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Charting pathways to net zero - what role for hydrogen?

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On July 7th, the Hydrogen4EU consortium organised the webinar “Charting pathways to enable net-zero, what role for Hydrogen?” based on the Hydrogen for Europe study published 4th of May, 2021. The event brought together a high level panel of Commission, Parliament, IEA and gas industry speakers, and developed around the technological pathways towards climate neutrality charted in the study, resulting in a lively debate on the need for a hydrogen market and what type of energy mix would best suit Europe’s needs towards 2050.

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Adina Vălean, Commissioner, DG Transport


Debate with representatives of the European Institutions and the hydrogen industry.

Confirmed panellists:

  • Cristian Bușoi, Member of EU Parliament, ITRE Chair 

  • Peter Handley, Head of Unit, DG Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs

  • Dawn Summers, President, GasNaturally

  • Johannes Trüby, Director, Economic Advisory, Deloitte | Project manager, Hydrogen for Europe

  • Noé van Hulst, Hydrogen advisor, International Energy Agency (IEA) 


Brian Maguire, Euractiv



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Adina Vălean

European Commissioner for Transport

Adina Vălean is the European Commissioner for Transport. Before taking office on December 1st 2019, she was a Member of the European Parliament for 12 years. As an MEP she served as the Chairwoman of ITRE Committee (July-December 2019), Chairwoman of ENVI Committee (2017-2019) and as Vice-President of the European Parliament (2014-2017). She was also a Member of the Romanian Parliament between 2004-2007. Adina Vălean holds a Master degree in European Integration Studies and Security and a bachelor degree in Mathematics.


Cristian Bușoi

Member of EU Parliament, ITRE Chair 

Cristian-Silviu BUŞOI is a Member of the European Parliament and Chair of the Industry, Research and Energy Committee. He is also Member of the Delegation for Southeast Asia, as well as substitute Member of the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety (ENVI), Committee on Economic and Monetary Affairs (ECON) and the Delegation for the Arab Peninsula.
Mr. Busoi graduated Medicine from Carol Davila University in Bucharest, Law from Titu Maiorescu University in Bucharest, and Diplomacy from the Romanian Diplomatic Institute in Bucharest. His political career started in 1996 when, as a student, he became member of the National Liberal Party. Eight years later, he entered the Romanian Parliament and, in 2013, became President of the Romanian National Health Insurance House. Since 2007, he has been elected to the European Parliament for three consecutive terms.

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Peter Handley

Head of Unit, DG GROW, European Commission

Peter Handley is, since September 2017, Head of the Energy-Intensive Industries and Raw Materials Unit in the European Commission's Directorate-General for Growth. He was previously Head of the Resource Efficiency Unit at the Secretariat-General, where he was responsible for coordination of Energy Union, 2030 climate and energy package, ow emission mobility strategy and the circular economy.


Dawn Summers

President of GasNaturally

Since January 2021, Dawn Summers is President of IOGP’s European Board and Chair of GasNaturally. She has been the COO of Wintershall Dea since 1 June 2020 and is responsible for Europe, Middle East and North Africa. Dawn Summers has more than 25 years of extensive international experience in the gas and oil industry and has worked for BP, Genel Energy, Origin Energy, and Beach Energy, among others. For the last two years, Dawn has served as Chief Operating Officer of the Australian oil and gas producer Beach Energy. Prior to that she was Chief Operating Officer responsible for the integrated gas division of the Australian company Origin Energy from 2016 to 2018 and Head of HSE, Operations and Developments at Genel Energy from 2013 to 2015.

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Johannes Trüby

Director, Economic Advisory, Deloitte

Johannes is a director in the Economic Advisory practice of Deloitte France. He is responsible for economic analyses and modelling of the energy sector. Before joining Deloitte, Johannes held positions at the International Energy Agency, where, in his last role, he led the forecasting of gas market trends for the World Energy Outlook and at EWI, an energy consulting firm, where he advised, among others, the German government on the nuclear phase out and the implementation of the energy transition. He holds a PhD in energy modelling from the University of Cologne.


Noé van Hulst

Hydrogen advisor to the International Energy Agency

Noé van Hulst is Chair of the International Partnership for Hydrogen and Fuel Cells in the Economy (IPHE), hydrogen advisor to IEA & Gasunie and a Senior Fellow at Clingendael International Energy Programme (CIEP). Prior to that, Mr van Hulst was the Hydrogen Envoy at the Ministry of Economic Affairs & Climate Policy in the Netherlands. Mr van Hulst was the Dutch Ambassador to the OECD from September 2013 to September 2018 and Chairman of the IEA Governing Board. From 2003 to 2007, he worked at the International Energy Agency (IEA) in Paris as Director of Long-Term Co-operation and Policy Analysis. He then became Secretary-General of the International Energy Forum (IEF) in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia from 2008 to 2011. He was Director of the Energy Academy Europe in 2012-2013. Before that, Mr van Hulst worked at the Free University in Amsterdam, the Social and Economic Council (SER) in The Hague and the Ministry of Economic Affairs from 1988, lastly as Director-General for Energy.