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Shifting Paradigms for Gas in the European Energy Transition Ifri Energy Breakfast Roundtables

2019 sets the stage for a reassessment of the role of natural gas in the European energy transition. The proposed coal phase out in Germany may foster its role in power generation. France has pledged to give biomethane a try while expecting a cost cut, and grid injection projects are booming in Italy or in the UK while the sector is already mature in Denmark. Hydrogen initiatives and Power-to-gas pilots are being launched and a few clusters for CO2 capture and reutilization have been granted the EU “Project of Common Interest” label. Lastly, the European Commission is preparing a new Gas package proposal where sector coupling should play a key role given growing electrification needs and the rise of renewables.

Ifri's Energy Breakfast will discuss these key developments shaping the future of the gas industry, and of the EU energy transition.

Introduction, Marc-Antoine Eyl-Mazzega, Director,Centre for Energy, Ifri 

  • Scaling up EU’s green gas potential for tomorrow’s energy systemMartin Jahan de Lestang, Managing Director of the Gas Chain Metier, Engie
  • Assessing EU's biomethane potential: learning from the Danish experience, Morten Johansen, Economist, Fremsyn
  • A new Green gas bonanza in Italy? Domenico Maggi, Head of EU Affairs, Snam
  • New rules for the internal gas market: Fostering sector coupling and decarbonized gas to enable the 2050 strategy? Bartek Gurba, Team Leader, DG Energy, Unit B2 – Wholesale markets; electricity & gas, European Commission
  • The European coal phase out and the implications for natural gas, Johannes Trüby, Director, Economic Advisory, Energy & Regulation, Deloitte


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For more information about the debate, please contact Cécile De Cordier: decordier@ifri.org

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