Eurogas appoints Engie director as president
European gas industry group Eurogas has appointed Didier Holleaux, executive vice-president of French Engie, as its president with effect from June 11, it said. He succeeds Philippe Sauquet, formerly of TotalEnergies.
Holleaux commented: “In these crucial years for the EU energy sector, we must ensure the recognition of the role of gases (natural gas, biogas and hydrogen) in the transition. Gases will be key to addressing climate change, economic recovery and providing EU job creation."
Eurogas secretary-general James Watson said that Holleaux brought "a wealth of gas sector experience. His focus on renewable gases and higher education aligns perfectly with Eurogas goals, such as training and reskilling the workforce to scale up decarbonisation technologies.”
He added that Sauquet's term as president had been one of significant progress, "in which we increased ambition to decarbonise the EU gas sector soon after 2045, joined key platforms like the Methane Guiding Principles and developed considerable political support for binding 2030 EU targets to reduce the greenhouse gas intensity of gas consumed and scale up renewable gas in consumption.”
IEA chief economist moves to Shell
Separately, the International Energy Agency's chief economist, Laszlo Varro, is to join the Anglo-Dutch major Shell where he will be head of scenarios, succeeding Jeremy Bentham. He was at the Paris-based watchdog for a decade, the last five of which as chief economist, taking over from the present CEO Fatih Birol. Varro was a regular fixture at energy conferences where he would inject a note of realism into often abstract panel discussions.
On his LinkedIn page he wrote that Shell has embarked on a transformation more profound than anything in its long history but said it would achieve its net zero goal thanks to its technical expertise, among other attributes. Shell lost a court case brought by seven environmental groups in late May.