European Gas Tech: Delivering on 2050

European Gas Tech: Delivering on 2050

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The 1st edition of the online Eurogas TECH Conference European Gas Tech: Delivering on 2050’  on 2 September 2021 (14:00-16:15 CET) will address how innovative renewable and decarbonised gas 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 innovation and clean tech industrial leadership.


The full video is available to view at the end of this page.




Welcome speech

Didier Holleaux, President of Eurogas





Keynote speeches

Rosalinde van der Vlies, Director DG Research, European Commission

Maria Spyraki, MEP, Member of the ITRE Committee, European Parliament (EPP, Greece)

Noé van Hulst, Hydrogen Advisor at International Energy Agency (IEA)






Panel 1 – Gas tech made in Europe

This session discusses how the EU’s leadership in renewable and decarbonised gas technologies can bring benefit to communities through the provision of high quality jobs, while meeting Europe’s energy and climate challenges.

Tomas Häyry, Mayor of Vaasa, Finland

Oliver Rein, Mayor of Breisach am Rhein, Süd Baden region, Germany

15:15 Coffee break







Panel 2 – Gas tech in action 

This session discusses the experience of the deployment of renewable and decarbonised gas technologies in the EU today and the barriers that should be addressed to increase their deployment in the next decade.

Kari Hietanen, Executive Vice President, Corporate Relations and Legal Affairs, Wärtsilä

Caroline Hillegeer, Chief Commercial Officer, ENGIE

Daniel Scheven, Managing Director & Co-Founder, AcrEnergy Ltd.

Raymond Schmid, VP Sales & Marketing (EMEA – Oceania), Nel Hydrogen

16:10 Concluding remarks
16:15 End

The conference is moderated by Sasha Twining, Journalist, radio & TV presenter


After graduating as an Engineer (Ecole Polytechnique and Ecole Nationale des Mines de Paris), Didier Holleaux started to work as an Engineer in the car-manufacturing and in the oil industry. He then made a career in the French Civil Service which led him to the position of head of the departmental staff (“Directeur de Cabinet”) of the Energy Minister (1992-1993).

Didier Holleaux joined Gaz de France (merged in GDF SUEZ in 2008 and renamed as ENGIE in 2015), in 1993. Since then, he held different managing positions in the transmission, distribution, and LNG businesses of the company. He also founded and managed the North Sea Exploration and Production (1997-2000) and managed the worldwide Exploration and Production of the group (2007-2015).

Since 1st of July 2015, he is Executive Vice President of ENGIE.  He is currently in charge of special projects particularly in the field of renewable gases and external representation.

Didier Holleaux is the President of Eurogas since June 2021.


Ms Rosalinde van der Vlies, is the Director of the Clean Planet Directorate in the European Commission’s, Directorate-General for Research and Innovation.
Before her appointment as Director, Ms van der Vlies was the Head of Coordination & Interinstitutional Relations Unit, and acting Head of Communication & Citizens Unit.
Previously she held positions in Directorate-General Environment, Directorate-General Justice and Home Affairs, and in the private office of Janez Potočnik, the European Commissioner for the environment.
Before joining the European Commission, she worked as a competition lawyer in an international law firm in Brussels and was a part-time teacher at the Catholic University in Brussels.



Maria Spyraki is awarded MEP of the year 2019 for Industry, Research, and Innovation. She is now serving her second mandate in the European Parliament with of Nea Demokratia party – European People’s Party (EPP), as a member of the Committees Industry, Research, and Energy (ITRE) and Environment, Public Health and Food Safety (ENVI). She is also co-chair of the Intergroup on Climate change, biodiversity and sustainable development and Vice-Chair at Delegation for relations with the People’s Republic of China.

During this mandate she has been the rapporteur on the Motion for Resolution on Chemicals Strategy for Sustainability. She was also the rapporteur of the report “Maximizing the energy efficiency of buildings” at ENVI Committee and the shadow rapporteur on behalf of EPP on “Energy Storage” report and on the Public Loan Facility in the Just Transition Mechanism at ITRE Committee. In addition, she is the Shadow Rapporteur on behalf of the EPP in ITRE on the Proposal for a Regulation concerning batteries and waste batteries, and she is the Rapporteur in the ENVI Committee on behalf of the European Parliament on the Methane Strategy file.

Maria Spyraki’s first degree is in Chemistry at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki. She has an MSc in Energy Law, Business, Regulation and Policy from International Hellenic University, Greece. She has worked for 22 years as a journalist, until 2014, when she was elected MEP. Moreover, she has attended three summer schools at the College of Europe, Bruge (Energy Union Summer School, Negotiations in practice and Intensive Seminar of the EU). Also, she has graduated from two e-learning programs from the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens on Crisis Management and the Financial Crisis of 2010.


Noé van Hulst is Chair of the International Partnership for Hydrogen and Fuel Cells in the Economy (IPHE), hydrogen advisor to IEA & Gasunie and a Senior Fellow at Clingendael International Energy Programme (CIEP). Prior to that, Mr van Hulst was the Hydrogen Envoy at the Ministry of Economic Affairs & Climate Policy in the Netherlands. Mr van Hulst was the Dutch Ambassador to the OECD from September 2013 to September 2018 and Chairman of the IEA Governing Board. From 2003 to 2007, he worked at the International Energy Agency (IEA) in Paris as Director of Long-Term Co-operation and Policy Analysis. He then became Secretary-General of the International Energy Forum (IEF) in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia from 2008 to 2011. He was Director of the Energy Academy Europe in 2012-2013. Before that, Mr van Hulst worked at the Free University in Amsterdam, the Social and Economic Council (SER) in The Hague and the Ministry of Economic Affairs from 1988, lastly as Director-General for Energy.


Tomas Häyry is Mayor of Vaasa since 2011 and working for the city since 2006.





Oliver Rein, Mayor of Breisach am Rhein since June 2006. 1st Deputy Mayor from May 2000 to 2006.





Kari Hietanen is Executive Vice President, Corporate Relations and Legal Affairs of Wärtsilä since 2012 and Company Secretary since 2002.





Caroline Hillegeer is Chief Commercial Officer of the Hydrogen Business Unit at ENGIE. In her role, she develops Green Hydrogen innovative solutions for early adopters large scale industrial customer around the world.

Prior to her current assignment Caroline was in charge of Business Development at ENGIE Fab the innovation factory of ENGIE. She developed disruptive large scale new businesses in an entrepreneurial fashion anticipating technologies of tomorrow. She also held different transformational roles in the Research and Technology Division as well as in Strategy for the International Business line. She also held different management positions in Marketing & Sales Division where she was instrumental for the transformation of the activities of Electrabel in Belgium and in Europe following the liberalization process.

Caroline holds a Master Degree of Business Administration and Technology from HEC Brussels (Belgium) complemented with management degrees from Universities around the world


Daniel Scheven co-founded AcrEnergy as a spin-out from agri-capital in 2011, to become one of the market-leading operators of biogas plants in the UK.

A civil engineer with specialization in environmental engineering, Daniel Scheven started off his career as an engineer before he went into private equity and venture capital for fourteen years taking on both executive roles within portfolio companies as well as working on the investment management side.

Companies he has worked for include one of Europe’s largest independent energy providers based on biogas and the Carbon Trust Investments, UK’s leading investor in renewable technology. Daniel’s experience comprises managing complex projects to successfully deliver on new business models, some of which he has developed himself.


Raymond Schmid has been passionate about the green hydrogen industry for the last 12 years, working on pilot plants in the early days up to multi-megawatt commercial projects. He has been delivering numerous projects targeting industrial applications, the whole PtX spectrum, the mobility sector, as well as contributing to different European funded projects.

He holds a MBA and a master degree in Renewable Energy completed with deep hands on expertise in water electrolysis and integrated hydrogen systems. He looks forward to share his passion about the smallest molecule on earth but with a gigantic potential to revolutionize and decarbonize our entire economy.