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Cabinet of Commissioner Kadri SIMSON - Minutes of Meeting 
Ref. Ares(2020)7906432 - 23/12/2020
 
MEETING CONCLUSIONS 
Title 
Meeting between Commissioner Kadri Simson and ENGIE representatives 
Date 
07/07/2020 
Participants 
Ext : 
 
 
COM: Commissioner Simson ; Thor-Sten Vertmann ; 
 
 
Ares initial request : (2020)707043 
 
Disclosure authorization : ܆ YES  -  ܆ NO  -  ܆ Partial (pls highlight unauthorized parts) 
Issues raised 
Points of discussion 
& follow-up 
Commissioner Simson: 
• 
Commission will adopt Energy System Integration and Hydrogen strategies tomorrow / 
8 July. 
• 
ESI as the roadmap for energy policy of the current Commission. 
• 
Three pillars: energy efficiency and circularity; electrification; renewable fuels for hard 
to electrify sectors. 
• 
Other priorities by end-year: Offshore; Renovation Wave. 
Claire Waysand: 
• 
ENGIE’s views are largely converging with views expressed in ESI and H2 strategies. 
• 
ENGIE is very involved in the development of biomethane and green hydrogen. Also 
renewable electricity and nuclear. 
• 
We have to be careful about the role of electricity in heating. Risks of increasing peak 
demand.  
• 
In the short run, natural gas plays a role to decarbonise our system – in those countries 
operating coal plants. 
• 
Need for a proper regulatory framework and funding framework at EU level to support 
the deployment of green gases, especially biomethane. Also in the short-term context of post-
Covid recovery. There are strong pipelines of projects ready to start in several EU MS. 
• 
Overall, best trajectory to decarbonisation is to rely on “both feet”, electricity and gas. 
Taxonomy should recognize that. 
• 
The framework should enable a variety of technologies to grow and compete.  
• 
ENGIE supports a floor for carbon pricing. The mechanism should be robust and simple. 
Not needed to create new tools, new taxes, but use existing instruments.