This event ‘Do we need targets to decarbonise gas by 2030?‘ will look to address the 2030 EU-level targets and whether we need binding targets to lower the greenhouse gas intensity of gas consumed in Europe and increase the demand for renewable gas.
The online event will run on 22 June 2021 from 09:30 to 10:30 (CET) (Zoom)
Registration is open here
Welcome by the moderator
James Watson, Secretary General of Eurogas
Cristian-Silviu Buşoi, Member of the European Parliament (EPP, RO)
Alexandra Tudoroiu-Lakavičė, Head of Policy, COGEN Europe
Matthias Buck, Director of European Energy Policy, Agora Energiewende
Federica Sabbati, Secretary General, European Heating Association
Sean Ennis, CERRE Research Fellow, University of East Anglia
Matthias Buck directs the European energy policy work at Agora Energiewende with activities in Brussels, France, Poland, the Pentalateral Forum region, Bulgaria, Croatia, Greece, Romania, and the six Western Balkan countries.
Before joining Agora Energiewende in September 2015, Matthias Buck worked for more than ten years with the European Commission: in the Commission’s Directorate-General for Energy; as a Commission expert seconded to the German government advising on EU aspects of the German energy transition; as member of the cabinet of Janez Potočnik, former EU Commissioner for the environment; and as EU negotiator for multilateral and regional environmental and free trade agreements.
Matthias Buck is a fully qualified German lawyer and political scientist. He studied in Germany, Spain, the US, and the UK. Matthias is the author or editor of several books and has written numerous papers and book chapters. He was co-founder and a long-year editor of the Journal for European Environmental & Planning Law.
Federica Sabbati is Secretary General of the European Heating Industry (EHI www.ehi.eu), which brings together companies that are leaders in the production of efficient heating systems. EHI members cover 90% of the European market for all heating solutions from boilers to solar thermal systems, from heat pumps to fuel cells, from radiators to underfloor heating.
For today’s changing energy landscape, EHI members are innovating in hybrids, in green gases-ready and hydrogen heating appliances as well as in digital systems, to support an ever more integrated and renewables-based energy system.
Born in Trieste, Italy, Federica Sabbati has been working in an international political and business environment, in Brussels and London. Her previous responsibilities include being secretary general of the Liberal International and of the European Liberal Democrat and Reform party (now ALDE). Her business experience includes also working for the Coca-Cola Company Europe in public affairs, dealing, amongst others, with corporate social responsibility and environmental issues.
Federica holds a university degree in International Relations from the University of Trieste (Gorizia base), Italy, and a master’s Degree in Russian and Post-Soviet Studies from the London School of Economics and Political Science.
Sean Ennis is Director of the Centre for Competition Policy and a Professor of Competition Policy at Norwich Business School, University of East Anglia.
Previously, he was a Senior Economist in the Competition Division of the OECD. Prior to that, he has served as an Executive Director of the Competition Commission of Mauritius, as an Economist at the European Commission’s DG Competition and at the U.S. Department of Justice’s Antitrust Division.
Over the years, Mr Ennis has published research studies and reports published by economic journals and submitted to the European Parliament, the G20, the OECD and the World Bank. He has co-authored reports for regulatory and government agencies in Australia, Greece, Mexico, Romania, the United Kingdom and the United States.
He received a BA (Hons) in Economics from King’s College, Cambridge and a PhD in Economics from the University of California at Berkeley.