Do European industry and consumers need decarbonised and renewable gas to achieve carbon neutrality in 2050?

Do European industry and consumers need decarbonised and renewable gas to achieve carbon neutrality in 2050?

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This online event session is taking place in the framework of the EU Sustainable Energy Week extended programme!

The purpose of this session is to provide an in-depth discussion about the role of decarbonised and renewable gas in the energy transition with a focus on European citizens and industry.

The session will explore how can industry decarbonise and what are the best pathways to achieve this in the most cost-effective way. It will also achieve a better understanding of the options for consumers to decarbonise heating and industry to decarbonise its energy use.

The focus is on providing answers to questions about what is possible in terms of renewable and decarbonised gas, and also what consumers and industries in Europe need.

The full recording of this webinar is available to view below.


Tuesday, 9 June 2020 | 09:30 – 11:00



Welcome by the moderator

Sonja van Renssen, Freelance Energy, Climate and Environment Journalist



Presentation of the preliminary findings of the DNV GL Study ‘A pathway to 2050’

Warner ten Kate, Senior Consultant, Markets and Transaction Advisory, DNV GL

09:45 Q&A with the audience on the study







Panel discussion on the need for renewable and decarbonised gases in European industry and for European consumers

Augustijn Van Haasteren, Team Leader, Sector Coupling, DG ENER

Andreas Graf, Project Manager EU Energy Policy, Agora Energiewende

Monique Goyens, Director General, BEUC

Benedikt Herges, Head of EU Government Affairs, Siemens Energy

Renaud Batier, Director General, Cerame-Unie

Esther Busscher, President, Liquid Gas Europe

Anastasios Perimenis, Carbon Capture & Utilisation Officer and Interim Secretary General, CO2 Value Europe

10:40 Q&A with the audience


Closing words

James Watson, Secretary General, Eurogas


Meet the speakers

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.


Andreas Graf is a Project Manager for EU Energy Policy and the Brussels Liaison for the Berlin-based energy transition think tank Agora Energiewende. In this role he helps to develop scientifically based and politically feasible recommendations for advancing the European energy transition, including through sectoral integration. Prior to joining Agora Energiewende, Andreas Graf was a Researcher at the environmental policy think-tank Ecologic Institute in Berlin supporting research projects and dialogue processes on German and EU energy policy, as well as a trainee in the European Commission and German Bundestag. Andreas Graf holds a Master in International Relations from the Freie Universität Berlin, the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, and the University of Potsdam.


As Director General of BEUC, Monique Goyens represents 45 independent national consumer associations in 32 European countries, acting as a strong consumer voice in Brussels, ensuring that consumer interests are given weight in the development of policies and raising the visibility and effectiveness of the consumer movement through lobbying EU institutions and media contacts.



Benedikt Herges has more than 10 years of working experience in political communications, mostly in Brussels. Benedikt started at Siemens four years ago, leading the energy and climate practice at EU level, before he became Head of the EU representation in September 2019. Since April 2020, Benedikt Heads the EU representation of the new energy company Siemens Energy. Before joining Siemens, Benedikt worked three years at the chemical company LANXESS and three years at the EU consultancy g+ europe. Benedikt Herges is a German national and is fluent in English and French and has a good knowledge of Slovak.


Renaud Batier has been working for Cerame-Unie, the European Ceramic Industry Association, since 2007, first as Senior Adviser and since 2008 as Director General. In 2002, he joined the Association of European Producers of Steel for Packaging (APEAL) as the EU Public Affairs Manager. Prior to this, he completed an internship at the European Commission in DG Trade (Anti-dumping) and worked in the field of Competition law with British law firm Hammond’s. He graduated in Law from the law faculty of Poitiers in France in 1997 and specialised in European Union Business Law at the Amsterdam Law School in 1997-1998. In addition to his role at Cerame-Unie, he is Secretary General of the World Ceramic Tiles Forum, Vice-Chair of industry alliance AEGIS Europe and member of the Board of A.SPIRE (Sustainable Process Industry through Resource and Energy Efficiency).


Esther Busscher is President of Liquid Gas Europe, the European LPG Association – consisting of national LPG associations, the main European LPG suppliers, distributors and equipment manufacturers. Mrs. Busscher is Head of Group Public Affairs at SHV Energy, a group of specialised energy companies providing people & businesses in rural off-grid areas with decentralised lower-carbon and cleaner energy solutions such as (bio)LPG. As a family owned company, SHV Energy is committed to working sustainably with communities, stakeholders and policymakers.



Anastasios Perimenis, holds a Chemical Engineering degree from the National Technical University of Athens, Greece, a M.Sc. in Environmental Engineering from the Hamburg University of Technology, Germany and a PhD in Bioengineering from Université catholique de Louvain, Belgium.

As the Carbon Capture and Utilisation (CCU) Officer, Anastasios oversees the development of pilot and demonstration projects for large scale deployment of CCU technologies and supports the Implementation Plan for CCUS within the SET-Plan.


Dr 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.


Speakers’ presentation: Esther Busscher (Liquid Gas Europe)


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