The future of gas in Europe
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This is a climate neutral event, as emissions caused by participants travel, venue use and catering will be offset via atmosfair.
After the adoption of the Clean Energy Package, the European Commission has begun preparatory work on the review of the internal gas market design. In parallel, the 4th PCIs list is under elaboration and will be published towards the end of 2019. However the Paris Agreement calls for a net-zero emissions society by the second half of the century at global level, meaning a net-zero carbon economy before 2050 in Europe. This implies a faster pace of decarbonisation in all sectors. The energy sector in particular should be leading the decarbonisation effort given the availability of technological solutions so that Europe moves towards a highly efficient, 100% renewable energy system. What could be the role of gas in this 2050 perspective? While natural fossil fuel gas should be phased-out, other gases emerge and are presented as renewable alternatives. Different terms are used to describe them – such as “green gas”, “decarbonised gas” or “renewable gas”. What are these gases? What are their potential, properties, costs and benefits? Are they compatible with a net-zero carbon emission society by 2050?
9:00 - 9:30 Registration
Interpretation will be provided in English , French and Dutch.
9:30 - 9:40
by Michèle Rivasi, member of the European Parliament
9:40 - 10:00
TOWARDS A REVISION OF THE INTERNAL GAS MARKET DESIGN?
by Florian Ermacora, European Commission, DG Energy, Head of Unit B2 Wholesale markets; electricity and gas
PANEL I - GAS IN EUROPE
Moderation by MEP Florent Marcellesi
10:00 - 10:10
NATURAL GAS AND CLIMATE COMMITMENTS, TWO IRRECONCILABLE ELEMENTS ?
by by Nicolas Berghmans, IDDRI
10:10 - 10:20
GAS DEMAND AND GAS INFRASTRUCTURE: A HISTORY OF OVER-ESTIMATION
by Frida Kieninger, Food and Water Watch
10:20 - 10:30
STRENGTHS AND WEAKNESSES OF THE GAS PCI-LIST
by Boyko Nitzov, Agency for the Cooperation of Energy Regulators
10:30 - 11:00
Q & A
PANEL II - HYDROGEN, BIOMETHANE, POWER TO X, SYNTHETIC FUELS... WHO ARE THESE NEWCOMERS?
Moderation by MEP Michèle Rivasi
11:30 - 11:40
RENEWABLE GASES AND SUSTAINABILITY
by Joseph Dutton, E3G
11:40 - 11:50
GAS INDUSTRY GOES GREEN: MYTH OR REALITY?
by James Watson, Eurogas
11:50 - 12:00
WHICH TECHNICAL AND ECONOMIC POTENTIAL OF RENEWABLE GAS?
by Chelsea Baldino, ICCT
12:00 - 12:45
Q & A
by MEP Tilly Metz