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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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