On 8 November 2018, the European Autumn Gas Conference bestowed to the outgoing Eurogas Secretary General Beate Raabe the European regional award for ‘Outstanding contribution to the European natural gas industry 2018’.
Beate was nominated ‘for her work for the energy source of natural gas and her recent strong advocacy for green gas’. ‘I am very pleased and honoured about being presented with the award as an individual’, she says. ‘However, if there is any merit, it is simply my communication of the work accomplished within Eurogas where the members had the courage to take the bull of decarbonisation by the horns and come up with a strong long-term strategy for gas.’
“Gas is back – how did you do this?”, I have recently been asked. It is thanks to that unity that Eurogas has been able to be amongst the first to commission a study on the future role of gas (PRIMES scenario study), which outlines the merits of both natural and renewable gas, and has established the basic elements of a long-term strategy in its recent discussion paper for the gas package (2020).’
Eva Hennig (Thüga), Chair of the Eurogas Distribution System Operators Committee, accepted the award for Beate. Eva spoke about networks on behalf of Eurogas on a panel addressing ‘Green Gas Innovation’ at the conference this morning.
The European Autumn Gas Conference award follows a distinction that both Beate and her successor James Watson received in 2016 from EurActiv as no. 23 and 25 respectively amongst the 40 ‘most influential on EU Energy Union policy’ including high-level Commission officials, Heads of Government and Members of the European Parliament.