, Coal and Power Markets Division,
International Energy Agency (IEA)


Mr. Dennis Hesseling took up duties as Head of the Gas, Coal and Power Markets Division in July 2023.
From December 2012 to June 2023, Mr. Hesseling was Head of the Infrastructure, Gas & Retail Department at the EU Agency for the Co-operation of Energy Regulators (ACER) where he was responsible for the Agency’s activities in the areas of energy infrastructure, gas markets, and energy retail, and was also the Agency’s representative to the Energy Community Regulatory Board. Before joining ACER, Mr. Hesseling worked as Head of Unit in the Competition Department of the Netherland Competition Authority NMa (ACM) where he had responsibility for merger control and antitrust enforcement in the Dutch energy, telecommunications and media sectors. Prior to that, he worked in the NMa’s Energy Regulation department from 2002 onwards working mainly on gas issues. From 2000 he worked as a management consultant for McKinsey & Company in Brussels providing strategic and operational advice to postal companies and banks. Mr. Hesseling holds a PhD in Mathematics from Utrecht University, The Netherlands. He received additional training at McKinsey, business school IMD in Lausanne and the Dutch Programme for Prospective Top Civil Servants. Mr. Hesseling trained energy regulators and competition authorities in Romania, Bulgaria, Ukraine, Turkey and Vietnam as well as political parties in various African countries


Dennis Jesseling
@Dehessel

Anna Slavkovská

Nafta Senior Expert on Regulatory Issuesa

Anna Slavkovská

Nafta Senior Expert on Regulatory Issuesa


Anna Slavkovská is a senior expert on regulatory issues focused on EU and Slovak national regulation. Since 2009 she is in a role of leading regulatory lawyer at NAFTA a.s. – a storage system operator active in Slovakia, Austria, Germany, and Czech Republic . In December 2022 she was appointed as a managing director of NAFTA Speicher Inzenham GmbH – a storage system operator in Germany.

Besides being focused on regulatory issues and providing support in this respect for storages within NAFTA group, she also closely cooperates with NAFTA´s commercial department giving her an insight into practical business needs of gas storages. Moreover, she is also deeply involved in NAFTA’s decarbonization projects in various fields e.g. renewable electricity production, hydrogen storage and biomethane.

Anna is also a member of IGU (International Gas Union) Storage Committee focusing on the area of storage regulations and an active representative in GIE within GSE column from 2009. Starting 2023 she is also a member of the GSE Executive Committee and a member of the  GIE Board.

Ralph Bahke

Hydrogen Area Sponsor, GIE & Managing Director, ONTRAS Gastransport GmbH

Ralph Bahke

Hydrogen Area Sponsor, GIE & Managing Director, ONTRAS Gastransport GmbH


Ralph Bahke, born 1964, studied Information Technology at the Technical University of Dresden. He joined VNG – Verbundnetz Gas AG in 1994 and became responsible for the planning of automation technology. In 2001 he changed to the Gas Transportation Department where he held various senior management positions.

Between January 2006 and November 2008, Bahke worked in senior management posts of the Network Marketing Department in the newly established transmission system operator ONTRAS. Since November 2008 he has been one of the two ONTRAS managing directors, responsible for the division controlling and development.

From December 2009 to December 2015 Bahke was board member of the European Network of Transmission System Operators for Gas (ENTSOG).

In 2011 Bahke was appointed member of the Energy Advisory Board of the German Free State of Saxony. Since December 2012 Bahke was Chairman of the board of "Vereinigung der Fernleitungsnetzbetreiber Gas e.V.", the association of German Transmission System Operators for Gas. He gave up this position in 2020 and joined GIE (Gas Infrastructure Europe) board in January 2021.

Harmen Dekker

CEO, European Biogas Association

Harmen Dekker

CEO, European Biogas Association


Harmen Dekker has worked for almost 15 years within the sustainability sector and is devoted to the mitigation of climate change. With both a technical as well as a business administration background he has built his career in the water and gas sector, where he has held various management positions. 

He joins the EBA after being involved in the biogas sector for over 5 years. 

During those years, he not only focused expansion of biogas and in particular biomethane but also on the implementation of techniques such as bio-LNG, bio-Methanol, bio-Hydrogen and bioplastics. 


Harmen Dekker

Chris Logue

National Gas Transmission
Head of Markets

Chris Logue

National Gas Transmission
Head of Markets


Chris is an engineer who has many years’ experience of working in technical and commercial roles in the UK and European energy industry.  In his current role he leads the team responsible for the market codes and commercial frameworks which underpin the industry. This includes leading the UK Future of Gas Steering Group and the Gas Markets Plan processes.

Previously Chris led National Grid Gas’s EU Policy team, playing a key role in influencing the development of European gas markets and EU Codes and ensuring that National Grid fulfilled its obligations under the 3rd Package and other EU legislation. Chris has also held managerial positions with National Grid Metering and BG Group.

Chris is also a Director of Xoserve (the central data services provider to UK gas industry) and represents National Gas in Prisma shareholder meetings. He was formally a board member of ENTSOG until National Grid left the association in Dec 2021.

Pieter van Aartsen

Company Secretary, Head Government Affairs, Gasunie

Pieter van Aartsen

Company Secretary, Head Government Affairs, Gasunie


Pieter van Aartsen is the Company Secretary of Gasunie. In addition to this position, he heads the government and regulatory affairs department. Before taking up his position as GIE board member he chaired the strategy task force and represented GIE in the steering committee of GasNaturally.

Previously he worked as a policy advisor on energy, climate and the internal market in the European Parliament. He was closely involved in the negotiations between the EU institutions on the Third Energy Package and the Second Strategic Energy Review. Before relocating to Brussels he was working in the communications department of a political party and worked on several election campaigns in the Netherlands.


Pieter van Aartsen

Juan Lopez Vaquero

ACER, Policy Officer – Energy Infrastructure

 

Juan Lopez Vaquero

ACER, Policy Officer – Energy Infrastructure

 


Since 2014, Juan Lopez-Vaquero works as Policy Officer in the Infrastructure, Retail and Gas Department at the European Agency of the Cooperation of Energy Regulators (ACER). He deals primarily with European gas infrastructure regulation, network planning and security of supply issues. Previously, he worked for 5 years at the Spanish Energy Regulator (CNMC) in gas infrastructure regulation and gas market monitoring.
Juan holds a M.Sc. in Industrial Engineering by Universidad Politecnica de Madrid and he has completed annual specialised programmes on the Regulation of Energy Utilities in Florence School of
Regulation and in Energy Finance and Energy Law at the Spanish Energy Institute – ENERCLUB.

Pierre Duvieusart

GRTGaz Deputy General Director

Pierre Duvieusart

GRTGaz Deputy General Director


Georg Dorfleutner

RAG Energy Storage GmbH Managing Director

Georg Dorfleutner

RAG Energy Storage GmbH Managing Director


Early Life and Education:

Georg Dorfleutner, born in 1977 in Austria, displayed a blend of analytical prowess and linguistic skill from an early age. His academic journey began at the Bundesrealgymnasium Geblergasse in Vienna, where he completed his University Entrance Diploma (Matura) in 1995, excelling in Descriptive Geometry, Mathematics, and French. Georg's intellectual curiosity and dedication to the law led him to the Universität Wien, where he earned a Degree in Law (Mag. iur.) in 2001, specializing in Administrative Law and Private International Law.

Career Path:

Georg's professional journey is marked by a series of strategic positions that leveraged his legal expertise within the energy sector. He began as a trainee lawyer at WDR RECHTSANWÄLTE followed by DULLINGER SCHNEIDER RECHTSANWÄLTE GMBH in August 2003, honing his legal skills until December 2007. Prior to this, he had completed internships at notable institutions such as SIEMENS AG ÖSTERREICH and MAG. DAGMAR NEYER’s law firm, and also served as a trainee at the OBERLANDESGERICHT WIEN. In addition, he dedicated a year to civil service at DER WÜRFEL from June 2002 to May 2003.

In January 2008, Georg joined RAG – ROHÖL-AUFSUCHUNGS AG as a Senior Legal Counsel, where he began to integrate his legal expertise with the energy sector's operational demands. His role evolved over time, leading him to become the Vice Executive Secretary at GIE – Gas Infrastructure Europe from October 2010 to September 2011, and subsequently the European Affairs Coordinator at RAG from October 2011 to December 2012.

Leadership at RAG Energy Storage GmbH:

Georg's career reached a pinnacle in January 2013, when he was appointed as the Managing Director of RAG Energy Storage GmbH in Vienna. In this role, he has been responsible for marketing, business development, strategy, legal matters, market monitoring and evaluation, as well as regulatory affairs in the gas industry. His influence extends beyond the company, as he actively engages in lobbying within European and national associations. Georg has been serving as the Vice President of GSE since 2013, as a Board Member of GIE since 2022 and as a Board Member of the NGVA from 2016 till 2023, highlighting his significant impact on the energy sector at a European level.

Bobby Gleeson

Gas Networks Ireland Chief Operations Officer

Bobby Gleeson

Gas Networks Ireland Chief Operations Officer


Piotr Kuś

General Director, ENTSOG

Piotr Kuś

General Director, ENTSOG


Before joining ENTSOG in January 2022 as ENTSOG General Director, Piotr Kuś held the position of Deputy Director in the Development Division at GAZ-SYSTEM S.A., since January 2017. His main areas of responsibilities included international cooperation, institutional relations, cooperation with EU institutions and international trade organisations.

He was involved in a number of business development projects aimed at regional gas market development - both infrastructure projects in CEE region as well as LNG, booking platforms and cooperation with Energy Community. Within GAZ-SYSTEM H2 task force, he was engaged in evaluating new gases preparedness: working on readiness of the Polish gas networks, European Hydrogen Backbone, IPCEI initiatives and Hydrogen Storage Project in Poland. He represented the transmission sector in number of Partnerships for Hydrogen Economy Development and Biogas Development on National and European level.

Between 2019-2021, Piotr was GIE Board Member acting as a sponsor of the CH4 Area. Since 2016, he was a member of the GTE Executive Committee to supervise activities of future sustainable solutions in the natural gas infrastructure. Prior to that, between 2008 and 2016, Piotr was Director of the Brussels Office of GAZ-SYSTEM, in charge of managing the company’s EU affairs.

Before joining GAZ-SYSTEM in 2008, he was employed by the Polish Oil and Gas Company (PGNiG S.A.) and was seconded to its Representative Office in Brussels.

Piotr Kuś graduated from Warsaw School of Economics.


Piotr Kuś

NH Brussels EU Berlaymont

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NH Brussels EU Berlaymont
Boulevard Charlemagne – Karel de Grotelaan, 11-19, 1000 Bruxelles – Belgium

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