The key role of the gas infrastructure and the US and EU future perspectives

Methane emissions reduction is a crucial issue to address to reach a net-zero future by 2050 and to ensure that natural gas will continue playing a role in the future energy mix. As part of the EU Green Deal, the European Commission released its EU strategy to reduce CH4 emissions in October 2020, and legislative proposals will follow in 2021.

Gas infrastructure operators have been fostering CH4 emissions management and mitigation for many years, through mandatory and voluntary programmes. Over the years, they joined forces and developed numerous tools, technologies and best practice guides for this purpose.

Today, the improvement of the understanding of methane emissions and the technologies, both bottom-up or top-down, remains more than ever a top priority. Being committed to delivering decarbonisation objectives while strengthening the EU’s global leadership, the EU gas industry pursuits its efforts by taking stronger steps to reduce methane emissions along the entire gas value chain.

This 1-hour discussion, between Fiji George, Senior Director – Cheniere and Steven Hamburg, Chief Scientist – EDF, will shed lights on the innovative policies,  technologies, partnerships and best practices related to methane emissions from the natural gas sector and their  application in the US and the EU.

In cooperation with Gas Infrastructure Europe (GIE).




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The experts

Steven Hamburg

Steven P. Hamburg received his undergraduate degree from Vassar College and his MFS and PhD from Yale University in Ecosystem Ecology.  He was a post-doctoral fellow at Stanford University and a Bullard Fellow at Harvard University. Prior to joining EDF he spent 25 years on the faculties of Brown University and the University of Kansas where he served in numerous administrative positions in addition to his teaching and research. He has served as a lead author for the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change and was recognized as one of the scientists contributing to the award of the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize.  He has also been awarded the US Environmental Protection Agency Merit Award – region 1 twice. He has published more than 100 scholarly papers on biogeochemistry, climate change impacts on forests, carbon accounting and methane emissions.

In his role as chief scientist at the Environmental Defense Fund Steven Hamburg works to ensure that EDF’s advocacy is based on the best available science.  He currently coordinates studies on methane emissions from the global natural gas supply chain as Chief Scientific Officer of the International Methane Studies, which is part of the Climate and Clean Air Coalition/UN Environment.  He also co-chairs the Solar Radiation Management Governance Initiative (joint project of Royal Society, The World Academy of Science, EDF) and serves on the US National Academies of Science, Engineering and Medicine Division on Earth and Life Sciences Advisory Board as well as other university/government advisory boards.

Fiji George

Fiji George has more than 25 years of experience related to energy, environmental and sustainability issues spanning natural gas production, processing, transmission and LNG. His expertise focuses on identifying sustainable solutions for prudent development and use of natural gas in a low-carbon economy, including development of internal and external sustainability policies, programs and research.
Mr. George was a member of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine committee that published a detailed study on methane emissions. He is a co-author on multiple peer-reviewed scientific papers.
Prior to Cheniere, held technical and management corporate positions at Southwestern Energy, Shell Exploration & Production Company and El Paso Corporation and also with the consulting firms of ENSR and ERM-West. He holds a master’s in Civil (Environmental) Engineering from Texas A&M University and a bachelor’s in Mining Engineering from Anna University, India.

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Leon Stille

Leon Stille, General Manager EDI, has a background in Earth Sciences (BSc) and renewable energy technology (MSc) from the University of Utrecht. From the start of his career he has focused on conventional and renewable energy technology development and education. He has held commercial roles in several energy companies such as the Dutch gas grid operator Alliander and international oil & gas company Frames. Furthermore, he worked for Netherlands Organisation for applied scientific research (TNO) as business development manager dedicated to enabling and accelerating the energy transition. Leon holds two patents, is key lecturer renewable gas, expert speaker on energy transition topics and moderator of an energy series webinar.