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“THE CASE FOR GAS POST COP21: Natural gas is the ‚low hanging fruit‘ for material and immediate reduction of greenhouse gases“, in September 2016

The article, which received wide attention and distribution, including the posting on various websites, is a further refined and elaborated version of the previous article published for the Euroforum Newsletter in August 2016. Read moreWolfgang explains in more detail that, absent grid parity of renewables, an “affordable subsidy constraint” exists which is reflected in the individual pledges of the countries being party to the COP21 treaty. He backs this up by reference to respective analysis of the IEA in its WEO 2015. He demonstrates that immediate and material effects for the carbon budget can be achieved by expanding the role of gas in the fuel mix. Furthermore, he points out the – frequently forgotten – positive effect of natural gas on clean air, not only in the power generation space, but also in the heat and transport sectors. Last but not least he proposes ‘gas advocacy reloaded’, namely to claim more assertively the rightful place for natural gas in the fuel mix.

Publication

“Erdgas – eine ‘low hanging fruit’ für die zeitnahe Reduzierung der Treibhausgase” in August 2016

As a contribution to the Euroforum Newsletter published along the ‘22nd Euroforum Jahrestagung “Erdgas 2016’, Wolfgang discusses the implications of COP21 Read more, namely what he qualifies as the “affordable subsidy constraint” for countries absent grid parity of renewables. He demonstrates that immediate and material effects for the carbon budget can be achieved by expanding the role of gas in the fuel mix.

Event

The Gas Value Chain Company joins Eurogas as the first member in the new category of ‚liaising members‘ on 1 July 2016

Wolfgang served on the board of the European Gas Industry Association ‘Eurogas’ for 8 years and was an outspoken supporter of gas advocacy. By creating the new category of ‘liaising members’, GVC was Read moreable to join Eurogas as its first member in this new category, closely followed by Cheniere, amplifying Wolfgang’s continued engagement in gas advocacy.

Event

Barcelona 10 June 2016

Wolfgang attends the “Eurogas General Assembly“ and participates in the panel ‘LNG – for a secure and competitive EU market‘ in Barcelona, on 10 June 2016.

The General Assembly of the European Gas Industry Association Eurogas was this year hosted by Gas Natural Fenosa in Barcelona. High level guest and keynote speaker was Vice President Maros Sefcovic of the European Commission. The panel Read moreaddressed the increased competitiveness of natural gas, not least fostered by destination-flexible LNG competition.

On the Road

Mülheim 12 May 2016

Wolfgang renders a comprehensive lecture to students in the ‘Ringvorlesung Hochschule Ruhr West’ (HRW) in Mülheim, on 12 May 2016: "Natural Gas: Supply/Demand & Role in the Fuel Mix – Price Formation & Price Revision”. The lecture was succeeded by a pricing workshop, conducted jointly with Prof. Michael Römmich and Wolfgang.

In his lecture, Wolfgang essentially covers the entire value chain, with emphasis on commercial aspects Read moresuch as e.g. pricing mechanisms, but also price formation and price revision. The subsequent pricing workshop was, albeit challenging for the students, a great success.

On the Road

Amsterdam 9-11 May 2016

Wolfgang chairs three panels at the ‘FLAME Gas Conference’ in Amsterdam, from 9 to 11 May 2016:

First Panel: "Sustainability: Is Security Of Demand Still Assured?

Second Panel: "The Future Shape of the Market

Third Panel: "The Future of Gas In Midstream Utilities

The panelists of the first panel (Sustainability: Is Security Of Demand Still Assured?) were Read moreDavid Carroll, President International Gas Union, Gertjan Lankhorst, CEO GasTerra & President Eurogas and Francois-Regis Mouton, VP Oil & Gas Advocacy Total & President, Gas Naturally. The panelists had a compassionate debate about the ambiguous attitude of policy makers as to gas: “When it is needed, we are called upon, but otherwise they rather want us to be invisible”, one panelist said.

The panelists of the second panel (The Future Shape of the Market) were Nick Butler, Visiting Professor & Chair, Kings Policy Institute, Kings College London, David Isenegger, Group Head of Mergers & Acquisitions Centrica and Maria Moraeus Hanssen, CEO Engie E&P . In the face of the oil price crunch, previously unimaginable things occur in the M&A space, e.g. the IPO of Saudi Aramco and Rosneft. The panelists considered this trend as only the beginning.

The panelists of the third panel (The Future of Gas In Midstream Utilities) were  J.A.F (Hans) Coenen, Vice President Corporate Strategy & Portfolio Management, Gasunie, Ludwig Möhring, Managing Director, Sales, Wingas, Klaus Schäfer, CEO, Uniper and Pierre Vergerio, Executive Vice President, Midstream Gas, Energy Management & Optimization, Edison. The panelists discussed the changed landscape of the business as a consequence of liberalization and unbundling. Albeit strongly regulated, the grid operators saw business opportunities but needed investment certainty in view of long amortization periods. On the commodity side, in the face of traded hubs producers would not really need importers any more, but might still be interested in bulk volume disposal service providers, which should be entitled to an appropriate service fee.

Event

The Hague 13 April 2016

Wolfgang attends the “International Partner Day“ of the ‘Energy Delta Institute’ in The Hague, on 13 April 2016.

The EDI’s International Partner Day, chaired by its director Marcel Kramer, was hosted by Shell and featured a number of high level speakers Read more, i.a. Tatiana Mitrova and James Ball, fostering lively discussions.