High Level Conference – Programme

DRAFT PROGRAMME
Time
25 October: Global focus (day 1)
26 October: European focus (day 2)
27 October: National / Regional focus (day 3)
10:00
Start
10:00
S1
Session 1: Building the global hydrogen market

Hydrogen is indispensable in the climate change flight. And it has become a key pillar in an increasing number of national energy transformation strategies, from Europe to China and USA. Europe is poised to become a leading market supported by an international leading industry. This opening will look into the European potential for the use of hydrogen and the export of its technological leadership.

Session 5: Ensuring resilience and diversification of the European hydrogen economy

The European Union is determined to phase out its dependency on fossil fuels from Russia by 2030. One of the two pillars of the REPowerEU initiative in order to increase resilience is to diversifying gas supplies, via higher Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) and pipeline imports from non-Russian suppliers, and to produce and import larger volumes of renewable hydrogen and biomethane. This session will learn from the latest strategies around the substitution of those fossil fuel by renewable hydrogen.

Session 9: Regions as the cornerstone for H2 deployment

Large-scale deployment projects and initiatives in the European regions are vital to reach national and European hydrogen targets. Hydrogen valleys and regions are starting to develop in different locations, all with their local specificities (available renewables potential, industrial based, infrastructure, etc.). But they all share many common aspects, such as financing, technology adoption, social acceptance, regional political engagement. Sharing lessons and developing common strategies will accelerate the role of Hydrogen in the energy transition boosting technological and industrial competitiveness.

11:15
Morning Coffee Break
11:45
S2
Session 2: Discussing the position of hydrogen in the new energy diplomacy

RePowerEU sets the ambition of importing 10 Mt of renewable H2 by 2030, with the backing of dedicated clean hydrogen partnerships and the establishment of a Global European H2 Facility to finance H2 production projects in those regions. This will require a new framework on energy relations, that can help 3rd countries with abundant renewable resources to create jobs, economic growth, welfare and diversify the economy with impacts on world geopolitics. Competition for H2 imports, adequate financing instruments, new energy dependencies, and an international market based on common standards are a few of the challenges that need to be addressed to seize the opportunities and limit the risks.

Session 6: Understanding the EU Hydrogen Strategy and how to move forward in the green transition

The RePowerEU sets the ambition of delivering 20 mt of renewable hydrogen by 2030, going beyond the targets of the EU’s hydrogen strategy, maximising the domestic production of hydrogen and making clear the importance of imports. This session will discuss the key elements of the RePowerEU strategy and the pathway towards delivering on its goals. How can renewable hydrogen best contribute to energy independence and decarbonisation? What should the role of low-carbon hydrogen be? How can sectorial targets and state-aid best support the achievement of the European strategy?

Session 10: Lighthouse Initiative

The Lighthouse Initiative, launched in 2022, is Hydrogen Europe's proposal on how to kickstart the first European GW-scale projects for clean hydrogen production and use. The projects' ambition will pave the way for the European hydrogen economy to scale-up, providing sound business cases to facilitate access for other smaller projects, thus creating spill over effects for the entire value chain.

13:00
Lunch Break
14:30
S3
Session 3: Looking at global Guarantees of Origins for hydrogen

Molecules of green hydrogen are identical to those of grey hydrogen. For this reason, once hydrogen has been produced, a certification system is needed that allows end users and governments to know the origin and the environmental properties of the hydrogen. The session will explore the key attributes for GOs to be useful for producers, policy makers and end users. The speakers will also discuss how robust and credible evidencing can foster consumer trust and the role of GOs in enabling cross border trade.

Session 7: Transforming the mobility sector with hydrogen

Hydrogen can be used in different ways and thus has the potential to decarbonise all segments of the mobility sector. From its uses as fuel for hydrogen fuel cells to being an energy carrier at the basis of all synthetic fuels, the session will explore common barriers and opportunities for the development of hydrogen and hydrogen-derived fuels in mobility. The panel will also discuss the progress of the Renewable and Low Carbon Fuels Value Chain Alliance in unlocking challenges and building innovative value chains for the maritime and aviation sectors.

Day 3 ends with lunch

15:45
Afternoon Coffee Break
16:15
S4
Session 4: Tackling global and European infrastructure

The EU Hydrogen Strategy, back in 2020, sketched a gradual approach to creating a hydrogen infrastructure. How has the situation changed since then, under the weight of new geopolitical challenges and with the EU preparing to adopt the legislative framework that will govern the future hydrogen and gas networks? This session will examine the missing elements to achieve a resilient backbone suitable for the transport, distribution and storage of clean hydrogen in Europe and vis a vis neighbouring regions.
Closing keynote

Session 8: Clean Hydrogen in Industry

Today, hydrogen is mainly used as a feedstock for ammonia production in the fertilisers sector and for fuels desulphurisation in the refining sector. According to the International Energy Agency (IEA), industry accounts for around 40% of global emissions, making the first emitting sector before transport and buildings, after allocating electricity and heat emissions to the final sectors. Clean hydrogen is to play a main role in the decarbonisation of those hard-to-abate industries, either as clean feedstock or fuel. It will have to substitute the current supply of carbon-intensive hydrogen in the ammonia and refining sectors and to replace carbon-intensive fuels and feedstocks in the chemical, steelmaking, cement, glass, ceramics, pulp and paper industries, and many more where electrification cannot work.

17:45
End

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End of day 2

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