Renewable gas and related emerging technologies are able to play a major role in the European energy transition

More than 200 delegates gathered last week in Antwerp, Belgium to attend the latest edition of the EBA annual conference. Discussions revolved around the topical issue of Greening Gas through 40 sessions animated by speakers from the industry, research and policy sectors. For its first edition the Greening Gas Award was given to Gasunie, rewarding the company’s achievement in green methane incorporation into its current business.

EBA President Dr. Jan Štambaský first introduced the audience to the growing role of green gas in the European energy mix, focusing especially on biomethane, whose production has been considerably increasing since 2016. Guillaume Virmaux from GRDF echoed this great potential with the example of France, where “a share of 30% of renewable gas in the gas grid is reachable by 2030”. Malcolm McDowell, policy officer in Directorate-General for Energy at the European Commission, confirmed the “Commission’s support of biogas development in Europe in order to have greener and secured energy, reduce GHG emissions and develop rural areas”. 

Emerging innovative technologies and their benefits were also put under the spotlight, such as Power-to-Gas, Power-to-Methane or biomass gasification. Dr. Doris Schmack from MicrobEnergy GmbH (Viessman Group) explained that Power-to-Gas with biological methanation is able to “convert excess of power from renewable energies into synthetic methane and decarbonise all sectors”, bringing many opportunities in energy intensive sectors such as mobility, heating or chemistry.

Andrea Gerini from NGVA Europe (Natural & bio Gas Vehicle Association) went forward about benefits for transport, claiming that “renewable gas can provide a significant contribution to decarbonisation, as today’s CNG and LNG vehicle technologies are ready to run on 100% renewable energy”. Dr. A. Schulte from Carbotech Gas Systems GmbH confirmed this message, claiming that “BioCNG and BioLNG should be considered as realistic, technically approved and on short term available options for renewable fuels”. 

The closure of the conference by Dr. Štambaský highlighted the overall tone of optimism regarding the big potential of the sector, as well as the need to continue the efforts to set an appropriate legislative framework that will make the most of the assets of renewable gas: “The growing interest for our conference and the lively discussions held this year demonstrate the richness of our sector, which will continue to grow, potentially boosted by the adoption of several key legislative files by the EU institutions in 2018. The emergence of state-of-the-art technologies will also bring even more environmental-friendly solutions in the years to come.”

On the final day more than 20 participants enjoyed the visit to the DRANCO installation in Brecht, a biogas plant which processes all garden and kitchen waste of the City of Antwerp and surrounding municipalities, powering 3,200 families in the province and producing high-quality compost.



Eva Hennig, study of Mechanical Engineering at TU Munich. With Thüga AG in Munich since 1989 in various positions. Active in the field of DSO regulation gas and electricity, sector coupling and renewable gas. Head of Department for EU Policy Issues.  Since 2012 chair of the Eurogas Distribution Committee. The Thüga Group constitutes the largest alliance of  municipal utilities in Germany active in the sectors gas, electricity, district heating and water.


The conference takes place at the Kinepolis Event Center, Groenendaallaan 394, 2030 Antwerp. You will find the entrance to the Event Center at the side of the building, opposite the parking area.

The conference dinner on Wednesday evenening takes place at the Hilton Antwerp Old Town hotel, Groenplaats 32, 2000 Antwerp.

Travelling by car
Kinepolis Event Center: check here  for route descriptions. Parking is free.

Hilton Antwerp Old Town: check here  for route descriptions. Parking (paid) is available at the Groenplaats.

Travelling by plane/train
Kinepolis Event Center: travel to station Antwerp-Luchtbal via Antwerp Central Station (in total approx. 40 minutes from Brussels Airport). From here it is only an 8 minute walk to Kinepolis. From Antwerp International Airport a taxi takes you to Kinepolis in approx. 15 minutes.

Hilton Antwerp Old Town: travel to Antwerp Central station (30 minutes from Brussels Airport). From there you can take the metro (get off at Groenplaats) or a taxi. From Antwerp International Airport a taxi takes you to the hotel in approx. 20 minutes.

A cloak room is available at Kinepolis, so you can store your luggage there.

Jesper is employed in Energinet (Danish Transmission System Operator) as a Senior Systems Analyst since 2006. He works in the department of System Operation and have a scientific background in physics and chemistry.

Jesper is an expert in gas quality and is involved in gas quality standardisation though Danish Standard. Additionally he has been working with the subjects of gas flow metering, gas quality analysis, and the introduction of the green gasses biomethane and hydrogen into the gas infrastructure.



Simona DangelosanteSimona D’Angelosante is employed at Snam, that is the main Italian Gas Infrastructures Operator. She is Gas Advocacy Manager in the Corporate Strategy Department. Her work is to support gas in a “greening the gas grid” perspective. She is involved in promoting gas and, in particular renewable gas, in mobility, power generation and Heating and Cooling sectors participating in working groups of the main Italian gas associations. She is member  of the IGU’s WOC5.3 about gas in mobility sector and takes part in the quantification group of the “Gas for Climate – A path to 2050” consortium with CIB, EBA and other European gas operators to demonstrate the large cost saving by using gas to achieve 95% emission reduction in 2050


Yvonne Heischkel studied chemistry at the University of Bayreuth in Germany and received her Ph.D. in Chemistry in 2000. In the same year, she joined the Polymer Research lab of BASF in Ludwigshafen heading a synthesis laboratory for coatings raw materials. At BASF she hold various positions in new business development of chemical intermediates and strategic marketing of plastic additives. Now she is a manager of strategic procurement of renewables. Her focus areas cover renewable feedstocks like sugars, ethanol, vegetable oils or biomethane, and their value chains as a drop in and for dedicated production processes.