Ensuring the effective integration of hydrogen within the EU's energy system
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In December 2021, the European Commission published the Hydrogen and Decarbonised Gas Market Package with the aim to decarbonise the EU gas market by facilitating the uptake of renewable and low-carbon gases, including hydrogen, and to ensure energy security for EU citizens.
One of the main aims of the new legislative proposals is to establish a market for hydrogen, create the right environment for investment, and enable the development of dedicated infrastructure, including for trade with third countries.
A new governance structure in the form of the European Network of Network Operators for Hydrogen (ENNOH) will be created to promote a dedicated hydrogen infrastructure, cross-border coordination and interconnector network construction, and elaborate on specific technical rules.
The new legislative proposals follow from the strategic vision set out in the EU Strategy for Energy System Integration, the EU Hydrogen Strategy and the EU Methane Strategy.
Join this EURACTIV Virtual Conference to discuss the EU's shift from natural gas to renewable and low-carbon gases, including hydrogen. Questions to be discussed include:
-Will the new legislative proposals be enough to decarbonise Europe’s gas supply, and help the EU reach its 2030 and 2050 targets?
-How can the EU ensure effective integration of hydrogen within its energy system?
Catharina Sikow-Magny, Director, Green Transition and Energy System Integration, DG ENER, European Commission
Jerzy Buzek MEP, Member of ITRE, European Parliament
Raphael Hanoteaux, Senior Policy Advisor, E3G
Alan Croes, Member of the ENTSO-E System Development Committee and Convenor of the Scenario Building Steering Group, ENTSO-E
Piotr Kus, General Director, ENTSOG
Frédéric Simon, Journalist, EURACTIV
09:30 - 09:35 Welcome
09:35 - 09:50 Panellist statements
09:50 - 10:40 Discussion and Q&A
10:40 - 10:45 Closing statements
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