Opportunities for clean hydrogen to drive the sustainable recovery and
clean energy transitions in a post-COVID world

17th of September 2020 | 14:00 – 15:00

Event Overview

Clean hydrogen has the potential to become a cornerstone in the transition to a clean energy future. Hydrogen has a strong momentum and a growing number of governments and companies have adopted ambitious hydrogen strategies as part of their energy and sustainability efforts. Many governments have also included hydrogen in their economic recovery packages to boost economic growth and job creation.

The successful delivery of these plans requires strong collaboration and strategic international partnerships. Since its launch at CEM 10 a year ago, the CEM Hydrogen Initiative (H2I) has established itself as the platform where these partnerships among governments and industry can be realized. H2I global actions complement those already undertaken by other organisations such as IPHE, Mission Innovation, World Economic Forum, Hydrogen Council and the Hydrogen Energy Ministerial (HEM).

This event will bring together government and industry leaders to showcase how the strategic partnerships, enabled by H2I, can contribute to accelerate the deployment of hydrogen technologies as outlined in the Global Action Agenda on Hydrogen, while realising domestic hydrogen strategies. This event will be the start of a series of international hydrogen events, which highlight the essential role of hydrogen in the energy transitions under the context of post-COVID economic recovery, and which will culminate in the HEM in Japan in October 2020.

Speakers

Dr. Fatih Birol
Executive Director, International Energy Agency

Dr. Noé van Hulst
Chair-elect, International Partnership for Hydrogen and Fuel Cells in the Economy

Mr. Juan Carlos Jobet
Minister for Energy, Chile

Mr. Seamus O’Regan
Minister of Natural Resources, Canada

Mr. João Galamba
Deputy Minister and Secretary of State for Energy, Portugal

Ms. Elisabeth Winkelmeier-Becker
Parliamentary State Secretary at the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy, Germany

Dr. Tudor Constantinescu
Principal Adviser to the Director General for Energy, European Commission

Ms. Gwenaëlle Avice-Huet
Executive Vice President, Engie – Representing the Hydrogen Council

Mr. Stijn van Els
Director Commercial, Port of Rotterdam

Mr Roland Käppner
Executive Director Hydrogen, NEOM

Agenda

14.00

Opening remarks – The hydrogen momentum
Dr. Fatih Birol, Executive Director, International Energy Agency

14.10

International hydrogen partnerships: key themes for success
Dr. Noé van Hulst, Chair-elect, International Partnership for Hydrogen and Fuel Cells in the Economy

14.15

Government Actions
Mr. Juan Carlos Jobet, Minister for Energy, Chile; Mr. João Galamba, Deputy Minister and Secretary of State for Energy, Portugal; Ms. Elisabeth Winkelmeier-Becker, Parliamentary State Secretary at the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy, Germany; Dr. Tudor Constantinescu, Principal Adviser to the Director General for Energy, European Commission

14.40

Industry Leadership
Ms. Gwenaëlle Avice-Huet, Executive Vice President, Engie; Mr. Stijn van Els, Director Commercial, Port of Rotterdam; Mr Roland Käppner, Executive Director Hydrogen, NEOM

14.55

Role of CEM Hydrogen Initiative and Way forward
Mr. Seamus O’Regan, Minister of Natural Resources, Canada

15.00

Close of event
Dr. Fatih Birol, Executive Director, International Energy Agency

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