Following the Paris Agreement a swift transition to sustainable energy is needed to reach the climate goals of net zero emissions by 2050. Hydrogen and (offshore) wind energy are key elements in this transition. While governments and industry commit to these goals, the needed highly innovative approaches in the energy supply and value chains often come from SMEs. Experience however has shown that fully integrating these SMEs and leveraging their innovation potential is difficult and requires attention.
The transition is central for the development of the blue economy in the North Sea Region, with a traditionally strong oil and gas sector and distribution function, in conjunction with the ambitions to be a leading renewable energy hub. The interregional dimension poses some challenges, but most of all opportunities for the region and its SMEs.
The Periscope Forum focusses on these issues. The challenges and opportunities are discussed from different perspectives (politics, policy and business) by direct stakeholders with the aim to contribute to the future actions and policies to exploit the opportunities at regional level and enable SMEs to drive the innovation.
Lambert van Nistelrooy
Martyn Tulloch, OGTC
Jan-Jaap Aué, Hanze Hogeschool
Stian Vere, Equinor
Kjell O. Johannessen, Green Energy Network
Anne Pintz, North Sea Region
09:00 Opening and welcome
09:10 Key note
09:25 Regional dimension in Hydrogen Value Chain
09:40 Panel discussion on regional collaboration
10:10 Challenges in the hydrogen value chain for innovative SMEs
10:25 Panel discussion on SME challenges and drivers
10:50 Policy messages
11:00 Forum close