RIGC 2020: The European Green Deal and the Future of Gas

The 3rd edition of the Romanian International Gas Conference (RIGC), a flagship annual English-language event of the Energy Policy Group (EPG), will start on November 23. The 2020 edition is conceived as an on-line series of events unfolding as a sequence of four webinars, from November 23 to 26. The backdrop of RIGC 2020 is the European Green Deal, which sets the continent’s economy on a uniquely ambitious track to net-zero carbon emissions by 2050.

RIGC 2020 will focus on the gas sector’s response to the European Green Deal and the implications of the post-Corona recovery on Romania and the region.

In this context, the gas industry will have to bring to the fore a convincing long-term decarbonization strategy, around the production and use of biogas/biomethane, power-to-gas, and carbon-free hydrogen, alongside the needed infrastructure – all ‘futureproof’ and at optimized costs.

RIGC 2020 will also tackle major regional topics, such as the ‘last train’ for investment in the development of the Black Sea deep-water gas fields, in a context of increasing headwinds for the global O&G offshore industry, and the new dynamics of gas flows in Southeast Europe, with geopolitical undertones prompted by the inauguration of TurkStream’s first leg, the upcoming Southern Gas Corridor, the hurdles seen by the BRUA project, the foreseeable opening of new LNG sources in Greece, and, probably, the beginning of the end for the Russian gas transit through Ukraine and Romania as well as rapidly falling costs for offshore wind. For the Romanian gas market, a host of regulatory hurdles following the liberalization of the supply segment will also be discussed.

The conference will convene a high-level line-up of EU, Romanian and regional officials, CEOs, industry and technology experts, and researchers from think-tanks and academia. The opening speech will be addressed by the Romanian Minister of Economy, Energy and Business Environment, Mr Virgil Popescu.

The online attendance will be free of charge. You can find more details and the agenda on the event website.

Energy Industry Review is a media partner at this event.

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