february, 2020

04feb12:3014:30The EU’s energy transition: how research and innovation is helping Europe to become the world’s first climate-neutral continent12:30 - 14:30 Event Type:Lunch Debate in cooperation with Euramet


(Tuesday) 12:30 - 14:30


Members' Salon, European Parliament, Brussels

Event Details

As part of its presentation of the European Green Deal, the European Commission has stated that, “becoming the world’s first climate-neutral continent by 2050 is the greatest challenge and opportunity of our times”. The new deal is inarguably its most ambitious commitment to date to mitigating climate change and preserving the environment.

To achieve climate neutrality for Europe, collaboration in research and innovation is essential – particularly for areas relating to policy, industry, science and civil society – to create new key technologies for our energy future.

Successfully addressing the energy transition and building a zero-carbon, climate-resilient future, will require secure, clean and efficient energy and a sustainable industry.

The upcoming event aims to:
• bring together stakeholders from the electricity and energy gases industry, science and policy and all other interested parties;
• encourage discussions of future needs for a cost-efficient energy transition in Europe; and
• introduce new European networks that will foster research and innovation.

The transition towards a sustainable energy supply and decarbonised economy will have a profound effect on renewable gases as a fuel source, energy vector and energy storage, as well as affecting electricity grids – the backbone of modern society:

1. Transforming electricity grids into smart grids – with smart meters and appliances, renewable energy resources, and efficient infrastructure – that support the uptake of renewable energy sources (wind, solar) requires significant re-engineering and a roll-out of new technologies supported by measurements.

2. Ensuring conformity of renewable gaseous fuels for use in existing natural gas grids or as vehicle fuel with quality, efficiency and safety regulations depends on robust, accurate measurements that can be traced back to established standards. Robust measurements are also needed to demonstrate and scale-up the use of hydrogen in power-to-gas and energy storage applications.

This is where metrology, the science of measurement, plays a crucial role. The measurement science community spares no effort in helping Europe to meet its sustainability and climate change goals, and to support the energy systems of the future. EURAMET, the European Association of National Metrology Institutes, has recently established six European Metrology Networks; including networks for Energy Gases and Smart Electricity Grids.

The new networks are developing a single point of contact across Europe that can provide measurement science expertise for society and industry, to support the implementation of the EU’s energy transition.

The networks are working to analyse European and global measurement needs, and to address these needs in a coordinated and collaborative manner that can bridge the gap between research and end-user communities.

In addition, EURAMET’s networks promote a reliable and robust measurement infrastructure by supporting standardisation, testing, services and knowledge transfer, at both the national and European level. By formulating a common metrology strategy, the networks will facilitate the establishment of a safe, reliable, and future-proof energy infrastructure.

Topics for debate:
• How can European players – including policy makers, industry, academia and measurement scientists – collaborate to address the challenge of the energy transition?
• How to build a future-proof and sustainable collaboration involving all crucial players?
• What needs to be covered in policies and regulation?
• What should be covered by the work of the European Metrology Networks?
• How to address fundamental challenges to decarbonise the grid and move to 100 % use of renewable gases in energy applications?
• What can measurement science do to facilitate and scale-up the use of hydrogen to support the energy transition?
• How to encourage the use of hydrogen as a fuel source for long distance transportation and as energy vector and storage in power-to-gas?
• How to support the transformation of electricity grids into smart grids?
• What measurement support is needed to increase the uptake of renewable energy sources by electricity grids?
• How to ensure that measurement research and innovation have prompt impact in policy and regulation?
• How to ensure that measurement research and innovation are widely accessible?
• How else to support the energy transition for Europe?


Maria da Graça Carvalho, MEP, Chair of the K4I Forum

Franc Bogovič, MEP, Member of the K4I Forum

Speakers for this event

  • Baldan, Annarita

    Baldan, Annarita

    Chair of EURAMET\'s European Metrology Network for Energy Gases

    Annarita Baldan is the principal scientist at VSL, the Dutch Metrology Institute. For the past 20 years, she has worked in the field of metrology for chemistry. Her research is devoted to gas analysis, and specifically, to developing the metrological infrastructure needed to address the grand challenges facing energy, the environment and the climate. Among her many achievements, Annarita has developed primary reference gas mixtures containing Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) at trace concentration levels, by using gravimetric and dynamic primary techniques. In addition, she is a member of several standardisation bodies – including the International Standardisation Organisation (ISO) group ISO/TC158 for ‘Gas Analysis’. Annarita has also been the coordinator of several successful research projects under the European Metrology Research Programme (EMRP).

    Chair of EURAMET\'s European Metrology Network for Energy Gases

  • Berlijn, Sonja

    Berlijn, Sonja

    Senior VP R&D of Statnett, the Transmission System Operator of Norway

    As the central system operator in the Norwegian energy system, Statnett is an important stakeholder of EURAMET’s European Metrology Network for Smart Electricity Grids. Statnett coordinates the production & consumption of electricity and develops electricity grids all across Norway – in addition to overseeing the power line connections from Norway to Sweden, Finland, Russia, Denmark and the Netherlands. Sonja Berlijn is the Senior Vice President of Research & Development at Statnett – a position that she has held since 2014. She has vast documented experience in project management, research & development, quality assurance, teaching and leadership. To present an accurate view of Sonja’s expansive academic background in engineering and project management, she has studied electrotechnical engineering to PhD level in Austria and also obtained an MBA from the University of Melbourne. During her time at university, Sonja additionally worked in a couple of European high voltage laboratories; from managing the research & development at a laboratory in the Netherlands, to undertaking various management and specialist engineer roles at a testing laboratory in Sweden. In 2008, she moved to Statnett, where she has continually played a significant role in coordinating the advancement of Norway’s energy system as the Research & Development Senior VP. In 2014, Sonja joined also the Norwegian University of Life Sciences (NMBU) in Oslo, Norway as a Professor of Digital Power Systems; where she supervised several students and presented sessions at international forums. As well as her position for Statnett and NMBU, Sonja is presently the Chair of the European Network of Transmission System Operators for Electricity - the Research, Development & Innovation Planning Committee. Furthermore, she is an active member of the Norwegian Smart Grid Centre, Energi21 (a strategic research board of the Norwegian government) sustainable power laboratory at the Royal Technical University in Stockholm and the Nordic Transmission System Operators R&D group.

    Senior VP R&D of Statnett, the Transmission System Operator of Norway

  • Bogovič, Franc

    Bogovič, Franc

    Member of the European Parliament

    Born on 2nd February 1963 in Koprivnica, Slovenia, Franc Bogovič graduated from the Agronomy College in 1984 and became an Agricultural Engineer. His professional career constitutes of several different posts, such as agricultural extension expert, agricultural trade entrepreneur, Mayor of Krško Municipality, member of Slovenian National Assembly and Minister of Agriculture and Environment. On 2 March 2013, Bogovič was elected President of the Slovene People’s Party, the position he held until 6th December 2014. Bogovič is currently serving his second term as a Member of the European Parliament, where he is engaged in topics related to agriculture, rural and regional development, cohesion policy, as well as environment and energy. Bogovič is also leading the Smart Villages initiative in the European Parliament. With ensuring EU funding of pilot projects and preparatory actions on Smart villages in the last few years, Bogovič is working closely with the European Commission so that Smart Villages are going to become a significant part of the future EU regional and rural development policy.

    Member of the European Parliament

  • Carre, Martine

    Carre, Martine

    Scientific Director Analysis at Air Liquide, France

    Air Liquide is a world leader in gases, technologies and services for industry and health. It strives to lead its industry in supporting energy and environmental transitions, changes in healthcare, and advancements in digital technologies. Air Liquide’s activities are centred around essential small molecules, like oxygen, nitrogen and hydrogen. The company’s large international presence makes it a key stakeholder of the European Metrology Network for Energy Gases. Martine Carré is the Scientific Director of Analysis at Air Liquide. In this role, she leads the analysis teams at Air Liquide’s innovation campuses around the world. Her current interests are centred around the development of international measurement standards for more effective control over the quality of energy gases. She is also actively involved in standardisation activities and committees within European standard organisations like CEN, that are related to hydrogen, biogas and gas mixture preparation. Through her studies and past roles, Martine has developed a breadth of knowledge of energy gases and their analysis. She obtained her PhD in the field of elemental analysis at Lyon University in France, after which she joined the Air Liquide research & development team to work on the analytic control of electronic speciality gases. For the past 25 years, Martine has worked in the field of gas analysis and metrology, both in research & development and industrial operations. She was additionally nominated as the Air Liquide Senior International Expert for Analysis in 2011.

    Scientific Director Analysis at Air Liquide, France



    Principal Adviser to Director General (DG ENER), European Commission

    Dr Tudor Constantinescu is Principal Adviser to the Director General for Energy in the European Commission. He is engineer and economist by education. Before joining the Commission, he set up as Executive Director the Buildings Performance Institute Europe. He was the president of the Romanian Agency for Energy Conservation and for the period 2008-2009 he ensured the presidency of the EnR network of European Energy Agencies. Between 1996-2007, he coordinated the energy efficiency and related environmental activities of the Energy Charter Secretariat in Brussels.

    Principal Adviser to Director General (DG ENER), European Commission

  • Rietveld, Gert

    Rietveld, Gert

    Chair of EURAMET\'s European Metrology Network for Smart Electricity Grids

    Gert Rietveld is the Chair of the European Metrology Network for Smart Electricity Grids, which has been recently launched under EURAMET. This network aims to help Europe with meeting its sustainability and climate change goals, in addition to supporting the development of future energy systems. Gert Rietveld is the Chief Metrologist at VSL, the Dutch Metrology Institute - working in the area of smart electricity grids. Following his PhD in the field of solid state physics at Delft University of Technology, Gert joined VSL in 1993 to work on electrical quantum standards for resistance and current. His current research interests cover the breadth of electromagnetic precision metrology, focusing on power and energy measurements to support Europe’s energy transition and implementation of smart electricity grids. Gert has been active in the EURAMET community for more than 20 years. Amongst his several responsibilities, he was founding chair of the Subcommittee on Power and Energy and the convenor of the EURAMET Energy Task Group. Gert is additionally a member of the International Committee for Weights and Measures (CIPM) and the President of its Consultative Committee for Electricity and Magnetism. Within the CIPM, he presently coordinates the development of an international strategy for measurement, helping to tackle grand societal challenges.

    Chair of EURAMET\'s European Metrology Network for Smart Electricity Grids


Annarita Baldan, Chair of EURAMET’s European Metrology Network for Energy Gases

Gert Rietveld, Chair of EURAMET’s European Metrology Network for Smart Electricity Grids

Martine Carre, Scientific Director Analysis at Air Liquide, France

Sonja Berlijn, Senior VP R&D of Statnett, the Transmission System Operator of Norway

Tudor Constantinescu, Principal Adviser to the Director General for Energy in the European Commission