A Green Deal for Clean High Quality Jobs and Growth in Europe driven by the Energy Sector?

A Green Deal for Clean High Quality Jobs and Growth in Europe driven by the Energy Sector?

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A Green Deal for Clean High Quality Jobs and Growth in Europe driven by the Energy Sector?
13 October 2021 |  10:30-12:00 CET (Online, ZOOM)

In the framework of the EU Sustainable Energy Week Extended Programme, Eurogas, industriAll Europe and EPSU are co-organising an online session to highlight the importance of anticipating changes for the workforce in a comprehensive social dialogue between employers and workers representatives in order to provide certainty for the future and quality employment in a sustainable sector.

The session will discuss and explore

  • the new jobs that can be created in the European Union through a successful energy transition, as facilitated by the Green Deal. It will also cover the transition that many workers are making across Europe as jobs change in focus to embrace new technologies and opportunities provided by the energy transition.
  • the huge opportunities for European leadership in climate mitigation innovative industry and how the transition in gas will deliver European climate technology leadership and manufacturing jobs in Europe that are long term and sustainable.

The event video is available to view below.


Welcome from the Chair
Jörg Tagger, Head of Unit on Social Dialogue, DG EMPL, European Commission

Presentation of the findings of the Guidehouse Study on Job Potential in the gas energy transition
Benjamin Grunfeld, Partner, Energy, Sustainablity, and Infrastructure, Guidehouse

Q&A with the audience on the Guidehouse study

Panel discussion: Developments in European technology industries to deliver the new era of renewable and decarbonised gas and its implications for workers
Sophie Grenade, Policy Advisor, industriAll Europe

Andreas Wade, Head of Sustainability, Viessmann Group

Jakob Embacher, Policy Officer – Utilities, Company Policy (EWCs), EPSU

Bronagh O’Hagan, Communications Director, Eurogas

Q&A with the audience

Closing words from the Chair


Jörg Tagger holds a legal degree of the University of Graz (Austria) and a Master of European Studies from the University of Leuven (Belgium). He is the head of the unit “Social Dialogue” in the Commission’s General Directorate for Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion. In this function he is responsible for the promotion and facilitation of social dialogue within the European Union, including the implementation of the European Pillar of Social Rights in the social dialogue field. Mr Tagger is previously worked as acting head of the unit “social security coordination”, where he dealt in particular with the recently adopted proposal for a revision of the EU social security rules.


Benjamin Grunfeld is a partner in the global energy, sustainability, and infrastructure segment at Guidehouse and the European and Middle Eastern utility and energy company sector leader.




Sophie Grenade is Policy Advisor for industriAll European Trade Union. Her main areas of focus are raw materials and circular economy. She is also in charge of European Sectoral Social Dialogue Committees in Gas, Electricity, Extractive Industries and Pulp and Paper sector. She has more than 10 years of trade union work at national, European and international level. Before joining industriAll Europe, she was advisor on European affairs within the Belgian Trade Union Confederation FGTB. Sophie holds a Research Master’s degree in Political Sociology from EHESS (Paris, France) and a masters’ degree in Sociology (University of Liège, Belgium). She worked during 6 years at the Faculty of Social Sciences in the University of Liège as research and teaching assistant and was guest lecturer during several years.


Andreas Wade is Head of Sustainability at Viessmann since September 2021. Focus areas include the implementation and evolution of the companies sustainability strategy towards decarbonisation of heating and cooling, circularity and product stewardship as well as sector coupling at all scales to achieve a just transformation. Andreas brings fifteen years of experience in the photovoltaic industry, where he has helped to enable a global sustainability framework in his roles as Global Sustainability Director for First Solar, president of PVthin and long standing chair of the sustainability workstream of SolarPower Europe. Leading the industry through the Product Environmental Footprint pilot phase, he helped to establish the industries first sustainability leadership standard. Prior to the photovoltaic industry, he made his first forays into the energy sector with Shell Exploration and Production in the UK and the Netherlands, where he worked on energy efficiency improvements, emissions reductions and carbon mitigation. Andreas began his professional career with UNESCO as an Associate Expert on Recycling in the cluster office for the GCC in Doha, Qatar. He has an environmental engineering background and holds a Master of Engineering degree from the Clausthal University of Technology, Germany.


Jakob Embacher is responsible for Utilities and European Works Councils at the Federation of European Public Service Unions. After his studies of Social Policies in Paris he worked at the Austrian Trade Union Confederation ÖGB before joining EPSU in January 2020. There he worked on a wide range of issues, from youth and social services to gas and company policy, always advocating for strong public services with quality jobs and accessible to all citizens.



Bronagh O’Hagan joined Eurogas in March 2021 as Communications Director. She is responsible for the association’s communications across media and digital platforms, and serves as one of the spokespersons. She has been active in the EU energy sphere 2015 having worked as a public affairs consultant on energy issues ranging from major gas infrastructure projects to public private partnerships for innovative decarbonisation solutions. Bronagh has also worked as a Parliamentary Assistant in the European Parliament where she focused on the Agriculture and Rural Development Committee. A native of county Derry Ireland, Bronagh holds an MSc in Sustainable Rural Development and Project Management from Queen’s University in Belfast.




Presentation by Benjamin Grunfeld, Partner, Energy, Sustainablity, and Infrastructure, Guidehouse


More information on the EU Sustainable Energy Week is available here.