Clean Molecules for the Energy Transition

3 weeks

Clean Molecules: Hydrogen, Biogas, Biomethane, Synthetic Gas

Within the EU Green Deal vision and framework, renewable, low-carbon, and even emission-negative gases have a key role to play in decarbonising the EU economy and improving the security and affordability of energy.

These so called “clean molecules”(biogases, hydrogen, and synthetic gases) can support in areas where direct electrification is not possible or practical, provide solutions in key ‘hard to abate’ areas of the economy, as well as facilitating the development of circular economies and the integration of energy sectors. The energy crisis in Europe over the past 12 months or so has also brought an added impetus to accelerate the growth of these sectors to improve the EU’s energy security.

For these reasons (and more besides) clean molecules are attracting growing attention from policymakers and industry, making the debate around their uptake in strategic areas an important EU policy and regulatory focus.

The ‘Clean Molecules for the Energy Transition’ course from the Florence School of Regulation covers the key issues in this fast-evolving area. The three-week training (2 weeks of reading and preparation, 1 week of live classes) offers a comprehensive overview of the development of clean molecules in the EU and beyond.

The course is delivered by leading professionals from academia, policy-making, and the world of practice, through:

  • targeted reading and audiovisual materials
  • presentation of relevant case studies
  • topical and interactive discussions
  • specialist lectures
  • panel debates

Registration is open to all professionals (institutions, utilities, associations, academics and researchers) following the debate on the decarbonisation of the energy sector. See the draft programme attached for more details on the content, and do not hesitate to reach out in case of questions.

  • Dates
    12 Jun 2023 - 30 Jun 2023
  • Level
    Specialised
  • Type
    Online
  • Workload
    8 hours/week
  • Register by
    09 Jun 2023
Overview

The EU Green Deal established a vision and a framework towards the goal of carbon neutrality for the bloc by 2050. This vision has since been applied in subsequent strategies pertaining to key areas, for example the Energy System Integration Strategy (2020) and the EU Hydrogen Strategy (2020). These two Communications envisage a prominent role in decarbonising the energy sector for the so-called “renewable and low carbon gases” or “clean molecules” (biogas, biomethane, hydrogen and synthetic methane).

Despite limited use of clean molecules to date, they are quickly attracting growing attention from policy makers and industry who see them as a potential sector coupling tool to balance energy grids as well as a means to decarbonise certain hard-to-abate sectors. As a result, the debate around clean molecules and their uptake in strategic areas has become an important EU policy and regulatory focus.

However, is the attention and excitement around clean molecules justified? How important are clean molecules for the achievement of carbon neutrality and in which areas? How are clean molecules different from each other and how are they different from fossil alternatives? What economic and regulatory barriers are stifling their market uptake and how can they be removed? Which technologies seem more promising and cost-efficient? We will explore all of these questions and more.

This intensive online training is expected to engage you for approximately 8 hours/week (excluding live classes).

Course structure

Week 1 & 2 (12-25 June 2023) | Offline preparation for the course

  • Welcome Class
    12 June 2023, 12:00-13:00 CEST

Week 3 (27 June – 1 July 2023) | Online live classes

  • Day 1 | Clean molecules in the EU
    Monday 26 June 2023 CEST

9.00-9.15 AM Welcome and Orientation

9:15-10:15 Lecture 1: The role of clean molecules in the Green Deal & Fit for 55

10.15-11.15 Lecture 2: Mapping the system: products, processes, and taxonomies

11.15-11.30 coffee break

11.30-12.30 Case study 1: Biogas and biomethane & Mini lecture 1: EU scenario planning & critical analysis of end uses

12.30-13.30 Lunch break

13.30-14.30 Panel Debate: Transportation of clean molecules

  • Day 2 | Hydrogen
    Tuesday 27 June 2023 CEST

9.00-9.15 AM Welcome and Orientation

9:15-10:15 Lecture 3: Producing green hydrogen and synthetic fuels with Power-to-X technology

10.15-11.15 Case study 2: Market uptake of hydrogen

11.15-11.30 coffee break

11.30-12.30 Mini lecture 2: REPowerEU & Hydrogen Accelerator & Interactive session 1: How to make hydrogen cost-effective?

12.30-13.30 Lunch break

13.30-14.30 Panel Debate: National strategies for a hydrogen economy

  • Day 3 | Regulation and markets
    Wednesday 28 June 2023 CEST

9.00-9.15 AM Welcome and Orientation

9:15-10:15 Lecture 4: The regulators perspective: networks and markets

10.15-11.15 Lecture 5: The Hydrogen and Decarbonised Gas Market Package

11.15-11.30 coffee break

11.30-12.30 Mini lecture 3: CBAM and international trade & Interactive session 2: Stranded assets: what’s next?

12.30-13.30 Lunch break

13.30-14.30 Panel Debate: Hydrogen and industrial competitiveness: EU, US, China

  • Day 4 | Externalities of a clean molecules economy
    Thursday 29 June 2023 CEST

9.00-9.15 AM Welcome and Orientation

9:15-10:15 Lecture 6: Security of supply for renewable energy supply chains

10.15-11.15 Lecture 7: Consumer engagement and the risk of greenwashing

11.15-11.30 coffee break

11.30-12.30 Mini lecture 4: Emissions from clean molecules & Interactive session 3: How to build resilient supply chains?

12.30-13.30 Lunch break

13.30-14.30 Panel Debate: Empowering consumers to support decarbonisation of the gas sector

  • Day 5 | EU perspective and participant presentations
    Friday 30 June 2023 CEST

9.00-9.15 AM Welcome and Orientation

9:15-10:15 Lecture 8: The future of network regulation

10.15-12.30 Mastery challenge presentationsFeedback & closing remarks

Content
  • The EU context and policy debate
  • Definitions (taxonomy) of renewable and low-carbon gas
  • Biogas and biomethane production processes
  • Energy decarbonisation in non-EU countries
  • Energy transition challenges
  • Transporting renewable and low carbon gases
  • Power-to-gas: technology and costs
  • Pyrolysis: technology and costs
  • CCS: how it works and pilot projects
  • National hydrogen/ decarbonisation strategies
  • The main regulatory barriers for clean molecules
  • A dynamic approach to regulation
  • Triggering development via the ETS
  • Governance of the decarbonised gas sector
  • Clean molecules and methane emissions
  • How to design a circular economy
  • Decarbonisation in LNG and storage
Learning objectives

This training will provide specialist insight into:

  • How clean molecules are different from their fossil alternatives
  • How clean molecules can support the energy transition in Europe
  • The impact of clean molecules on the environment
  • The latest developments in the sector covering the different gases and technologies
  • The market potential of clean molecules and how their uptake can be supported
  • The role of clean molecules in achieving EU long-term climate and energy objectives
  • Legal and regulatory challenges related to the uptake of clean molecules
Target group and knowledge level

Registration is open to all professionals (institutions, utilities, associations, academics and researchers) following the debate on decarbonisation of the energy system who are interested in having a deeper understanding of the future role of gas and its support to the energy transition.

No specific academic background is required. The language of instruction is English.

FSR Annual Scholarships

Each year, the Florence School of Regulation – Energy and Climate (FSR Energy & Climate) awards scholarships for a wide variety of training courses targeting a broad audience of professionals and academics.

Applications will be assessed by a Selection Committee of FSR members on a yearly basis. The successful candidates will be informed by the end of February 2023 and will be provided with all relevant information on how to enroll in the online course or residential training of their choice.

Send your application by 31 January 2023.

Find more information here

Fees & Cancellation policy
Fees:
  • General fee: 1,870 EUR
  • Student fee: 440 EUR
  • Associate donors fee (10%): 1,683 EUR
  • Major donors fee (20%): 1,496 EUR
  • Star donors fee (25%): 1,402 EUR

Cancellation policy 

Paid registration fee is non-refundable. However, registrant substitution may be made up to 20 days before the start date of the course. 

The Learning Approach
Collaborative
A chance to collaborate with your peers the main experts in the field.
Interactive
Join a community of experts to discuss the latest developments in the sector.
Real-life cases
Address a European real-life case with the support of our instructors.
Online interactive sessions
Weekly live classes with different Course Instructors. Participants will have a close interaction with the Instructors during the live sessions.
Course Faculty

Any doubt?
Contact your course facilitator

Contact Marina
Ilaria Conti | Course Director

In which areas do clean molecules have the most potential? Which economic and regulatory measures are needed in order to facilitate their market uptake? Join our Clean Molecules for the Energy Transition online course to explore these questions with us.

What Participants say about this course

It was a horizon broadening and enlightening training. Thanks to the highly qualified trainers and the effective documents they prepared, we had the chance to improve our knowledge and to evaluate and digest this knowledge through active discussions.

Participant from the 2023 edition

This course is perfect! I have improved my knowledge on Clean Molecules so much, and I hope it could be longer!! The panelists and also the stuff of the course were amazing. They exceeded my expectations!

Participant from the 2023 edition

I would definitely recommend this course to anyone in the energy industry as this course give a broad perspective of the energy transition scenarios and what it means for not just the EU, but for other regions.

Participant from the 2023 edition

I would definitely recommend this course to anyone in the energy industry as this course give a broad perspective of the energy transition scenarios and what it means for not just the EU, but for other climes.

Participant from the 2022 edition

It was a horizon broadening and enlightening training. Thanks to the highly qualified trainers and the effective documents they prepared, we had the chance to improve our knowledge and to evaluate and digest this knowledge through active discussions.

Participant from the 2022 edition

The course provided a good insight into future energy solutions based on clean molecules. The course program covered strategic, technical, regulatory and economic issues on a specific topic. The meeting with experts in panel discussions was a good opportunity to discuss current issues with industry decision-makers.

Olavs Kiecis, Head of Development, Latvijas Gāze

The course opened up the opportunity for me to learn more about the topic of Clean Molecules: the broad scope of topics, the current relevance to the European discourse and, most importantly, the access to renowned personalities in the field were unique. After "Regulation of the Power Sector" and "Executive Course on Electricity Markets", this course was another great experience with the Florence School of Regulation for me! (Marc Bahlo)

Participant from the 2022 edition

It was a very usefull course, with all the new topics concernig H2 and renewable gases being discussed in EU and all over the world.

Participant from the 2022 edition
Course in numbers
3
Editions
38
Instructors
81
Participants
15
Countries of origin

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