INTERNATIONAL PARTNERSHIP FOR
HYDROGEN AND FUEL CELLS IN THE ECONOMY

IPHE Policy Forum:

Hydrogen: The New Global Commodity? 

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December 3, 2020
10:00 – 12:00 CET (Online)

The IPHE is exploring the best way forward to effectively scale up hydrogen in the economy and create a global hydrogen market through a series of in-depth conversations tackling key challenges and identifying actions that use resources most effectively.

Focus:

Hydrogen is moving to the top of the agenda in energy policy and in company strategies across the world.  An increasing number of countries have announced billions of public investment in hydrogen.  However, many challenges need to be addressed to harvest the full potential of hydrogen at a world scale in a cost-effective manner.  Strong international cooperation and partnerships are more critical than ever.

Expected Outcome:

At the end of this meeting, we aim to have a deeper understanding of what is realistic to expect from hydrogen in the next 5 to 10 years and also, how governments and industry need to work together to maximize hydrogen’s potential.

 

10:00     Welcome and Master of Ceremony:
               Noé van Hulst, Chair-elect of the International Partnership for Hydrogen and Fuel Cells in the Economy (IPHE)

Noé van Hulst

Chair of the International Partnership for Hydrogen and Fuel Cells in the Economy (IPHE) | Hydrogen Advisor to IEA & Gasunie | Senior Fellow at the Dutch energy think tank Clingendael International Energy Programme

Noé van Hulst is Chair-elect of the International Partnership for Hydrogen and Fuel Cells in the Economy (IPHE), Hydrogen Advisor to IEA & Gasunie and a Senior Fellow at the Dutch energy think tank Clingendael International Energy Programme. 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 Ministry of Economic Affairs from 1988, lastly as Director-General for Energy

              Welcome Address:
              Dr. Fatih Birol, Executive Director, International Energy Agency

Dr. Fatih Birol

Executive Director | International Energy Agency (IEA)

Dr Fatih Birol has served as Executive Director of the International Energy Agency since September 2015. He was re-elected in January 2018 for a second four-year term, which began in September 2019. Under his leadership, the IEA has undertaken its first comprehensive modernisation programme since its creation in 1974. This effort focuses on three pillars: opening the doors of the IEA to include major emerging countries, such as Brazil, China, India, Indonesia, Mexico and South Africa who have joined the IEA Family, thus increasing its share of global energy demand from 38% to almost 75%; broadening the IEA’s security mandate to natural gas and electricity as well as oil; and making the IEA the global hub for clean energy technologies and energy efficiency.

 

10:15     First Conversation:
               Europe Quo Vadis?

Dr. Fatih Birol

Executive Director | International Energy Agency (IEA)

Dr Fatih Birol has served as Executive Director of the International Energy Agency since September 2015. He was re-elected in January 2018 for a second four-year term, which began in September 2019. Under his leadership, the IEA has undertaken its first comprehensive modernisation programme since its creation in 1974. This effort focuses on three pillars: opening the doors of the IEA to include major emerging countries, such as Brazil, China, India, Indonesia, Mexico and South Africa who have joined the IEA Family, thus increasing its share of global energy demand from 38% to almost 75%; broadening the IEA’s security mandate to natural gas and electricity as well as oil; and making the IEA the global hub for clean energy technologies and energy efficiency.

 

Andreas Feicht

State Secretary for Energy | German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy

Andreas Feicht is the State Secretary for Energy at the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy. Mr. Feicht was appointed on February 1st 2019. His portfolio includes energy policy with regard to heating, efficiency, electricity and grids.

Most recently he was Chairman of the Board of WSW Wuppertaler Stadtwerke GmbH and Chairman of the Board of WSW mobil GmbH. He had been with the municipal utility since 2007. Previously he worked as Managing Director at BSL Management Consultants GmbH & Co. KG and as Managing partner of BBD Verkehrsconsult GmbH. Andreas Feicht has an academic background in economics, which he acquired while holding various positions at Dresdner Verkehrsbetriebe AG and Technische Werke Dresden GmbH.

10:30     Second Conversation:
               Is hydrogen the new oil and how to finance the transition? 

Elisabeth Brinton

Executive Vice President, New Energies | Shell

Elisabeth has more than 25 years of experience in creating and growing power and digital technology businesses. She has worked as a senior executive and member of the Executive Committee in leading utility businesses in the US and Australian markets. She is a successful technology entrepreneur and experienced director on corporate and venture boards. She recently joined Shell from AGL Energy, Australia’s largest integrated power company, where she was the EVP of New Energies and a member of the Executive Team.

Gabrielle Gauthey

Senior Vice President of Carbon Neutrality Businesses | Total

Gabrielle Gauthey is Director of Carbon Neutrality Businesses at Total and a member of the ComEx of the GRP (Gas, Renewables & Power) branch. Their objective is to provide innovative solutions to Total and its customers to improve their energy efficiency, reduce their carbon footprint and develop natural and industrial carbon sink activities.

She has held strategic management positions in the public sector and within French and European groups in the telecoms, media, energy and infrastructure sectors.

Moreover, Gabrielle Gauthey is a director of the Gecina Group and GFI as well as a member of the French Academy of Technologies.

Amir Sharifi

Managing Director Energy transition lead | Ardian

Amir joined ARDIAN in 2007. He is Managing Director of ARDIAN’s Infrastructure Group in charge of Energy Transition investments. He has led the development of the ARDIAN franchise in the renewable energy sector and is now heading the ARDIAN working group for Hydrogen.

ARDIAN today holds investments in renewable energy production representing 5GW of installed capacity countries across Europe and Americas.

Amir is also founder of the ARDIAN Foundation which he founded in 2010. The ARDIAN Foundation aims at creating better social mobility in Europe, North America and Asia.

He previously was Head of Corporate Development and Communications of ARDIAN and worked for 5 years as a strategy consultant in the energy sector.

Amir graduated from Ecole Supérieure des Sciences Economiques et Commerciales (ESSEC).

​​​​​​​11:15     Third Conversation:
               When and how will global trade take off? 

Dr. Alan Finkel

Chief Scientist | Government of Australia

Dr Finkel commenced as Australia’s Chief Scientist on 25 January 2016. He is Australia’s eighth Chief Scientist. Prior to his appointment, he served as President of the Australian Academy of Technology and Engineering (ATSE), and for eight years as Chancellor of Monash University. 

Dr. Alan Finkel is leading a new Advisory Group set up by Australia’s Federal Government with a goal of producing hydrogen under $2 per kilogram (‘H2 under 2’).

 

Robin Mills

CEO | Qamar Energy

Robin Mills established Qamar Energy in Dubai in 2015 to meet the need for regionally-based Middle East energy insight and project delivery. He is an expert on energy strategy and economics, described by Foreign Policy Magazine as “one of the energy world’s great minds”.

He has led major consulting assignments for a variety of international energy companies and governments on energy policy, renewable energy, carbon capture and storage, hydrogen, oil and gas upstream and LNG.

Robin worked for a decade for Shell, concentrating on new business development in the Middle East. He subsequently worked for six years with Dubai Holding and the Emirates National Oil Company (ENOC), where he advanced business development efforts in the Middle East energy sector.

He is non-resident fellow at the Columbia University SIPA Center on Global Energy Policy, and the author of two books, The Myth of the Oil Crisis, and Capturing Carbon.

He holds a first-class degree in Geology from the University of Cambridge, and speaks Arabic, Farsi, Dutch and Norwegian.

Toshiyuki Shirai

Director of Hydrogen Strategy Office | Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI)

Toshiyuki SHIRAI is Director of Hydrogen Strategy Office in Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI). After joining METI, he served for various positions, including deputy-director for manufacturing industry, trade policy, economic cooperation policy and energy policy. He also worked as senior energy analyst in the International Energy Agency (IEA) based in Paris from 2015 to 2018. He earned MBA degree in Georgetown University in U.S.

 

12:00     Closing Remarks and the Way Forward

               (Noé van Hulst, Chair-elect of the International Partnership for Hydrogen and Fuel Cells in the Economy (IPHE))

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