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Please see below the current agenda for this event. Further developments will be posted here so please do check back regularly for updates. Alternatively, please contact Charlene Selmer at / +44 (0) 2920 783 024 for further information.


Wednesday 3 October, 2012


08:30 – 09:00

Registration and Welcome Coffee

09:00 – 11:15

Session 1: Opening Keynote Presentations

Christian Egenhofer, Senior Fellow, Head of the Energy and Climate programme, CEPS

09:00 – 09:25

Shale gas and EU energy policy

Marie Donnelly, Director, Renewables, Research and Innovation, Energy Efficiency, DG Energy, European Commission

09:25 – 09:50

The view from the European Parliament

Niki Tzavela MEP, Rapporteur for the ITRE Committee's report on 'Industrial, energy and other aspects of shale gas and oil', European Parliament

09:50 – 10:15

The view from the European Presidency

Neoklis Sylikiotis, Minister of Commerce, Industry and Tourism, Cyprus

10:15 – 10:40

Polish Government Perspective

Michał Gołębiowski, Deputy Director of Department of Strategic Projects, Ministry of Treasury, Poland

10:40 – 11:05

Towards Responsible Evaluation & Development of European Shale Gas

Tristan Aspray, Europe Exploration Operations Manager, ExxonMobil

11:05 – 11:15

Q&A Session with keynote speakers

11:15 – 11:30

Morning Refreshment Break

11:30 – 13:15

Session 2: What will be the security of supply and geopolitical implications of successful shale gas development in Europe?

With energy security taking centre stage in many of the geopolitical arguments both in Europe and globally, what impact could greater energy security, driven by shale gas, have in this context? Is it likely that Europe will be able to replicate the US experience, dramatically increasing its home produced energy, improving security of supply and lowering prices for consumers? Which countries are currently viewed as carrying the most potential for shale gas in Europe and will geopolitical dimensions act as a driver or depressant to shale gas progress in Europe? Internationally, how is shale gas impacting security of supply and the energy mix?

Moderator and Opening Presentation:

Howard Rogers, Director, Natural Gas Research Programme, Oxford Institute for Energy Studies

11:45 – 12:00


Alexander Antonyuk, Senior Energy Analyst, International Energy Agency

12:00 – 12:10

Comments from:

Brendan Devlin, Adviser, DG Energy, European Commission
Sergei Komlev, Head of Contract Structuring and Price Formation Directorate, Gazprom Export

12:10 – 13:15

Panel Discussion


13:15 – 14:15


14:15 – 16:15

Session 3: Can the environmental challenges of shale gas development be managed?

The European Commission’s Energy Roadmap 2050 Communication states “gas will be critical for the transformation of the energy system”, while experts have described the successful development of shale gas in Europe as a potential “game-changer”. To what extent can shale gas realistically be developed without compromising the environment? Are existing regulations – for instance, REACH, the Water Framework Directive, the Groundwater Directive and the Mining Waste Directive - adequate in this context or is it necessary to adjust EU legislation? What is industry doing to reassure governments and citizens over environmental issues? Could the interplay between government, industry and civil society over the coming years result in Europe leading the way internationally on shale gas related environmental standards? Finally what impact would successful shale gas development have on the renewables and coal markets respectively?


Izabela Albrycht, Chairperson of the Board, The Kosciuszko Institute

14:15 – 14:35


Bogusław Sonik MEP, Rapporteur for the ENVI Committee's report on 'the environmental impacts of shale gas and shale oil extraction activities', European Parliament

14:35 – 14:45


Dale E. Ryan, Director, Chevron Bulgaria Exploration & Production EOOD

14:45 – 16:00

Panel Discussion

Above speakers plus:

Carina Vopel, Head of Unit, Strategy, DG Environment, European Commission
Mark Johnston, Senior Policy Adviser (Energy & Climate), WWF European Policy Office

16:00 – 16:15

Closing Remarks

16:15 – 18:00

Networking Cocktail Reception

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Wednesday 3 October, 2012
08.30 to 18.00




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