Blending the Truth: What role for hydrogen in Europe’s gas grid?

On January 27, the European Climate Foundation will launch ‘Limitations of Blending in the European Gas Grid’, a new study by the Fraunhofer IEE institute on the topic of hydrogen blending in the gas grid. This new study assesses the technical and economic feasibility of hydrogen blending into the European gas grid, as well as emission savings, and the resulting costs for end-users. The study, commissioned by the European Climate Foundation, reflects on the impacts of different hydrogen blending levels based on a set of scenarios that explore the role of green molecules in the EU’s energy system.

In the light of the ongoing discussions around the European Commission’s proposals to cut greenhouse gases by 55% by 2030, to cut overall natural gas consumption by at least 32% by 2030, and to fully decarbonize the gas market by 2050, a panel of experts will reflect upon the report’s findings on the role of hydrogen in Europe’s gas grid.

To recording of the event is available further below.

16.00 - 16.10

Opening Remarks

Dries Acke, Director Energy Systems Programme, European Climate Foundation

16.10 - 16.30

Report Presentation

The event will begin with a presentation of the report’s findings by Mr. Jochen Bard, Director Energy Process Technology Division, Fraunhofer IEE

16.30 - 17.10

Panel Discussion

  • Michael Bloss, Member of the European Parliament, Greens/ EFA
  • Eleonora Moro, Researcher, E3G
  • Nicola Rega, Energy Director, CEFIC 
  • Dimitri Vergne, Team Lead Sustainability, BEUC
  • Discussion moderated by Ms. Philippa Nuttall, Environment and Sustainability Editor at New Statesman.

17.10 - 17.30

Q&A Session

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Lena Möller

Associate, Gas Infrastructures & Policies Programme