This summer, the European Commission released two impactful strategies on Hydrogen and Sector Integration, unveiling the decarbonisation potential of hydrogen, being easily stored and transported, molecules will be key in decarbonising our economy. 

As highlighted by – Executive Vice-President Frans Timmermans, the existing gas infrastructure represents a valuable asset for the development of the hydrogen value chain. It also offers a unique opportunity to maintain and expend Europe’s technological leadership. 

Today, the European Gas operators are taking action in developing multiple innovative technologies. They support the effort of the European Commission.  11 TSOs developed the European Hydrogen Backbone (EHB) a project connecting initial hydrogen clusters across the EU.

ENTSOG recently published a 2050 Roadmap Action Plan, which considers market and technical perspectives on hydrogen and low carbon gases and outlines the actions needed to ensure that gas grids  are enablers and integrators of the future energy system. 

Our speakers: Niko Bosnjak (ONTRAS) will present the EHB plan and the upcoming steps, Sara Piskor (ENTSOG) and Roxana Caliminte (GIE) will share lights on the role of the EU gas infrastructure in upscaling hydrogen technologies via transmission, storages and LNG Terminals.

In cooperation with Gas Infrastructure Europe (GIE) and European Network of Transmission System Operators for Gas (ENTSOG).




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The experts

Niko Bosnjak

From 2012 Legislative and Political Advisor for two Members of German Federal Parliament (Bundestag). from 2017 Energy Policy Manager, then from 2018 Head of Regulatory and Public Affairs at ONTRAS Gastransport GmbH. Since 2021 Head of Communications and Policy at OGE.

He holds B.A. Governmental Studies (University of Erfurt, Universidad de Alcalá, Hong Kong Baptist University), M.Sc. History of International Relations (London School of Economics), Dr. iur. European Climate Change Law (University of Erfurt).

 

Sara Piskor

Sara is Director, Strategy, Policy and Communication at ENTSOG. After studying European Affairs and European Law at Warsaw University and at Universite Libre de Bruxelles, Sara has worked as a Communication and Regulatory Affairs Specialist for Polish Oil and Gas Company where she was responsible for the works of the company’s Brussels Representative Office. In 2009 she was seconded to the International Energy Agency and worked as a gas market analyst, contributing to the IEA’s Gas Market Review and World Energy Outlook.
Sara has joined GAZ-SYSTEM S.A. in 2012 where she held the position as Communication Senior Specialist and then as Manager responsible for contacts with ACER for REMIT implementation. She was involved in the communications with the stakeholders on the Network Codes implementation and PCI process in Poland.

Sara joined ENTSOG in January 2017, where her role is to monitor regulatory and policy developments and lead the communications with ENTSOG’s key stakeholders.

Roxana Caliminte

Roxana is the Deputy Secretary General of GIE, a position she’s held since 2017. GIE is the voice of the European gas infrastructure operators, including gas pipelines, storages and LNG regasification terminals, and it has 70 members from 26 European countries. Prior to joining GIE, she worked for the Romanian gas transmission operator Transgaz, where she was responsible for the company’s engagement with EU and governmental bodies. Roxana holds a Master’s Degree in Business in German language from Bucharest Academy of Economic Studies, with exchange semesters in Germany and Russia. Since 2020, Roxana is assisting EU-Russia Energy Relations.

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.