4th Member States' Gas Forum - Gas for Europe: Building the Energy Union and Reducing Emissions

23 June 2015 (Renaissance Hotel, Brussels)

Energy Security is at the core of the Energy Union project. Gas can help achieve the ambitious programme set out by the European Commission, diversifying supplies and setting the basis for a truly integrated energy market. Industry experts, academics and policymakers will explain how this is made possible.

As discussions have started on the reform of the power market design, GasNaturally will also present very concrete forms of cooperation between gas and renewables, showcasing their interactions and subsequent benefits for our energy system. Our event will also provide a platform to discuss the outlook for the global climate negotiations to take place at the end of the year.

The Member States Gas Forum aims to generate discussions amongst Member States representatives and invite them to share their Governments’ views on the EU energy policy outlook and their own energy choices with the European Commission and the wider energy stakeholder community.

Our event is proud to be part of EU Energy Days

Find out more on the EUSEW website here






13:30– 14:00

Registration and coffee

14:00– 14:05

Welcome remarks by François-Régis Mouton, Chairman, GasNaturally


14:05 – 15:45

Panel 1: The Energy Union: Joining forces for energy security

14:05 – 14:15

Opening keynote speech by Jacek Truszczynski of the incoming Luxemburgish Presidency of the Council of the EU

14:15 – 15:15

Panel discussion: Moderator: Hughes Belin, Energy Post

  • Introduction to security of gas supply, with a global perspective: Eirik Wærness, Chief Economist of Statoil 
  • A view on the diversification of gas supply, including indigenous production: Marco Alvera, Chief Retail Market Gas & Power Officer, ENI (presentation here)
  • IEA Mid-Term Gas Report 2015: Costanza Jacazio, Senior Gas Expert, IEA (presentation here)
  • Overview of Energy Union measures of relevance to gas: Stefan Moser,Head of Unit B4: Security of Supply, DG Energy (presentation here)

15:15 – 15:45

Q&A Session

Response from Martin Pitorak of the Permanent Representation of Slovak Republic and Herberk Krajenbrink, Permanent Representation of the Netherlands to the EU


15:45 – 16:15

Coffee Break


16:15 – 18:00

Panel 2: Gas + Renewables, a winning partnership to reach global climate goals

16:15– 16:30

Opening keynote speech by David Carroll, incoming President of International Gas Union, “On the road to COP21: Gas and RES to help us reach global climate objectives” (presentation here)

16:30 – 17:30

Panel discussion: Moderator: Sanjeev Kumar 

Presentation of 2-3 case studies on how gas and renewables cooperate already at national or local levels

  • The production of green hydrogen from excess renewable power : Gaëlle Hotellier, EVP Hydrogen Solutions, Siemens 
  • Interaction of gas and renewables on the EU power market: James Watson, CEO of SolarPower Europe (presentation here)
  • Gas and renewables in practice: the GE hybrid power pland: Simone Hessel, Strategic Marketing & Commercial Growth Leader, GE Europe (presentation here)
  • The view from the gas industry: Malcolm Rice-Jones, Chair of the Power Generation Taskforce, GasNaturally

17:30 – 18:00

Q&A Session

Responses from Kristina Haverkamp of the Permanent Representation of Germany

Closing remarks by François-Régis Mouton, Chairman of GasNaturally



Closing remarks by Dominique Ristori, Director-General of DG Energy, European Commission 


Networking Drinks


Gas Forum 2015