Sectoral integration: shaping EU’s climate-neutral future

THIS SESSION FOCUSES ON:

  • the increasing need for the electricity and gas networks to work together, in a hybrid system, with the objective of decarbonising the economy in a manner that is smart, sustainable and cost effective.
  • the potential of renewable fuels, renewable gases and feedstocks in the EU energy mix in 2050, including their use, e.g. in power generation.
  • how the current European regulatory framework affects renewable fuels, renewable gases and feedstocks contribution to a successful energy transition
  • crucial principles and standards of a market-based regulatory framework that is needed to achieve long-term planning stability and to ensure level playing field and technological openness, as well as alignment of political measures towards the overall goal of greenhouse gas reduction
  • how all sectors are ready to contribute to the EUs climate neutrality objective and how the gas sector overall and the gas turbines industry are keen to realise it.

 

WHO WE ARE EXPECTING :

The targetted audience includes European Commission officials, Member States representatives as well as stakeholders from industry, research institutes and consumers. 

WE WILL ANSWER THE FOLLOWING QUESTIONS :

  1. What are the benefits (costs, CO2 reductions…) of a hybrid energy system that maximises the synergies between the power and gas infrastructures vs. a full electrified system?
  2. What is the potential for renewable fuels, renewable gases and feedstocks?
  3. What are the challenges, obstacles and solutions introducing renewable fuels and renewable gases into the grid?
  4. What is the necessary framework to stimulate investment, market creation and technology development?
  5. Where can renewable fuels and renewable gases be used? How much of them are needed to achieve the 2050 climate targets?
  6. Does it make sense to use renewable gas in power generation?
  7. How can renewable gases contribute to the 2030 renewable targets of Member States?

 

LIVING THE MOMENTUM OF THE TOPIC:  

  • The recent Long-Term Decarbonisation Strategy communication on “Clean Planet for All”.
  • The publication of the Commission’s study on sector coupling as well as last year’s (2018) study on the role of gas infrastructure in 2050.
  • The preparatory work being done for the 4th Gas Package.
  • The need to reduce reliance on fossil fuel and the evolving role of gas infrastructure operators.
  • Opportunity to inform Member States of the current status of technology and possibilities, in relation to the national energy and climate plans that are expected as a result of EU Governance Regulation.
  • Current studies show that in addition to further improving energy efficiency and increasing direct use of renewable energies, large volumes of renewable fuels and gases will be needed to facilitate energy supply with sustainable, low emission fuels already within the next decade.

Speakers

Secretary General
Gas Infrastructure Europe
Secretary General
EUTurbines
CEO
WindEurope
Director General
Fuels Europe
Secretary General
Eurogas
Secretary General
HydrogenEurope
Chief Executive
DENA - German Energy Agency
Senior Expert
DG ENER, European Commission