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Business case for hydrogen blending

An event organized by UNECE Group of Experts on Gas

17 January 2023 14:00 - 17:20
Avenue de la Paix, Palais des Nations, room H-207 Geneva Switzerland

Blending refers to injecting hydrogen into natural gas pipelines in various proportions, depending on technical constraints and policy decisions. It could be an effective and cost-efficient transitional solution for certain ECE sub-regions. In this sense, the current gas infrastructure could help jumpstart production, transmission, and consumption of hydrogen through blending hydrogen with gas. The event will feature not only supporters of blending but also those who are skeptical about the concept. Both camps will have a chance to express their views.





Opening remarks

Mr Branko Milicevic, Secretary, Group of Experts on Gas, UNECE

Mr Francisco de la Flor, Chair, Group of Experts on Gas, UNECE

Mr Dario Liguti, Director, Sustainable Energy Division, UNECE


Panel 1: Policy, legal and regulatory aspects


Mr Uwe Wetzel, Vice-chair, Group of Experts on Gas, UNECE

Mr Abel Enríquez, EU Regulatory Affairs Manager, Enagás, Spain

Mr Dennis Hesseling, Head of Gas Department

ACER, Agency for the Cooperation of Energy Regulators (ACER)


Technical & Operational Challenges

Ms Barbara Jinks, Advisor on green gases - projects & policy


Panel 2: Blending Pros & Cons


Ms Federica Sabbati, Secretary-General, European Heating Industry (EHI)

Ms Eva Henning, Head of Energy Policy EU/Brussels Office, Thüga, Germany

Mr Malcolm Arthur, Net Zero Policy Manager, National Grid Gas, United Kingdom

Mr Konstantin Korneev, Chief Analyst, Hydrogen Department, Russian Energy Agency

Mr Nicola Riga, Director Energy Markets Interplay & Hydrogen, The European Chemical Industry Council (CEFIC)


Open floor




Mr Francisco de la Flor, Chair, Group of Experts on Gas, UNECE