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REPowerEU: Decarbonisation and Security of Gas Supply

09jun09:1510:15REPowerEU: Decarbonisation and Security of Gas SupplyRome and Online


June 9(Friday) 9:15am - 10:15am

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The roundtable Discussion on future European Energy Markets ‘REPowerEU: Decarbonisation and Security of Gas Supply’, jointly organised by Italgas and Eurogas, took place on 9 June 2023 (09:15 – 10:15 CEST) at Palazzo Wedekind (Piazza Colonna 366, 00186 Rome) and online.
The event provided expert views on how to leverage gas infrastructure and renewable gas to secure true energy independence.


09:00 | Welcome coffee

09:15 | Welcome address
Gilberto Pichetto Fratin, Minister of the Environment and Energy Security, Italy

09:25 | Introduction
Ruud Kempener, Member of the Cabinet of Commissioner Kadri Simson, European Commission

09:35 | Panel discussion followed by Q&A
Clara Poletti, Chair of the Board of Regulators, ACER
Giulia Cancian, Secretary General, EBA
Federico Boschi, Chief of Energy Department, Ministry of the Environment and Energy Security, Italy
Didier Holleaux, President, Eurogas
Paolo Gallo, CEO, Italgas

10:15 | End

The discussion was introduced by Nunzio Ferrulli, Chief Institutional and Regulatory Affairs Officer, Italgas
The roundtable was moderated by Alessandro Speciale, Rome Bureau Chief, Bloomberg 

Speakers for this event

  • Clara Poletti

    Clara Poletti

    Chair of the Board of Regulators, ACER

    Clara Poletti is Commissioner at the Italian Regulatory Authority for Energy, Networks and Environment (ARERA), competent for the regulation of energy, water and waste management services. She is Chair of the Board of Regulators of the European Agency for the Cooperation of Energy Regulators (ACER) and Italian delegate at the Council of European Energy Regulators (CEER).
    She has more than twenty years experience in energy and sustainability.
    From 2007 to 2011, she was Director of the Bocconi University research centre on energy and environment (IEFE). She was also a founding academic director at the Centre on Regulation in Europe (CERRE). She is member of the Board of Directors of the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI), associate researcher of the Cambridge Energy Policy Research Group and member of the Advisory Board of the Florence School of Regulation.
    She is the author of numerous scientific articles.
    For her professional contribution in regulating the energy transition and for the example set, in 2023 she was awarded by the Florence School of Regulation the LUCE award for legacy women and by the Women&Tech Association the Techno-visionaries award.

    Chair of the Board of Regulators, ACER

  • Didier Holleaux

    Didier Holleaux

    President of Eurogas

    After graduating as an Engineer (Ecole Polytechnique and Ecole Nationale des Mines de Paris), Didier HOLLEAUX started to work as an Engineer in the car-manufacturing and in the oil industry. He then made a career in the French Civil Service which led him to the position of head of the departmental staff (“Directeur de Cabinet”) of the Energy Minister (1992-1993).

    Didier HOLLEAUX joined Gaz de France (merged in GDF SUEZ in 2008 and renamed as ENGIE in 2015), in 1993. Since then, he held different managing positions in the transmission, distribution, and LNG businesses of the company. He also founded and managed the North Sea Exploration and Production (1997-2000) and managed the worldwide Exploration and Production of the group (2007-2015). Since 1st of July 2015, he is Executive Vice President of ENGIE. He is currently in charge of special projects particularly in the field of renewable gases and external representation.

    Didier HOLLEAUX has been elected President of Eurogas in June 2021.

    President of Eurogas

  • Federico Boschi

    Federico Boschi

    Head of Department, Minister of Environment and Energy Security, Italy

    Head of Department, Minister of Environment and Energy Security, Italy

  • Gilberto Pichetto Fratin

    Gilberto Pichetto Fratin

    Minister of the Environment and Energy Security, Italy

    Minister of the Environment and Energy Security, Italy

  • Giulia Cancian

    Giulia Cancian

    Chair of ENZA and Secretary General of the European Biogas Association

    Giulia Cancian is the Secretary General at
    the European Biogas association. Before joining the EBA in 2022, Giulia led
    Bioenergy Europe’s advocacy strategy, coordinated the delivery of policy
    reports, and the organization of several working groups.  She gained
    experience on sustainability, energy and transports working with the biodiesel,
    non-ferrous metals and hydropower European trade associations in Brussels.
    Giulia holds a MA in International Relation from the University of Rome and a
    MSc in European Affairs from the Free University of Brussels

    Chair of ENZA and Secretary General of the European Biogas Association

  • Paolo Gallo

    Paolo Gallo

    Chief Executive Officer, Italgas

    Paolo Gallo is Chief Executive Officer and General Manager at Italgas since 4 August 2016. He received his degree in Aeronautical Engineering from the Polytechnic University of Turin. He subsequently earned an MBA from Turin University. From 2014 to 2016 he was the Chief Executive Officer of Grandi Stazioni S.p.A, of which he oversaw the privatization. Previously (from 2011 to 2014) he worked at Acea S.p.A., firstly as Chief Operating Officer and then as Chief Executive Officer. From 2002 to 2011 he was in the Edison Group, initially as Head of Strategy and Innovation, then as Chief Operating Officer and Chief Executive Officer of Edipower.

    He started his career in Fiat Avio S.p.A. in 1988, holding several roles and responsibilities over 13 years. In 1997 he began working in the energy field, developing new initiatives in Italy, India and Brazil and subsequently he recollected all Fiat Group’s electricity generation activities in Fiat Energia, of which he was Chief Executive Officer until 2002.

    Between 1992 and 1993 he was dean of the MBA program at the School of Business Administration of the University of Turin, where he lectured “Industrial Investments Economical-Financial evaluations” until 2002. He is also co-author of relevant publications in the sector. Since 2018 he has been Professor of Re-engineering Operational Processes (Master Digital Ecosystem) and Energy Management (Master Energy Industry) courses at the Luiss Business School.

    Chief Executive Officer, Italgas

  • Ruud Kempener

    Ruud Kempener

    Member of Cabinet of Commissioner for Energy Simson, European Commission

    Ruud Kempener is a member of cabinet for the European Commissioner for Energy Kadri Simson, where he is responsible for hydrogen, biogas, CCS and the energy-intensive industries. Ruud joined the Commission in 2016, where he has been responsible for EU hydrogen policies, renewables financing, and international cooperation activities on renewables. Before that, Ruud was the Power Sector Transformation Strategies Analyst at International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) and he was responsible for the initial development of IRENA’s global renewable energy roadmap. From 2007 to 2011, Ruud spend two years as a Research Fellow at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government and two years as a postdoctoral fellow at the Science Policy Research Unit (SPRU) at the University of Sussex, UK. Ruud received his PhD in Chemical Engineering at the University of Sydney, Australia and an MSc in Technology & Society from Eindhoven University of Technology, the Netherlands.

    Member of Cabinet of Commissioner for Energy Simson, European Commission