IBC “Energy” Working Committee wraps up a successful year-end online meeting, sets up goals for next year

The first online meeting of the Energy Working Committee was held on December 2, 2020 and was dedicated to the topic: “Decarbonization of Natural Gas and Hydrogen economy in Germany and Europe?”. The meeting was attended by 60 virtual guests from more than 10 countries of the world, including Germany, Russia, the Netherlands, Norway and Japan.

The online conference was opened and successfully moderated by the Chairman of the Energy Working Committee, Senior Vice President of Uniper Global Commodities SE, Mr. Uwe Fip.

The profound presentations related to the topic of decarbonization and hydrogen have been delivered by following six distinguished speakers:

  • David Burns, Vice President Global Clean Hydrogen, Linde AG
  • Christian Stuckmanm, Vice President Hydrogen, Uniper Hydrogen GmbH
  • Konstantin Romanov, Head of Division Ecology, PJSC Gazprom
  • Bjørn-Andreas Hugaas, Vice President, Eurasia Oil&Gas – Norway, DNVGL
  • Renė Schutte, Program Manager Hydrogen, Gasunie
  • Mikhail Korobitsyn, Technical Lead, Shell Russia

Attendees had a chance to learn from the invited speakers about different colors of hydrogen and what is Linde AG as a technology leader providing today; Uniper`s activities in the hydrogen business since 2013 and how the company sees the role of hydrogen in 2030; a Gazprom view on a large-scale production of low carbon hydrogen from natural gas; latest facts on challenges for transportation of hydrogen gas in existing carbon steel pipelines; different projects introduced in the Netherlands, a front runner in the European H2-business, to start the hydrogen economy as well as the information input from the Shell representative on how and in what way hydrogen will affect energy companies.

Mr. Fip summarized the meeting by stating that collaboration is a key to hydrogen success – an idea all six speakers addressed during their presentations. “The collaboration is crucial not only among us, but also with industry, government, customers and infrastructure providers”, concluded Mr. Fip.

By the end of the online session the online attendees have been invited to participate in the next meeting of the Energy Working Committee scheduled for the next spring. It was also announced that hydrogen will remain a trendy topic for the next coming years just as other usual topics: infrastructure and national gas markets.