Let’s Meet! Online event ‘Industrial Strategies for Climate Leadership’

Let’s Meet! Online event ‘Industrial Strategies for Climate Leadership’

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This online event on Industrial Strategies for Climate Leadership will look to address the newly released Commission’s Industrial Strategy for Europe, the European Parliament’s views and what cutting edge technologies the gas industry can put forward to support achieving the goal of carbon-neutrality in 2050.

A full recording of the webinar is available below for those who were unable to attend.

The online event will run from 09:15 to 10:30 (CET)

Moderation by James Watson, Secretary General of Eurogas

Presentation by Mark Nicklas, Head of Unit Industrial Strategy and Value Chains, DG GROW


Views by

Christophe Grudler, MEP in ITRE and shadow rapporteur on the INI report on the Industrial Strategy

Marcus Newborough, Development Director, ITM Power

Marko Vainikka, Director Corporate Relations and Sustainability, Wärtsilä



Registration is closed, we hope you have enjoyed our online event. 


Meet the speakers:

Mark Nicklas is the Head of Unit “Industrial Strategy and Value Chains” in the European Commission’s DG Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs (DG GROW). His unit plays a leading role for the development and implementation of the EU industrial strategy. The objective is to facilitate the green and digital transformation with a globally competitive EU industry, driven by innovation. In particular, his unit is managing the EU Industry Days and the Strategic Forum on Important Projects of Common European Interest and has managed the Industry 2030 roundtable. From 2012 to 2016, he was Deputy Head of Unit Innovation Policy for Growth. Before that, he was closely involved in the European enterprise and industry policy as the Assistant to the European SME Envoy and Director-General for Enterprise and Industry. Previously, he spent several years in the European Commission’s transport policy department. Prior to joining the European Commission in 2003, he held various posts in the telecommunications industry in Germany. Mark holds a Ph.D. in economics.


Christophe Grudler is a French MEP of the Renew Europe group. His background is as a historian and a journalist, he very quickly became involved in politics in his home town Belfort, notably as a local elected representative. At the European Parliament, he is vice-coordinator of the Industry, Research and Energy Committee (ITRE) and member of the Foreign Affairs (AFET) and Security and Defence (SEDE) Committees. Very involved on the topics of industry, energy, space and defence, he was appointed shadow of the Renew Group for the future industrial strategy of the EU and on the future space programme. He is also VP of the Sky & Space Intergroup.


Dr Marcus Newborough is Development Director of ITM Power, a manufacturer of PEM electrolysers. Previously he was Professor of Energy Systems at Cranfield and Heriot-Watt Universities. He has over 30 years experience in energy research, and has published over 100 scientific papers. In recent years he has been heavily involved in the development of power-to-gas systems, in the UK and French H2Mobility initiatives, and as Chair of the Technical Committees of Hydrogen Europe.



Marko Vainikka has a Master of Science degree in Engineering from Lappeenranta University of Technology (1996) in Finland. Marko has been working within different development and managerial positions in Wärtsilä since 1996. In his current position, Marko is heading the Corporate Relations and Sustainability function in Wärtsilä. He has been developing and co-ordinating Wärtsilä’s influencing work since 2011. He is a member of European Sustainable Shipping Forum.


Speakers’ presentation: Marko Vainikka (Wärtsilä)