Association Webinars: Energy System Integration and Sector Coupling: Technology, Regulatory and Security Approaches



The aim of this webinar is to examine the EU's decarbonization narrative through the prism of energy system integration and sector coupling. After defining these interrelated energy policy concepts, the webinar will provide a clear outline of the different types of renewable gases and hydrogen and their production technologies. It will subsequently focus on the regulatory instruments which will kick-start the envisioned liquid and well-functioning internal market in hydrogen, following the logic and principles established by the existing natural gas regulation. The webinar will finally touch upon the issue of the internalization of Europe's energy security considerations in an electrons-clean molecules system and its implications for the governance of Europe's external energy relations.

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Mariana Liakopoulou is a research analyst focusing on natural gas security and geopolitics of the European and Eurasian energy markets. She serves as Research Fellow in Energy Security with the NATO Association of Canada (Toronto, Ontario, Canada). She is also Editor-in-Chief of the Palgrave Macmillan Studies in Energy Transitions Series (London, U.K.), in charge of the publication of “The Palgrave Handbook of Zero Carbon Energy Systems and Energy Transitions.” She has been assigned consultancies with the Energy Community (Vienna, Austria) and has been included in the roster of experts of the Secretariat. Formerly, she was a non-resident Research Fellow in Energy Security and Geopolitics with Caspian Policy Center (Washington D.C.) and a member of the Strategy and Communication Team of the European Union Agency for the Cooperation of Energy Regulators (Ljubljana, Slovenia). Her publication record comprises works for an array of industry sources, including the International Association for Energy Economics, the United States Association for Energy Economics, Natural Gas World, Gulf Intelligence and European Gas Hub. She holds a Master’s degree in International Relations and European Studies and a Bachelor’s in Communication and Media Studies from the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens. Her Master’s thesis looks into the Caspian legal status and the riparian producers’ outlook with regard to the European Commission’s strategy towards the Fourth/Southern Gas Corridor.


Anne Houtman was until April 2016 Principal Advisor in the Directorate General for Energy at the European Commission after having been for 4 years Head of the Representation in France of the European Commission. She now teaches at Sciences Po, Paris.

Prior to that, after two years as a Director in DG Internal Market and Services (2004-2006), she moved as a Director for Internal Market and Sustainability in the Directorate General for Transport and Energy and later as a Director for General Policy in DG Energy (2006-2010).

After teaching at the New York Polytechnic Institute and heading the Statistical Research Department of Nielsen Marketing, Belgium, she entered the European Commission in 1985. She worked for two years at Eurostat before joining the Directorate General for Competition in 1987 where she became Head of the State Aid Policy Unit in 1996.

Between 1999 and 2004, she was member and later Deputy Head of Cabinet in the Office of President Romano Prodi.

She holds a Graduate degree in Mathematics from the Université Catholique de Louvain, Belgium and a PhD in Statistics from Princeton University, New Jersey. She is a member of the Belgian Royal Academy and sits on the Board of various entities.

Ivana Čeković Eškenazi is a Research Associate at the University of Belgrade – Innovation Centre of the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering, actively participating in the research at the Department for Engineering Materials and Welding, Tribology, Fuels and Combustion. She holds a Ph.D. in Technical Sciences – Mechanical Engineering, particularly Process Engineering, on the topic of Wood Chips Gasification Process in Combined Heat and Power System.

Her expertise encompasses fuels, thermochemical conversion processes, such as pyrolysis, gasification and combustion, renewable energy sources (specifically biomass and biofuels) and environmental protection, as well as physical and chemical activation of bio-based materials for obtaining value-added products for their utilization in various sectors.

Ivana worked at the European University Institute – Florence School of Regulation (Gas Area) during 2019 and 2020 as a Research Associate, where she was engaged in research work on Energy System Integration and Sector Coupling, focusing on the technical and economic potential of various hydrogen technologies. Currently, she is a Communications Officer at the Water Science Policy as well.

Leonie Reins is an Assistant Professor at the Tilburg Institute for Law, Technology and Society (“TILT”) at Tilburg University in the Netherlands. Leonie obtained her PhD from KU Leuven, Belgium. The monograph based on her dissertation is entitled “Regulating Shale Gas – The Challenge of Coherent Environmental and Energy Regulation” (Edward Elgar, 2017). Leonie obtained private sector experience whilst working for a Brussels-based environmental law consultancy, providing legal and policy services for public-sector clients such as the European Commission and the European Parliament.

Leonie’s research focuses on the intersections of energy and environmental law. She is particularly interested in the regulation of new technologies that are capable of mitigating, or providing means of adaptation to, global problems such as climate change and the associated risks and uncertainty that manifest themselves at the local level. Leonie regularly speaks at international conferences and her works have been published in journals such as Energy Research & Social Science, Environmental Liability and Oil, Gas, Energy Law Intelligence (OGEL).

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Event Date: May 5, 2021

Event Time: 10:00 - 11:00 AM Eastern Time

Topic: Energy System Integration and Sector Coupling: Technology, Regulatory and Security Approaches

Moderator: Mariana Liakopoulou

Price: FREE

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