Digitalisation of gas distribution networks: a key enabler for the energy transition

Digitalisation of gas distribution networks: a key enabler for the energy transition

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GEODE, CEDEC, GD4S and Eurogas are pleased to present you a webinar on ‘Digitalisation of gas distribution networks: a key enabler for the energy transition’ taking place online on 9 December 2021, 09:30-11:00 (CET) (Zoom).

The event will address how innovative digital technologies are contributing to the decarbonisation of Europe, delivering the objectives of carbon neutrality before 2050 and the benefit such technologies bring to the EU in terms of clean tech industrial leadership.



Welcome by the moderator
Sonja van Renssen, Editor-in-Chief, Energy Monitor

Keynote speech
Vincent Berrutto, Head of Innovation, Research, Digitalisation and Competitiveness, European Commission – DG ENER

Panel discussion

Pier Lorenzo Dell’Orco, CEO, Italgas Reti S.p.A.
Geert Meulenbelt, Export Manager, DC Brain
Michael Dammann, CEO, Gasnetz Hamburg
Carole Baron, Head of Smart Grid, GRT Gaz
Eva Hennig, Head of Department for EU Energy Policy, Thüga
Albéric Mongrenier, Director, Energy & Sustainability, CERRE


Closing remarks by the moderator


Vincent Berrutto is the Head of Unit responsible for research, innovation, digitalisation, and competitiveness at the European Commission Directorate General for Energy (DG ENERGY). His Unit aims to support R&I in clean energy, foster digital energy services, and improve EU’s competitiveness, with the long-term goal to decarbonise Europe by 2050. Prior to this, he was heading the Unit in charge of energy efficiency at the Executive Agency for Small and Medium-size Enterprises (EASME). He also dealt earlier with clean energy issues in other services of the European Commission, as well as in the French government. He is a civil engineer with a MSc and a PhD in building science.



Pier Lorenzo has worked at Italgas since 2016 — originally as chief commercial officer and now as CEO of Italgas Reti. He has been a member of the boards of directors of various subsidiary companies of the Italgas group. Thanks to a multi-year technical and commercial career path, he has wide knowledge of the Italian energy market. His focus is on innovation and sustainability, supporting and promoting changes toward a more inclusive, equal and modern work environment.




Geert Meulenbelt is export manager for DCbrain, a Paris headquartered specialist in the design and optimization of digital network twins. With a 25-year long background in the software industry he is specifically focusing on business and partnership development within the European gas TSOs and DSOs.





Carole Baron is Head of Smart Grid project at GRTgaz, one of the leading European gas transmission operators, headquartered in Paris, France. She graduated in 1998 as civil engineer. She started as an R&D engineer on energy system modeling. Then she held a position in energy supply optimization for energy trading in Europe.

She joined GRTgaz in 2006 and held several positions in operations, projects management, key account management, and prospective & strategy studies.

Since 2020 she’s been in charge of the Smart Grid  program at GRTgaz. This program focuses on innovative digital and energy technologies to optimize renewable gas injection, develop efficiency in internal process, and optimize the overall management of the energy system.


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. Active in the field of DSO regulation for gas and electricity, sector coupling and renewable and decarbonized gases. Since 2012 chair of the Eurogas Distribution Committee. The Thüga Group constitutes the largest alliance of municipal utilities in Germany with activities in the sectors gas, electricity, district heating, water and various services.




Albéric Mongrenier heads up the Energy & Sustainability practice at the Centre on Regulation in Europe (CERRE), working with the CERRE members and European policymakers on sustainability issues across the board.

Before joining CERRE, Albéric worked at FTI Consulting, where he specialised in global public affairs programmes and campaigns across a wide range of sectors and countries. Prior to that, he spent several years in the Middle East and Central Asia working in economic intelligence, as a journalist and as an independent advisor in the energy sector.

A French national, Albéric studied energy and defence policy at Sciences Po, Paris, and MGIMO University, Russia.