Events > Roadmap to Hydrogen: UK and Italy Strategies in the Race to Net Zero

The Roadmap to Hydrogen:
UK and Italy Strategies in the
Race to Net Zero

Friday, 1 October 2021 11:00-13:00 CEST


About the Event

The UK Science & Innovation Network and the Department for International Trade (DIT) cordially invite you to join an online presentation of the UK and Italy Hydrogen National Strategies. An occasion to discuss with the panellists, including the Italian Ministry for Ecological Transition and the UK Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, key issues and opportunities in the development and deployment of low carbon hydrogen technologies.
The rising interest in hydrogen is explained by its versatility in tackling the critical energy and climate challenges. Low carbon hydrogen will be critical to decarbonise ‘hard to abate’ industrial sectors and provide a variety of applications with easy to store, portable, and flexible green energy. It is envisaged as a significant element of the future energy scenario and fuel mix for transport, where fuel cell technology are paving the way for cutting down GHG emissions and enhancing energy security.
The UK and Italy are developing their National Strategies to seize hydrogen’s manifold opportunities. This event will offer a kick-off platform to compare strategies and provide room for exchange and cooperation on policies and on technology developments and implementation, both at bilateral and multilateral level.


Ms Iona Mylek, Head of Hydrogen Strategy, UK Department for Business Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS)

Ms Mylek is Head of Hydrogen Strategy at BEIS. Overseeing the development and implementation of the UK’s first ever Hydrogen Strategy (August 2021), her’s remit covers supply and demand, systems and innovation, public and consumer awareness and international activity, including Mission Innovation.
Ms Mylek has held a number of climate change/energy related policy, strategic and service delivery roles in the Civil Service with prior experience in academia. Ms Mylek studied political science and international relations at University of Otago, New Zealand, before winning a Rhodes Scholarship to study at Oxford University.

Prof. Mercedes Maroto-Valer, (FRSE, FIChemE, FRSC, FRSA, FEI), Champion and Director UK Industrial Decarbonisation Research and Innovation Centre (IDRIC), Heriot-Watt University

Professor Mercedes Maroto-Valer (FRSE, FIChemE, FRSC, FRSA, FEI) is Champion and Director of the UK Industrial Decarbonisation Research and Innovation Centre (IDRIC) focused on accelerating the decarbonisation of industrial clusters. Mercedes is also Associate Principal (Global Sustainability) at Heriot-Watt University overseeing the environmental sustainability effort across our global campuses and working with partners to achieve global carbon reduction targets. Her internationally recognised track record covers energy systems, CCUS, integration of hydrogen technologies and low carbon fuels. She has over 550 publications, including editor of 4 books, and holds leading positions in professional societies and editorial boards and has received numerous international prizes and awards.

Dr. Giorgio Graditi, Italian National Agency for New Technologies, Energy and Sustainable Economic Development

Dr. Eng. Giorgio Graditi - PhD in Electrical Engineering / Director of the Department of Energy Technologies and Renewable Sources of ENEA (Italian National Agency for New Technologies, Energy and Sustainable Economic Development), Rome.
From April 2019, he is the President of MEDENER, and from May 2019 is the Coordinator of the Scientific Technical Committee of National Energy Technological Cluster under the Ministry of Education, University and Research. He is the vice-coordinator of the Joint Programme on Smart Grid (JP SG) within European Energy Research Alliance (EERA).

Professor Tony Roskilly, Chair of Energy Systems, Department of Engineering at Durham University 

Professor Tony Roskilly has 30 years' experience in the design, control, and operational optimisation of transport and energy systems. He is Professor of Energy Systems and a Director of Durham Energy Institute, Academic Lead of the Teesside Industry Cluster, member of the BEIS Hydrogen Advisory Council Research & Innovation Group, and the North of England Hydrogen Forum.
He is on the Steering Board of the Department for Transport Hydrogen Transport Hub and leads the EPSRC Network plus for Hydrogen-fuelled Transportation and is driving research and development in a number of current sustainable transport, power and energy projects in relation to hydrogen technology. These include UKRI and industrial funded projects; Hydrogen-fuelled Power Generation for HEVs; Industrial Decarbonisation Research and Innovation Centre; Zero-Carbon Emission Integrated Cooling, Heating and Power (ICHP) Networks; The Road to Zero; Decarbonisation of Low Temperature Process Heat Industry and A Zero-Emission Closed-loop linear-Joule Cycle (ZECCY) engine generator.

Mr Philip D. Hemmens, Head of Northern Europe Management, ENI S.p.A. 

Philip D. Hemmens is Head of Northern Europe Management for ENI S.p.A., and Chairman of the Board of Vår energi in Norway. In 20 years with ENI, he has held several senior positions including Managing Director for ENI in Norway, UK and Pakistan; Senior Vice President HSEQ; Regional Vice President – Business Development and Transportation Asia; and Vice President Technical Services for ENI Lasmo. Mr Hemmens joined ENI when they acquired Lasmo plc, having previously worked for Conoco and Schlumberger. He holds degrees in Physics and Petroleum Engineering from Imperial College, London and a Diploma in General Management from IMD, Lausanne.

Dr. Stefano Raimondi, Director Division VI - New technologies and research in the energy and geo-resources sector, Climate and Energy Dept.- Ministry of the Ecological Transition (MITE)

In charge for research and innovation on energy and coordinator of the national electrical research plan gathering the most important Italian public research organizations. Delegate for Mission Innovation 2.0. and senior official for Powered Future Mission and Hydrogen Mission.  Responsible for the Italian Hydrogen Working Group developing the Italian Strategy for hydrogen, coordinator of the Hydrogen Cluster projects within the RRNP -Recovery and Resiliency National Plan (EU).

Moderator: Ms Caroline Burleigh, Hydrogen, Heat & CCUS Advisor, Energy & Infrastructure, Department for International Trade

Caroline Burleigh is a trade & investment advisor for hydrogen and low carbon heating at the UK’s Department for International Trade. Prior to joining DIT, she worked as an Energy Research Analyst at a global consulting firm.