05 September The role of energy-infrastructure towards climate-neutrality by 2050

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Permanent Representation of the Netherlands at the EU

The Permanent Representation of the Netherlands to the EU, in cooperation with Gasunie and TenneT, is pleased to invite you to a high-level event on the role of infrastructure in the energy transition towards a carbon-neutral economy by 2050.

Momentum builds in Europe for a 2050 climate-neutrality goal, to which the Netherlands is highly committed. The energy sector plays a key role to meet this target. In order to ensure a climate-neutral energy supply that remains resilient, secure and safe, we need to undertake significant investments in our energy infrastructure. New technologies for sector coupling and sector integration and energy carriers such as clean hydrogen are key to securing a cost-effective energy transition towards a carbon-neutral economy. To reach this potential we must make use of the existing EU energy infrastructure, integrating different energy vectors in a seamless manner.

We will present takeaways from the Dutch Climate Agreement debate as well as from an analytical work on decarbonisation pathways carried out by Gasunie and TenneT, before discussing challenges and approaches to decarbonising of Europe’s energy system.


Welcome address

Maryem van den Heuvel, Ambassador of the Kingdom of the Netherlands to Belgium

Introductory remarks

Noé van Hulst, Hydrogen Envoy, Netherlands Ministry of Economic Affairs and Climate Policy

Keynote address

Florian Ermacora, Head of Unit, Wholesale markets; Electricity and Gas, DG ENER, European Commission


Outlook 2050

Han Fennema, CEO, Gasunie

Ben Voorhorst, COO, TenneT

Panel debate

Jutta Paulus, Member of the European Parliament, Greens/EFA

Maïder Feunteun, Green Hydrogen Business Development, Akuo Energy

Jorgo Chatzimarkakis, Secretary General, Hydrogen Europe

Bert den Ouden, Managing Director Energy & Sustainability, Berenschot

Moderated by Sasha Twining, BBC Global News