German-Norwegian Energy Dialogue 2019

25. April 2019

Kongsveien 15
0193 Oslo

German-Norwegian Chamber of Commerce in cooperation with the German Embassy in Oslo, Thema Consulting Group and Selmer AS

German and Norwegian energy markets are closely inter-linked, and the effort to create a European internal energy market will contribute to a further deepening of this relationship. How can Norway and Germany benefit from a deepening of ties in the energy sector? And which technologies will prosper in an energy market in continuous transformation? The German-Norwegian Energy Dialogue is an arena for dialogue on the most important developments within the German-Norwegian energy cooperation. In cooperation with the Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany in Oslo, we invite industry, politicians and organizations from both countries to discuss the potential for intensified bilateral energy cooperation, as well as to share ideas and knowledge on market and technology developments.

At this year’s dialogue, we direct our focus on the technologies and energy carriers of tomorrow and discuss how Germany and Norway can work together to ensure energy security and decarbonization. The prospect of an exit from coal-based power generation in Germany – a so-called Kohleausstieg – provides both challenges and market opportunities for the affected energy producers and industry players. What does it take to successfully phase out coal, and how will it affect the market? What could and should be the role of Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) in a future energy system? And which energy carriers and technologies will prosper in an increasingly borderless European energy market? 



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Moderators: Dr. Arndt von Schemde, Managing Partner, THEMA Consulting Group AS
Liv Monica Stubholt, Energy Partner law firm Selmer AS

12.00 Registration and lunch

12.30 Welcome

  • Norbert Pestka, Managing Director of the German-Norwegian Chamber of Commerce
  • Alfred Grannas, German Ambassador to Norway

12.45 Deepened Energy Cooperation: What are the Possibilities?

  • Norwegian Contributions to Energy Security and the Decarbonization of Europe
    Rikard Gaarder Knutsen, State Secretary, Norwegian Ministry of Petroleum and Energy
  • From electricity transition to energy transition
    Thorsten Herdan, Director-General in the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy
  • Comments from Industry Representatives
    Hans-Joachim Polk, Member of the Executive Board, VNG
    Anja Bischof, Head of Representative Office Berlin, DEA
  • Discussion

13.45 Coffee Break


Changes in the German Energy System

  • Keynote: What Does It Take to Successfully Phase Out Coal? And How Fast Can Germany Go
    Philipp Litz, Project Manager, Agora Energiewende
  • Comments on the German Kohleausstieg from Industry Representatives
    Dr. Jürgen Tzschoppe, Executive Vice President International Power, Statkraft
    Kathrine Fog, Senior Vice President, Corporate Strategy & Analysis, Hydro
    Volkmar Pflug, Vice President Strategies, Market and Competitive Intelligence, Siemens Energy
  • Discussion




Connecting European Markets

  • What Could the Clean Energy Package Mean for Renewables Investments in Norway?
    Adrian Mekki, Consultant, Thema Consulting Group
  • Prospects for Wind Power From an Investor’s Perspective
    Joakim Johnsen, Senior Investment Manager, Aquila Capital
  • Creating a Large-Scale European Power Hub in the North Sea
    Angelika Grohmann-Wörle, Technical Work Stream Lead North Sea Wind Power Hub, TenneT TSO GmbH
  • The importance of cross-border research and innovation
    Dr. Nils A. Røkke, Executive Vice President Sustainability, SINTEF & Chair, European Energy Research Alliance (EERA)
  • Discussion

16.15 Coffee Break


The Norwegian Solution: Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS)

  • The Role of CCS Seen From Norway
    Trude Sundset, CEO, Gassnova
  • Carbon Capture at Norcem in Brevik
    Per Brevik, Director Sustainability and alternative fuels, HeidelbergCement Northern Europe
  • Carbon Capture at the Klemetsrud Waste-to-Energy Plant
    Jannicke Gerner Bjerkås, Director CCS, Fortum Oslo Varme AS
  • Transport and storage of CO2
    Paul James Sørheim, Commercial and Negotiations Leader, Northern Lights CCS Project, Equinor
  • Is CCS Politically Feasible in Germany in the Foreseeable Future?
    Hans-Joachim Kümpel, Project Leader CCU & CCS, Acatech
  • The Role of CCS From a German Industry’s Perspective
  • Discussion 

17.30 Wrap up and End of the Program

18.00 Networking Reception at Ekebergrestauranten


Dr. Arndt von Schemde

Managing Partner

THEMA Consulting Group AS

Liv Monica Stubholt

Energy Partner

Law firm Selmer AS


Rikard Gaarder Knutsen

State Secretary

Norwegian Ministry of Petroleum and Energy

Thorsten Herdan


German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy

Hans-Joachim Polk 

Member of the Executive Board


Anja Bischof

Head of Representative Office Berlin

DEA Deutsche Erdöl AG

Philipp Litz

Project Manager

Agora Energiewende

Dr. Jürgen Tzschoppe

Executive Vice President International Power


Kahtrine Fog

Senior Vice President, Head of Corporate Strategy & Analysis

Hydro ASA

Adrian Mekki


Thema Consulting Group

Joakim Johnsen

Senior Investment Manager

Aquila Capital

Angelika Grohmann-Wörle

Technical Work Stream Lead North Sea Wind Power Hub

TenneT TSO GmbH

Dr. Nils A. Røkke

Executive Vice President Sustainability



European Energy Research Alliace (EERA)

Trude Sundset



Per Brevik

Director Sustainability and Alternative Fuels

HeidelbergCement Northern Europe

Jannicke Gerner Bjerkås

Director CCS

Fortum Oslo Varme

Paul James Sørheim

Commercial and Negotiations Leader, Northern Lights CCS Project


Hans-Joachim Kümpel

Project Leader CCU & CCS