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In the coming months, the eFuel Alliance will offer a series of events on relevant topics, including on the potential crediting options for eFuels within the CO2 standards for cars and vans and how the concept of energy efficiency needs to be reframed for a global energy economy. We will provide timely updates on our events here, as well as on the eFuel Alliance's Twitter and LinkedIn profiles.

We look forward to your participation and exciting discussions!

Past events

Climate change is a global challenge that requires global solutions. World-wide partnerships will therefore have to play key role in the transition to a green economy. In the energy sector, international cooperation provides the opportunity to meet individual nations’ energy demands while driving a global transition. Carbon-neutral energy carriers such as green hydrogen offer huge potential – both for the climate and the economy. eFuels, a hydrogen derivative, can be transported over long distances and used in different sectors. But how can countries around the world profit from a global green hydrogen ecosystem? What needs to be done to make energy partnerships a success and what should fair cooperation look like?

Together with leading policymakers, experts, scientists, and companies from around the globe we discussed topics ranging from production and transport of renewable fuels in different regions to the policies required to ensure that everyone wins from global energy partnerships.

Welcome: Dr. Monika Griefahn, Chairwoman of the eFuel Alliance
Introductory Keynote: Tanja Gönner, Chair of the Management Board, Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ)

Panelists:

  • Dr. Stefan Liebing, Chairman, German African Business Association
  • Jochen Bard, Division Director Energy Process Technology, Fraunhofer Institute for Energy Economics and Energy System Technology
  • Clara Bowman, General Manager, HIF Global, Chile
  • Janita Naidoo, Vice President, Business Development, Sasol, South Africa
  • James Mnyupe, Economic Advisor to the President of the Republic of Namibia, Namibia’s Green Hydrogen Commissioner

Moderator: Ralf Diemer, Managing Director, eFuel Alliance

The review of the CO2 fleet regulation and the proposed ban on internal combustion engines are setting the transport policy agenda in many countries. And yet, there is a way how to get the internal combustion engines climate-neutral: A crediting system for renewable fuels.

While the potential of internal combustion engines powered by renewable fuels played a role in the coalition negotiations of the future German government, the European Commission opposes such a solution.

But are the Commission's concerns justified?

Would a crediting system really blur responsibilities to reach the EU CO2 emission targets – or could it lead to a better climate policy integration and coordination?

Would it really undermine the effectiveness and efficiency of the regulation – or does it simply provide the automotive industry with an additional voluntary compliance option?

Would it increase the administrative burden and complexity – or can already existing structures and procedures be used?

We are pleased to have discussed these and more questions with our participants and esteemed speakers from politics and industry:

  • Introductory remarks by Dr. Monika Griefahn (Former Minister of Environment, Lower Saxony, Speaker of the eFuel Alliance) 
  • Industrial keynote by Dr. Martin Berger (Vice President Corporate Research and Advanced Engineering, MAHLE)
  • Political keynote by MEP Jens Gieseke (Member of the European Parliament, Vice-Chair of the Committee on Transport and Tourism)
  • Summarizing Statements by Sigrid de Vries, General Secretary of the Association of Automotive Supplier (CLEPA), and Dr. Jens Andersen, General Secretary of the Association of Natural Gas Vehicles (NGVA),

Additionally, Frontier Economics, who developed the crediting system on behalf of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy, presented the new study “Critical review of the European Commission’s Impact Assessment”.

55% – that’s the magic number needed to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by the end of the decade and set the European Union on track to meet its 2050 target of a climate-neutral economy. To become a greener Union, our lives will have to change significantly. Will the Fit for 55 package be able to lay the necessary groundwork? How fit is the revised European legislative architecture really to tackle the challenges ahead and avert the looming climate crisis? What must a future-proof climate policy look like to master the European energy and mobility transition, fuel a sustainable economy and make the Green Deal a success story? We are glad to have been able to discuss these and more questions together with leading policymakers, prominent companies from our membership and over 270 participants, after introductory remarks from Dr. Monika Griefahn(Chairwoman of the Board of the eFuel Alliance, Former Minister of Environment, Lower Saxony) . In case you missed the event or want to rewatch it, the recording is available via the link below.

Panelists:

  • Daniel Mes(Member of the Cabinet of Executive Vice-President Frans Timmermans)
  • Jens Geier(Member of the European Parliament, Head of the SPD delegation, Rapporteur for the EU Hydrogen Strategy, Member in the ITRE Committee)
  • Jakob Lagercrantz (CEO, Swedish 2030-Secretariat)
  • Christian Schultze(Deputy General Manager, Director Research and Operations, Mazda Motor Europe)
  • Eelco Dekker­(Chief Representative Europe, Methanol Institute)

What does technology neutrality mean? Is it just an excuse to do nothing, like some critics say? Or should an economy and a society moreover rely on a range of available technologies to enable competition? And if so:

Can climate goals be achieved by this competition of technologies? Should politics, enterprises or customers decide which technologies are appropriate? How can ambitious climate targets be achieved and how should the regulatory framework for this look like? How do we need to connect different sectors to help each other?
 

We were glad to be able to discuss these and more questions on 15.06.2021 with our guests Dr. Uwe Gackstatter (President Powertrain Solutions, Robert Bosch Group), Jakob Lagercrantz (CEO, Swedish 2030-secretariat), Dr. Philipp Furler (CTO, Synhelion) and Matthias Maedge (Advocacy Director, International Road Transport Union), with introductory remarks by Dr. Monika Griefahn (Former Minister of Environment, Lower Saxony, Member of eFuel Alliances Sounding Board).

If you missed the event, the recording is available in English via the link below.

On 6th of May 2021, the eFuel Alliance started its digital campaign with the event "Green Deal Ahead - Challenges and Perspectives for eFuels". The event focused in particular on the regulatory challenges for eFuels under the European Green Deal. We are pleased to have been able to welcome former EU Commissioner Günther H. Öttinger as keynote speaker and to kick off our event series with distinguished speakers from amongst our membership and over 300 participants. In case you missed the event, you can watch the recording here or on Youtube and use the timestamps in the video description on Youtube to navigate through the recording. The event was held in english.

Panelists:

  • Dr. Doris Hafenbradl, PhD (CTO & Managing Director Electrochaea GmbH)
  • Carl Nyberg (Executive Vice President, Renewable Road Transportation; Member of the Executive Committee; NESTE)
  • Prof. Armin Schnettler (CEO New Energy Business, Siemens Energy; President VDE, German Association for Electrical, Electronic & Information Technologies)
  • Sigrid de Vries (Secretary General of CLEPA – European Association of the Automotive Suppliers)