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Berlin Discussion Forum

Transition from Gas Markets to Hydrogen Markets

Over the summer, the transition to hydrogen gained further momentum. The direction of travel has become clearer with the approval of the EU Delegated Acts on Renewable Hydrogen in June, and Germany announcing its new National Hydrogen Strategy in July. In the last week of September, the European Commission, EU member states and the private sector discussed auctions for imports of renewable hydrogen to the EU, including using the H2Global mechanism. On 23 November 2023, the EU Hydrogen Bank is conducting its first pilot auction for EU-domestic renewable hydrogen production, and a second auction will follow in Spring 2024 as announced by European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen at the European Hydrogen Week in Brussels.

Join us on Tuesday 28 November 2023 at the Berlin Discussion Forum to explore the topical issues facing the journey to successfully achieving decarbonisation through hydrogen adoption and implementation.

The speakers will discuss questions including:

  • How can the supply and demand for gas be managed this coming winter?
  • What does it take to transition to hydrogen? Considerations include transport and storage, import strategies, and auctions for import and offtake.
  • Which markets are emerging for hydrogen, and how may regional clusters, for hydrogen and its derivatives, develop over the next few years?
  • How can the transition be accelerated, through regulation, law and economics, and support schemes for renewable hydrogen?
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10:30 – Doors open, welcome coffee

11:00 – Welcome & Introduction
Bastian Gottschling (Oxera, Partner)

11:05 – 11:30 – Gas markets
European gas markets: the impact of the shift from pipeline to LNG
Dr. Heiko Lohmann (Gasmarkt Deutschland, Journalist)

11:30 – 12:20 – Transport & Storage: Transition from gas to hydrogen
GASCADE pipeline projects for the future of the energy market, or how the transition to LNG and hydrogen will work
Dennis Wehmeyer (GASCADE, Head of Hydrogen & Sustainability)

Hydrogen storage: how to move from underground potential to commercial projects?
Catherine Gras (Storengy Deutschland and Storengy UK, Non-executive Director)

Moderator: Sir Philip Lowe (Oxera, Partner)

12:20 – 13:00 – How law and economics contribute to the transition
Anja Ipp (Climate Change Counsel, Co-Founder)
Silke Justen (Busse Disputes, Partner)
Sahar Shamsi (Oxera, Partner)

Moderator: Bastian Gottschling (Oxera, Partner)

13:00 – 14:00 – Lunch break

14:00 – 15:20 – Hydrogen market ramp-up – which markets are emerging for hydrogen and its derivatives
Christian Sander (RWE Generation, Head of Hydrogen Commercial Project Development)
Timo Bollerhey (H2Global, CEO Hintco)
Ferdinand Rammrath (Covestro, Chief Procurement Officer)
Christian Sander (RWE Generation, Head of Hydrogen Commercial Project Development)
Henning Weege (thyssenkrupp Steel Europe, Head of Hydrogen and Green Energy)
Nikolaus Widmann (TES-H2, Head of Commercial and Origination)

Moderator: Bastian Gottschling (Oxera, Partner)

15:20 – 15:45 – Coffee break

15:45 – 16:45 – Deep dive sessions

1. Breakout: Status of regulatory framework, and what’s next?

Eva Haupt (Federal Network Agency, Head of Section Gas Transmission Networks)
Dr. Stefan Schröder (Hogan Lovells, Partner and Head of Energy Transition)
Carlotta von Bebenburg (Oxera, Senior Consultant)

2. Breakout: Support schemes for renewable hydrogen

Anna von Bremen (Osborne Clarke, Partner)
Katja Mattner (Sunfire, Head of Grants and Subsidies)
Dr. Philipp Schliffke (Oxera, Partner)

17:00 – Concluding remarks, networking and drinks

If you have any questions please contact [email protected], the team will be happy to help.

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Event Details
28 Nov 2023 (10:30 CEST) to (17:00 CEST)


Hotel Adlon Kempinski Berlin
Unter den Linden 77
Guest speakers

Timo Bollerhey
H2Global, CEO Hintco

Anna von Bremen
Partner, Osborne Clarke

Catherine Gras
Non-executive Director of Storengy Deutschland and Storengy UK

Eva Haupt
Head of Section Gas Transmission Networks at the Federal Network Agency

Anja Ipp
Co-Founder of Climate Change Counsel

Silke Justen
Partner at Busse Disputes

Dr. Heiko Lohmann
Journalist at Gasmarkt Deutschland

Katja Mattner
Head of Grants and Subsidies at Sunfire

Ferdinand Rammrath
Chief Procurement Officer at Covestro

Christian Sander
Head of Hydrogen Commercial Project Development, RWE Generation

Dr. Stefan Schröder
Partner and Head of Energy Transition at Hogan Lovells

Henning Weege
Head of Hydrogen & Green Energy at thyssenkrupp Steel Europe

Dennis Wehmeyer
Head of Hydrogen & Sustainability at GASCADE

Nikolaus Widmann
Head of Commercial and Origination at TES-H2