Let’s Meet! Moving forward with Gas Decarbonisation

Let’s Meet! Moving forward with Gas Decarbonisation

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This online Let’s Meet! event ‘Moving forward with Gas Decarbonisation‘ will look to address the revision of the EU rules on gas to ensure that the gas market framework is in line with the EU ambition to reach carbon neutrality by 2050.

The online event will run on 16 December 2021, from 09:30 to 10:30 (CET)

James Watson, Secretary General, Eurogas

Keynote speech
Catharina Sikow-Magny, Director, DG ENER, European Commission

Panel discussion
Kavita Ahluwalia, Chair of Eurogas Strategy Committee and VP/Head of Global Positioning, Uniper
Dagmar Droogsma, AVP, European Strategy & Engagement, Environmental Defense Fund Europe
Ass. Prof. Catherine Banet, University of Oslo and CERRE Research Fellow


Closing remarks
James Watson, Secretary General, Eurogas


Catharina Sikow-Magny joined the European Commission in 1997 and is currently the Director responsible for Green Transition and Energy System Integration in the Directorate General for Energy. Before that, she was the Head of Unit in charge of Consumers, Local Initiatives, Just Transition. Before that she was the Head of Unit responsible for Networks and Regional Initiatives. She has as well worked on international transport, trans-European network policy and financing, internalisation of external costs, and strategic policy research.

Before joining the Commission, Catharina Sikow-Magny was a team leader and chief economist in the private sector in Finland. She has also worked for the United Nations Development Programme in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. She holds a Master of Economics degree from the Aalto University, Finland.


Kavita Ahluwalia is in charge of corporate positioning and policy at Uniper. She previously headed the company’s Brussels office following several years as a policy adviser at E.ON before joining the spin-off company in 2016. Having previously worked for the likes of E3G and Burson-Marsteller (now Burson Cohn & Wolfe), as a Parliamentary Assistant to Avril Doyle MEP and within the European Commission in the then Climate Directorate of DG Environment (now DG CLIMA), Kavita is no stranger to European policy making.

Kavita holds an M.Econ.Sc. in European Economic and Public Affairs, as well as a Bachelor of Business and Legal Studies (BBLS) both from University College Dublin (UCD). During her studies she became interested in Environmental Law and Environmental Economics and wrote a minor dissertation on the potential of the EU Emissions Trading Scheme. A British and Irish National, born and raised in Germany, she is bilingual in German and English.


Dagmar Droogsma leads on EDF’s European Strategy and engagement agenda, drawing on her extensive career in climate and environment policy at the national, EU and UN levels. She works on growing EDF’s work in Europe drawing on a strong science and economics base, through expanding relationships with the European institutions and EU member states and building partnerships with other key EU stakeholders. She also leads on EDF’s EU Campaign to reduce methane emissions.



Catherine Banet (PhD) is Associate Professor at the Scandinavian Institute of Maritime Law, Head of the Department of Energy and Resources Law, University of Oslo, Norway. She specialises in energy law, environmental law, EU/EEA law, state aid law and law of the sea. Catherine has background from private law practice (Norway, France), the European Commission (DG ENV), U.S. diplomatic mission and academia. She is member of the Advisory Academic Group to the International Bar Association, Section for Energy, Environment and Natural Resources and Infrastructure Law (SEERIL), and Academic Fellow at the Center on Regulation in Europe (CERRE). She is the Chair of the Board of the Norwegian Energy Law Association. She has teaching and conducted legal research on hydrogen infrastructures and markets, notably as part of the ELEGANCY project (Enabling a low-carbon economy via hydrogen and CCS) and is now involved in the Device-project on value chains for CO2 storage and blue hydrogen in Europe.