A Pathway to a Carbon Neutral 2050: The role of gas

A Pathway to a Carbon Neutral 2050: The role of gas

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On Eurogas’ request, the international consultancy DNV GL has developed a pathway study to reach an EU carbon neutral 2050. They have also re-modelled the European Commission’s 1.5TECH scenario from their long term strategy to compare the carbon reduction potential and the cost of the two models.


The online event will run on 30 June 2020 from 09:30 to 11:00 (CET)

09:30 Welcome by the moderator
Sonja van Renssen, Managing Editor, Energy, New Statesman Media Group
09:35 Keynote speech
Florian Ermacora, Head of Unit, Wholesale markets, DG ENER, European Commission
09:45 Presentation of the findings of the Eurogas/DNV GL Study ‘A Pathway 2050’
Warner ten Kate, Senior Consultant, Markets and Transaction Advisory &
Bent Erik Bakken, Senior Principal Specialist and Chief Analyst from DNV GL
10:15 Q&A with the audience on the study
10:25 Panel discussion on how to reach an EU carbon neutral by 2050
Wolfgang Vittorio d’Innocenzo, Energy Attaché, Permanent Representation of Italy to the EU
Dries Acke, Director Energy Systems, European Climate Foundation
Eva Hennig, Eurogas Board  Member, Chair of the Eurogas Distribution Committee and Head of Energy Policy, Thüga
10:45 Q&A with the audience
10:55 Closing words
James Watson, Secretary General, Eurogas


Meet the speakers

Dr. Florian Ermacora studied law at the Universities of Innsbruck and Paris and received his doctorate degree in Vienna. Since 1996, Dr.  Ermacora has been working as an official for the European Commission (Directorate-General for Environment; Directorate-General for Internal Market; Directorate-General for Energy).  In-between, from 2001 – 2004, Dr. Ermacora worked for the international law firm Schönherr in Vienna. From February 2010 to November 2012, Dr. Ermacora was the assistant to the Director General for Energy, Mr. Philip Lowe. From November 2012 to December 2014, Dr. Ermacora was the Head of the Communication and Interinstitutional Relations Unit of the Directorate General for Energy. Since January 2015, Dr. Ermacora is responsible for the Wholesale Electricity and Gas Division, as the Head of B.2 Unit. Dr. Ermacora has published several books and articles in the areas of European environmental and business law.


Mr. ten Kate joined DNV GL in January 2019 as a Senior Consultant for Due Diligence and Market Studies and brought with him over a decade experience in international energy policy making and gas market regulation. Prior to his role at DNV GL, Mr. ten Kate worked as Regulatory and Public Affairs Advisor at GasTerra B.V., as an Natural Gas Analyst at the International Energy Agency (IEA), and as an policy analyst at the Clingendael International Energy Programme (CIEP). During his career Mr. ten Kate involved himself extensively with EU energy policy making, developing energy outlooks/forecasts, and stakeholder outreach. Mr. ten Kate has a Master of Arts (MA) in International Relations from Groningen University, and a Master in Business Administration (MBA) from Warwick Business School.


Dr. Bent Erik Bakken is the Chief Analyst in DNV GL’s Energy Transition research programme.  He has almost four decades of experience in consulting, academia, and government research.  His award winning work has focused on complex systems in security and energy issues for clients such as WindEurope, Equinor, Shell, and government ministeries.   He has written several books and numerous research articles.  He had lectured at MIT, CBS, and other top universities and holds an adjunct professorship of behavioral science and complex systems at Oslo Met U.


Dries Acke is the Director for the Energy Systems initiative at the European Climate Foundation.
Dries carried forward the ECF’s flagship Roadmap 2050 project and now heads ECF’s activities on EU energy policy and the Energy Union. Previously, Dries worked at Apple, Inc. where he worked for five years in the EMEA Public Affairs department. He holds an M.A. in Contemporary History from the Catholic University of Brussels and Leuven, Belgium, and was awarded a post-graduate degree in International Relations from the Karl-Rüprecht University in Heidelberg, Germany.


Eva Hennig, study of Mechanical Engineering at Technical University in Munich. With Thüga Aktiengesellschaft in Munich since 1989 in various positions, since 1.1.2018 head of department for EU Energy Policy. The Thüga Group constitutes the largest alliance of nearly 100 municipal utilities in Germany with activities in the sectors gas, electricity, district heating, water and various services. Eva Hennig is active in all topics related to gas with a special interest in sector coupling and the production and distribution of renewable and decarbonized gases. Since 2012 chair of the Eurogas Distribution Committee.


Dr James Watson is the Secretary General of Eurogas since January 2019. Eurogas is the association representing the European gas wholesale, retail and distribution sectors. Prior to this, he was the CEO of SolarPower Europe. Before joining SolarPower Europe, he worked as the Director of Public Affairs for Weber Shandwick. Before coming to Brussels, he worked for the Commonwealth Secretariat on a European Commission project on trade and sustainable development based in Ethiopia. Earlier in his career James worked for various UK government bodies in London and worked as a lecturer in Environmental Law at the University of Manchester. He holds a Ph.D in International Trade and Environmental Law from the University of Leeds, and is currently a Visiting Professor at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel.


The full report and executive summary are available here