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The energy transition with gases – creativity, collaboration and clear vision

The GIE Annual Conference 2019 today in Paris focuses on the value of gases in the decarbonisation of Europe’s energy and how collaboration is key to achieving Europe’s Energy Climate Goals.  

The success of a safe, affordable energy transition relies on collective efforts across all aspects of how we produce and use energy. The 17th GIE Annual Conference, held in Paris 13-14 June 2019, focuses on this through covering the role of gases in the decarbonisation of Europe’s energy and  collaboration between energy sectors.

Almost 470 delegates are meeting at the seventeenth GIE Annual Conference in Paris, gathering industry, policymakers, regulators, academia, financial investors, academics and other stakeholders.

Jean-Marc Leroy, President of GIE, in his opening speech, stated ‘Gases will shape the future of Europe’s energy, not only on their own but also in partnership with other energies.’ GIE is best positioned as the focal point to coordinate collaboration with other stakeholders.

Keynote speakers support the positive influence of collaboration. Jean-Francois Carenco, President of the French Regulatory Commission if Energy, noted that ‘the gas industry consitutes an important asset for Europe as a whole, defending the quality of service to consumers to provide cleaner, flexible, competitive energy for all people’. Dominque Ristori, Director general DG ENER, European Commission, confirmed his view that gases are important in the future and called for gas infrastructure operators to develop the energy transition in a less fragmented way.

Speakers at this year’s conference come from the wide rage of relevant industry organisations including the EU Commission, IEA, ENTSOs, consultanst (NOVE, E3G, Navigant, Artelys), other energy sector associations (Wind Europe, Hydrogen Europe, Eurelectric) and road and rail operators and the major gas operators in transmission, LNG and storage.

Day One focuses on global trends, the impending Gas Package 2020, coupling the gas and electricity networks, the circular economy, cross-sectorial flexibility and the role of gas in transportation, power and heating.

Day Two will cover success stories of women in energy and showcases current projects that reduce carbon from the energy cycle.

For more information about the conference and real-time information, please visit www.gie.eu and/or follow us on Twitter @GIEBrussels, #WeDeliverParis, #GIEAC2019.


Note to Editors

Gas Infrastructure Europe (GIE) is an association representing the interests of European natural gas infrastructure operators active in natural gas transmission, storage and LNG regasification. GIE is a trusted partner of European institutions, regulatory bodies and industry stakeholders. It is based in Brussels, the heart of European policymaking.

GIE currently represents 70 member companies from 26 countries. Its internal structure has three columns corresponding to the three types of infrastructure activities represented: GTE (Gas Transmission Europe), GSE (Gas Storage Europe) and GLE (Gas LNG Europe), all of which fall under the umbrella of GIE. This structure allows member companies to speak with one voice on infrastructure topics as well as to build positions on column-specific issues.

To find out more about GIE’s structure and activities, please visit our website at www.gie.eu.

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Gas Infrastructure Europe (GIE) members re-elect
Jean-Marc Leroy as the President

Paris, 13 June 2019


The General Assembly of Gas Infrastructure Europe (GIE) held today in Paris re-elected Jean-Marc Leroy GIE President for another term office. Jean-Marc Leroy has been member of the GIE Board since 2005 and served as GSE President from 2008 to 2012. He was first appointed GIE President in 2015.

Jean-Marc Leroy said: “Gas Infrastructure Europe has always been committed to developing a fruitful cooperation between EU policy makers and stakeholders. It is an extremely robust platform strengthening ties between infrastructure operators. I am deeply honoured to be entrusted with the Presidency of GIE for a third term and I will strive to further reinforce the association and will continue to develop a strong voice for gas while promoting the development of innovative solutions for succeeding the energy transition.”

Jean-Marc Leroy is Senior Vice Executive President for External Relations at ENGIE. Prior to that he served as Managing Director for Gas Chain at ENGIE and, before that, Chief Executive Officer of Storengy, the underground gas storage operator of ENGIE. He previously held several senior positions in the infrastructure business, including Vice President of Major Infrastructures Division, encompassing storage and LNG terminals. Jean-Marc Leroy is also President of the Supervisory Board of GRDF, the French distribution network operator.

GIE is the European association of gas infrastructure operators in the area of transmission, storage and LNG. Currently, it represents 70 member companies from 26 countries across Europe. GIE is committed to shaping and implementing a transparent, secure, sustainable and competitive gas market in Europe underpinned by a stable and predictable regulatory framework and a sound investment climate.

 

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Press Release
  24 April 2019

Gas Infrastructure Europe elects Fluxys' chief commercial officer, Arno Büx, as new President of Gas LNG Europe

Arno Büx

Gas Infrastructure Europe (GIE) has elected Arno Büx – Chief Commercial Officer at Fluxys – as the new President of the European LNG terminal operators. The General Assembly made up of gas transmission operators, storage system operators and LNG terminal operators appointed Büx for a 2-year term. 

Commenting on his appointment, Arno Büx said: “It is an honour for me to have been elected as Gas LNG Europe new President at this exciting time for LNG in Europe. The Commission`s new gas package is on its way and in 2020 the IMO regulation will come into force. LNG is a flexible and available source of energy, is a promising alternative fuel in heavy transport, can be synthesized from renewable sources worldwide and can hence contribute to the security of supply and a lower carbon future. We want to be part of the future and with LNG we can achieve this.” 

Arno Büx has been Chief Commercial Officer of Fluxys Group and Fluxys Belgium since autumn 2015. He oversees all commercial activities of Fluxys, both regulated and non-regulated as well as its business development in Europe. Büx holds degrees in Engineering and Business Administration. Before joining Fluxys, he has evolved within the ENGIE Group for 20 years, working in Belgium, France and Luxemburg but mostly contributing to the development of the Group’s energy activities in Germany. He held various executive and non-executive management positions in businesses targeting the B2B and B2C commodity markets as well as the gas midstream sector.

Jean-Marc Leroy, Gas Infrastructure Europe President, said: “We’re delighted to have Arno Büx as our new President for the European LNG terminal operators. Having one of Europe’s biggest gas infrastructure operators at the helm of LNG terminal operators, will certainly be a great asset to us. I’d also like to thank Wim Groenendijk for his excellent work over the past 4 years as GLE President. He has been a core voice in GIE Board and instrumental in driving forward GIE`s efforts on making the economic case for LNG terminal operators in Europe and beyond.”

Gas LNG Europe is further strengthened in its activities by the appointment of four Executive Committee members for a 2-year term and is pleased to welcome the following representatives: Jacques Rottenberg (Elengy, France), Francisco de la Flor (Enagas, Spain), Pieter van Aartsen (Gate terminal, the Netherlands) and Łukasz Trzeszczkowski (GAZ-SYSTEM, Poland). Arno Büx, Francisco de la Flor and Pieter van Aartsen are standing for the European LNG terminal operators in the GIE Board. 

Note to editors

Gas Infrastructure Europe (GIE) is an association representing the interests of gas infrastructure operators active in gas transmission, storage and LNG regasification. GIE is a trusted partner of European institutions, regulatory bodies and industry stakeholders. It is based in Brussels, the heart of European policymaking.

GIE currently represents 70 member companies from 26 countries. Its internal structure has three columns corresponding to the three types of infrastructure activities represented: GTE (Gas Transmission Europe), GSE (Gas Storage Europe) and GLE (Gas LNG Europe), all of which fall under the umbrella of GIE. This structure allows member companies to speak with one voice on infrastructure topics as well as to build positions on column-specific issues. To find out more about GIE’s structure and activities, please visit the website at www.gie.eu.

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Press Release   Brussels, 4 June 2019

GIE publishes the new LNG map and LNG database

The energy sector is on its way to a lower carbon energy future.

As the least emitting fossil fuel, natural gas is the suitable available choice, in particular for transportations (maritime and heavy road transport) and for balancing the electricity grid through the flexibility of the gas fired powerplants.

LNG, the liquified natural gas, is essential in helping clean energy transitions and the security of supply. Besides being a clean and reliable fuel, LNG has also the advantage of being transportable by sea, contributing to the security of supply and diversification of the supply sources.

The rapid growth of the LNG worldwide market is transforming how natural gas is transported and traded around the globe and in Europe which remains a key market.

GIE releases the LNG map and database 2019

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Over the last year, LNG receiving capacities continued to be developed. Beginning of 2019, operational regasification capacities are above 240 bcm/y in Europe (212 bcm/y in EU, that is almost 50% af EU gas demand), not to mention the capacities under construction (9 bcm/y in EU), nor the planned ones, some of which should be decided this year.

Covering the operational, under construction and planned LNG receiving terminals in Europe, along with the nearby liquefaction plants, the GIE LNG Map 2019 and associated database provide a compact updated overview of LNG infrastructure, being a reliable source of information for the LNG business and contributing to enhanced transparency of the gas market.

The map is available for download here. Printed versions of the map can be ordered online.

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Press Release
  7 February 2019

"Keeping the lights on - gas infrastructure to fuel power in Germany coal exit plans"

  • Gas will replace coal to fuel Germany’s power sector during coal exit
  • Gas infrastructure essential to deliver increased demand for gas
  • Sets the stage for more efficient power production and integration of renewable and decarbonised gases

On 26 January 2019, a commission appointed by the German government made a historic agreement that will influence the role of gases and the gas infrastructure in the international debate on climate change. The Commission for Growth, Structural Change and Employment (the “Coal Commission”) recommended to step out of power production from coal by 2038 and fill the resulting gap with predominantly natural gas. The interim steps of replacing coal generation capacities (lignite & hard coal) of 12.5 GW by 2022 and over 25 GW by 2030 were agreed. This in addition to the commitment of reducing a significant 9 GW of nuclear power by 2023.

Consequences for the natural gas industry are positive and far-reaching, not least that the decision relating to one of Europe’s largest energy markets will trigger a positive incentive for Europe’s gas transmission pipelines to meet increased demand. The newly appointed President of Gas Transmission Europe Harald Stindl, said, “The role and importance of gas transmission pipelines, but also LNG and storage facilities has been visibly strengthened as an effective energy transporter and provider of flexibility. Future European and national energy policy and regulatory initiatives should take account of this and provide for an attractive investment climate and operational conditions for the essential elements of the gas infrastructure – transmission, LNG and storage.”

To meet the commitment, available gas-fired power plants currently in stand-by mode will be reactivated and the approval process for new gas-fired power plants will be accelerated. Energy efficiency – with direct key impact on reducing emissions - will be improved as CHP units will be installed as part of the plant upgrades. In addition, existing gas power plants will be able to return to better profits margins due to more operational hours.

The former coal regions will receive €40Bn funding to build up high-technology centres for innovative energy solutions, resulting in new jobs and strong future for new gases. In addition, the Coal Commission also recommended that the system of fees and taxes in the energy sector should be revised in order to support the flexibility provided by Power to Gas, hydrogen and the storage of renewable energy as gas.

Over the last five years the German Gas & Water Association (DVGW) with the support of other German associations have promoted proactively to convince the German government and stakeholders that Gas Can Be Green and welcomed the Coal Commission recommending Power to Gas as being a “key technology” to enable sector coupling with electricity. DVGW CEO, Professor Gerald Linke commented, “Our hard work has paid off. However, we still have work to do to show the impact of this decision on reducing GHG emissions and how Gas Can Green whilst continuing to deliver reliable supplies for Germany’s continuing economic growth.”

Before this, natural gas was banished from the accepted toolbox of solutions for sustainable energy supply. However, thanks to the sustained efforts and investment into a number of methanisation and power-to-gas demonstrations, as well as verified studies showing that gas in all its forms (methane, biogas and hydrogen) is indispensable to achieving ambitious climate targets, the German associations have created the understanding that gases are part of the solution.

The next task for the gas industry is to work with the coal plants to meet the energy transition demands, prove the feasibility of further growth through the use of hydrogen and renewable and lower-carbon gases and expand the strategy of emission reduction into the transport and heating sectors.

Note to editors

Gas Infrastructure Europe (GIE) is an association representing the interests of gas infrastructure operators active in gas transmission, storage and LNG regasification. GIE is a trusted partner of European institutions, regulatory bodies and industry stakeholders. It is based in Brussels, the heart of European policymaking.

GIE currently represents 70 member companies from 26 countries. Its internal structure has three columns corresponding to the three types of infrastructure activities represented: GTE (Gas Transmission Europe), GSE (Gas Storage Europe) and GLE (Gas LNG Europe), all of which fall under the umbrella of GIE. This structure allows member companies to speak with one voice on infrastructure topics as well as to build positions on column-specific issues. To find out more about GIE’s structure and activities, please visit the website at www.gie.eu.

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