ENZA webinar: Industry contribution to 2040 targets strategy through reinforced sector integration

ENZA webinar: Industry contribution to 2040 targets strategy through reinforced sector integration

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ENZA webinar: Industry contribution to 2040 targets strategy through reinforced sector integration

Tuesday 14 May 2024, 14:30-15:45 CEST, Online

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The cooperation between all energy related sectors, from production to end-users, is crucial to reach climate neutrality in 2050 EU’s objectives as well as intermediary 2040 target.

The webinar “Industry contribution to 2040 targets strategy through reinforced sector integration” organised by ENZA on 14 May 2024 shed light on the benefits of a multi-energy and sector-integrated systems (combining power, heat and other fuels) to deliver a cost-efficient energy transition and accelerate the integration of renewables into our energy system.

The event also highlighted opportunities for European industries to mitigate their CO2 emissions and contribute to Europe’s net-zero emissions target.

This event was part of #EUSEW2024

Programme:

14:30 | Welcome  
Giulia Cancian, Chair of ENZA and Secretary General of the European Biogas Association
14:40 | Introduction
Ruud Kempener, Team Leader Industrial Decarbonisation, DG ENER, European Commission
14:50 | Panel discussion and Q&A
The panel will discuss the cooperation between all energy related sectors, from production to end-users to achieve the 2040 EU climate target
Boyana Achovski, Secretary General, Gas Infrastructure Europe
Antoine Hoxha, Director General, Fertilizers Europe
Pedro Dias, Policy Director, Solar Heat Europe
Frauke Thies, Executive Director, Agora Think Tanks
15:40 | Takeaways from the session and concluding remarks
Giulia Cancian, Chair of ENZA and Secretary General of the European Biogas Association
15:45 End
The webinar was moderated by Sonja Van Renssen, Former Editor in Chief, Energy Monitor
Speakers:
Ruud Kempener, Team Leader Industrial Decarbonisation, DG ENER, European Commission

Ruud Kempener is a team leader on industrial decarbonisation within the Directorate-General for Energy at the European Commission. Ruud joined the Commission in 2016 and has been responsible for the development of EU’s hydrogen policy, renewables financing, and international cooperation activities on renewables as well as a cabinet member for Commissioner Kadri Simson. Before that, Ruud was the Power Sector Transformation Strategies Analyst at International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) and he was responsible for the initial development of IRENA’s global renewable energy roadmap. From 2007 to 2011, Ruud spend two years as a Research Fellow at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government and two years as a postdoctoral fellow at the Science Policy Research Unit (SPRU) at the University of Sussex, UK. Ruud received his PhD in Chemical Engineering at the University of Sydney, Australia and an MSc in Technology & Society from Eindhoven University of Technology, the Netherlands.

Boyana Achovski, Secretary General, Gas Infrastructure Europe

Boyana Achovski has been the Secretary-General of GIE since 2016. Boyana started her European affairs career in the European Parliament in Brussels and led the Analysis and International Operations Division in Bulgartransgaz, later joining GIE in 2012 as the first secondment of the Bulgarian gas infrastructure operator to the European association. She also chaired the Steering Committee of GasNaturally twice, the coalition of Europe’s whole gas value chain.

Boyana graduated in International Economic Affairs, specializing in International Finance. She holds a master’s degree in finance and management of international Associations from the Solvay Brussels School. She also obtained a certificate in women’s leadership from the University of Oxford.

In 2023, Boyana won the award of the most influential Energy Women Leader of Central & Eastern Europe. Committed to advocating for greater gender equality and diversity in the energy transition, she is a Member of the Board of WiRA (Women in Renewables Alliance), a global network of professional women in the renewable energy sector and is part of WoNY, an alliance promoting gender diversity in the CEE-SEE region.

Antoine Hoxha, Director General, Fertilizers Europe

As Director General of Fertilizers Europe Antoine Hoxha brings the united voice of the fertilizer industry. Dr Hoxha joined Fertilizers Europe in 2010, where he has since played an instrumental role in advancing the industry’s goals. Prior to Fertilizers Europe, he spent eight years in the fertilizer industry, holding various positions in research and development as well as licensing. His expertise in these areas has provided him with valuable insights into the technological advancements and innovative approaches within the industry.

Antoine holds a PhD in Chemistry from the University of Liège as well as an Executive MBA from Louvain School of Management.

Pedro Dias, Policy Director, Solar Heat Europe
Pedro Dias is a passionate advocate for the decarbonisation of heating and cooling systems. As the former Secretary General of ESTIF and current Policy Director at Solar Heat Europe, he has been devoted to advancing the potential of solar thermal energy in Europe. With a background in gas retail and heating equipment commercialisation, among other experiences, Pedro brings a wealth of experience from both the non-governmental and private sectors. Holding a management degree, he combines his expertise with strategic thinking to drive collaboration towards a sustainable future, based on a multi-technology approach to the energy transition.
Frauke Thies, Executive Director, Agora Think Tanks

Since July 2022, Frauke Thies has been Executive Director of Agora Energiewende. Agora develops evidence-based and politically viable strategies to advance the goal of climate neutrality in Germany, Europe, and internationally. The Think Tank informs policymakers, economists, researchers, and civil society while encouraging a productive exchange of ideas.

Previously, Frauke was responsible for the climate portfolio of the Open Society Foundations in Europe. Prior to that, she worked in European associations for eight years, including as Executive Director of the European business association for digital and consumer-driven solutions for the energy transition, smartEn, from 2015 to 2020, and as Policy Director at SolarPower Europe from 2012 to 2015. Thies started her career at the environmental organisation Greenpeace, where she held various positions in EU energy policy, with secondments to the USA and India. Frauke holds a Master of Environmental Sciences from the University of Lüneburg and a Master of Business Administration from Vlerick Business School in Belgium.

Giulia Cancian, Chair of ENZA and Secretary General of the European Biogas Association

Giulia Cancian is the Secretary General at the European Biogas association. Before joining the EBA in 2022, Giulia led Bioenergy Europe’s advocacy strategy, coordinated the delivery of policy reports, and the organization of several working groups.  She gained experience on sustainability, energy and transports working with the biodiesel, non-ferrous metals and hydropower European trade associations in Brussels. Giulia holds a MA in International Relation from the University of Rome and a MSc in European Affairs from the Free University of Brussels.

We look forward to welcoming you to this webinar!

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Date And Time

14/05/24 h 14:30 to
14/05/24 h 15:45
 

Registration End Date

14/05/24
 

Location

Online Event

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