Let’s Meet! Online Event ‘The EU’s Renewable Ambitions: What role for Gas?’

Let’s Meet! Online Event ‘The EU’s Renewable Ambitions: What role for Gas?’

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The event ‘The EU’s Renewable Ambitions: What role for Gas?‘ will look to address the review of the Renewable Energy Directive. In particular, what role can renewable gas and hydrogen contribute to meeting the EU’s new higher renewable energy goals.

View below the full recording of this event.

The online event will run on 11 May 2021 from 09:30 to 10:30 (CET) (Zoom)

Welcome by the moderator

James Watson, Secretary General of Eurogas

Keynote speech

Antonio Lopez-Nicolas, Deputy Head of Unit Renewables and Energy System Integration Policy, European Commission

Panel discussion

Roxana Caliminte, Deputy Secretary General, GIE

Małgosia Rybak, Climate Change & Energy Director, CEPI

Geert Meulenbelt, Export Manager, DC Brain



The speakers

Roxana Caliminte is the Deputy Secretary General of Gas Infrastructure Europe (GIE), the association of the European gas infrastructure operators, including gas pipelines, storages and LNG regasification terminals. GIE has 70 members from 26 European countries. Prior to joining GIE, she worked in the Romanian Parliament as an advisor on economic and international relations and for the Romanian gas transmission operator Transgaz, where she was responsible for the company’s engagement with EU and governmental bodies. Roxana holds a Master’s Degree in Business Administration in German language from Bucharest Academy of Economic Studies, with exchange semesters in Germany and Russia. Since 2020, Roxana is assisting EU-Russia Energy Relations.


Małgosia Rybak joined the Cepi team, representing the European paper industry, as a Climate Change and Energy Director at the beginning of 2021. She is a dynamic public affairs professional with broad experience in energy, environment, and sustainability policy at the European level. In her new role, she brings substantial expertise to Cepi’s work on the upcoming “Fit for 55” legislative package and innovation for industrial transition under the European Green Deal. Before joining Cepi, Małgosia’s work focused on the climate framework at several European associations, a global consultancy, and in the environment policy section of the Permanent Representation of Poland to the EU.


Geert Meulenbelt is export manager for DCbrain, a Paris headquartered specialist in the design and optimization of digital network twins. With a 25-year long background in the software industry he is specifically focusing on business and partnership development within the European gas TSOs and DSOs.




Further reading to the panellists’ intervention:

  • DC Brain’ White Paper ‘Artificial intelligence for optimised gas blending’
  • Cepi’ Policy brief ‘Access to affordable low carbon energy: keeping the pulp and paper industry competitive in the energy transition’