The live webinar took place in cooperation with Gas Infrastructure Europe.

With 1,200 terawatt hours (TWh) of existing capacity, underground gas storages across Europe provide the largest component of energy storage and, in doing so, ensure the sustained security of energy supply for the continent.

As providers of flexibility services, gas storages are well positioned to become an essential pillar of the future EU’s integrated energy system. With the increasing penetration of intermittent renewable energy sources into the electricity system, the need for seasonal storage becomes key to overcome risks such as curtailment in the event of surplus and disruption in the event of deficit.

During this webinar, MEP Maria Spyraki (EPP, Greece) will explore the storage potential in the EU. As a Shadow Rapporteur of a recent European Parliament’s report on energy storage, she will provide us with key highlights and explanations on why storage capacities are needed to guarantee the security of energy supply while reaching carbon neutrality by 2050.

Mr Ákos Kriston (CEO of Hungarian Gas Storage and Gas Storage Europe representative) will present the cross-sectoral benefits brought by the European gas storage facilities to the electricity system. He will also offer an overview of innovative projects and technologies currently developed by Storage System Operators (SSOs) across the European Union.​

Join this interactive session to discuss why underground gas storages are of prime importance in an integrated energy system.

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The experts

Maria Spyraki

Being a strong proponent of the circular economy and for tackling climate change through innovation, Maria Spyraki has been re-elected during the 2019 European Elections. She was appointed member of the Committees on Industry, Research and Energy (ITRE), on the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety (ENVI), and on Regional Development (REGI).

She serves as the co-chair of the European Parliament’s Delegation for relations with the People’s Republic of China and is a member of the Delegation to the EU-North Macedonia Joint Parliamentary Committee.

She studied Chemistry at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki and is about to complete a MSc in Energy Law, Business, Regulation, and Policy at the International Hellenic University.

Over the past five years, she attended the summer programs of the College of Europe in Bruges with a focus on EU Affairs, Effective Negotiations within the EU, and the EU Energy Union. Moreover, she was very active in the activities of the Political party Nea Demokratia, from September 2017 until March 2019, being a spokesperson and member of the Executive Board.

Ákos Kriston

Mr. Kriston has become CEO since 1 July 2020 and represents Gas Storage Europe (GSE).

He has been deputy CEO and a member of the Board of Directors of Hungarian Gas Storage since 1 Oct 2013.

Previously, he worked for MVM Hungarian Electicity Plc. among others as Head of Business Development. Before joining MVM Group Mr. Kriston worked in financial advisory and audit for almost 10 years at Deloitte and KPMG both in Hungary and in Germany.

Mr. Kriston holds an MSc. degree in Business Administration and graduated from Corvinus University, Budapest.

Lecturer Biogas

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.