Methane Emissions Mitigation Along Gas Value Chain

Methane Emissions Mitigation Along the Gas Value Chain – The Road Ahead For a Sustainable Future

TIME: 5 November 2019, 14:00-16:00
Venue: SALLE 6Q1, European Parliament


The Governance Regulation calls on the Commission to consider policy options for addressing methane emissions and to put forward a Union strategic plan for methane. The topic of methane emissions is also addressed under the strategy ‘A Clean Planet for all’. During the Gas Forum held in 2019 in Madrid, GIE (Gas Infrastructure Europe) and MARCOGAZ presented the findings of a co-lead report on the way the gas industry can contribute to the reduction of methane emissions. Several other initiatives and studies have been undertaken to better understand the scale of methane emissions, potential sources and opportunities for reductions. However, the work remains to be done to better measure and quantify the losses in the gas value chain, standardize methodologies and improve transparency. Speakers from the academia, industry, the EU institutions, regulators and NGOs will jointly discuss with the audience the efforts and activities related to managing methane emissions from the gas sector. This event will be an opportunity to exchange information and compare different approaches, and to discuss the future role of gas in a decarbonized energy mix.


START: 14:00

Opening remarks by the host (10 minutes)
Adina Ioana Vălean, Chair, ITRE Committee

Introduction (5 minutes)
Boyana Achovski, Secretary General of GIE, Chair of GasNaturally’s Steering Committee

EU Methane Strategy (15 minutes)
Monika Zsigri, DG Energy

Overview on the report “Potential ways the gas industry can contribute to the reduction of methane emissions” and way forward (20 minutes)

Francisco de la Flor, Member of the Board of GIE and MARCOGAZ
Jos Dehaeseleer, Secretary General of MARCOGAZ

14:50 Panel debate (45 minutes)
Moderator : Andris Piebalgs, Florence School of Regulation –

Paul Balcombe, Sustainable Gas Institute
Stefan Schwietzke, Environmental Defense Fund
Eva Henning, Thüga, Eurogas DSO Committee Chair
Rosanna Fusco, Oil and Gas Climate Initiative
Manfredi Caltagirone, UNEP

Q&A (15 minutes)

Closing remarks: Andris Piebalgs, Florence School of Regulation (10 minutes)

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