North-West Europe edition

14 december 2023


The conference focussed on the hydrogen transition of the industry and energy sectors. Bringing together the brightest leaders to make North-West Europe the frontrunner of the European hydrogen market.

View the programme herePractical info

Hydrogen Leadership Forum.

We are counting down until December 14th, when we will share knowledge and make connections. We hope to see you there!









Leading the Transition

Hydrogen has proven to be the European energy carrier of choice. Now the continent looks at its most effective production and uses. The North-West European region offers space for large scale renewable energy generation, it also already contains the most intense and state-of-the-art energy, manufacturing, and chemical industries of the continent in the six countries (NO, DK, DE, NL, BE, UK). The opportunity for profitable exploitation is clear, now we need action through a risky economic and political field.

Can we muster the courage to make the North-Sea the ‘battery of Europe’ in time for the climate goals? For that we need leaders willing to stick out, step forward, and take the initiative. Bringing these leaders together allows the sectors to coordinate their timelines, infrastructure, and future ambitions, so that all may enjoy the largest possible benefits from their investments.


First-mover advantage or disadvantage?
Cooperation in long-term projects
Investing during risky transitions
Leadership as catalyst for effective change
North-Sea as unique energy and industry asset
Grey hub-and-spoke: common CCUS infrastructure?
Supplying the supply: construction and manufacturing for the transition
Storage needed for scale - The economics of large hydrogen markets

speakers - Stay tuned!

Hans Coenen

Member of the Executive Board

Vegard Frihammer

Norsk Hydrogenforum

Jeroen Klumper

Director Sustainable Transition
Tata Steel

Florian Sayer

Head of Energy
Fraunhofer Institute (IFAM)

Joop Hazenberg

Secretary General
Zero Emissions Platform

Elisabet Babic

North Sea Commission

Rene Peters

Director Gas Technology

An Stroobandt

Deputy-Chief of Cabinet
Ministry of Energy Belgium

Magnolia Tovar

Global Director Zero-Carbon Fuels
Clean Air Task Force

Bas Pulles

Project Director Delta Rhine Corridor
Ministry of Economic Affairs & Climate

Prajeev Rasiah

Executive VP & Regional Director Energy Systems – Northern Europe

Per Olof Granström

Energy Climate Solution

Vibeke Rasmussen

SVP Product Management & Certification
Yara International

Dyonne Rietveld

CEO Benelux and SVP

Cora van Nieuwenhuizen

Energie Nederland

Jeroen Steens

Director Commercial Delivery
Port of Rotterdam

Marcel van de Kar

Global Director New Energies
Royal Vopak

Erik Darner

Managing Director Energy Transition and Clean Technology Advisory
S&P Global

Rodrigo Pinto Scholtbach

Hydrogen Envoy
Ministry of Economic Affairs and Climate, Netherlands


See the outlines of the programme of the upcoming edition below, in the next weeks we will publish the full programme

09.30 Reception + networking breakfast and coffee

We start the day with a quick introduction by our moderator, and thanking our hosting partners for helping us organize such a grand get-together.

With the recent Oostende agreement and the NSEC, the invited European countries have stated ambitious renewable energy generation goals in the North-Sea. Now we give them the opportunity to put it in practical terms, debate how these goals are best achieved, and how these governments can help you to contribute to their goals. Despite all their cooperation, national rules for hydrogen, renewable energy, and CCS still differ. How can these governments improve legislation to streamline cross-border operation and value-chains?

  • Rodrigo Pinto Scholtbach, Hydrogen Envoy, Ministry of Economic Affairs and Climate, Netherlands

11.25 Walking + coffee

The main goal of the hydrogen transition is to reduce CO2 emissions in Europe, but that does not mean we have the capacity to only switch to green hydrogen, nor are some industries yet capable of cutting production emissions entirely. CCS and CCU provide answers to both sectors.

In this session, we talk about the industrial economics of transitioning to hydrogen, when, for who, and where CCUS can be employed, transitioning conventional energy platforms to reduce their emissions or fulfil a role in the hydrogen chain, and the role of blue hydrogen in the energy system. With these tools at our disposal, Europe is set to become the first carbon-neutral continent!

Moderated by: Per Olof Granström, Owner, Energy Climate Solution

  • Jeroen Klumper, Director Sustainable Transition, Tata Steel
  • Vibeke Rasmussen, SVP Product Management and Certification Clean Ammonia Yara

The value chain of hydrogen does not start at the electrolyzer or SMR, but rather all the way back at the engineers and steel manufacturers that provide the technology and material for their assembly and that of its feeding windmills and gas platforms. In this session, we look at the importance of scaling the prerequired industries, such as manufacturing, engineering, and maritime construction, for realizing the transition on time.

For a quick transition, all parts need to move parallel to each other. Our panellists discuss how far back or forwards along the chain supportive policy should go to promote development to make sure one link does not drag down the whole chain.

What other factors are needed to scale the chain? Is storage the key to success or the costly prerequisite for a robust system? Can the industry be built modularly to allow growth with technology or are the scale advantages found in custom-designed facilities?

  • Dyonne Rietveld, CEO, Uniper Benelux
  • Marcel van der Kar, SVP Hydrogen, Vopak

13.00 Network Lunch

Infrastructure is the base of any attempt at creating a hydrogen economy and hybrid energy system, yet we are running into capacity issues for electricity and have little realized hydrogen pipeline in our backbones. Connection between facilities and industrial clusters is needed to scale and make the use of hydrogen secure, flexible, and ubiquitous.

In this session, we discuss how to realize international infrastructure, its spatial planning, rules of international development and operation of multinational projects, and the role of ports, maritime sector, and industrial clusters, to develop the most efficient web and/or hub-and-spoke that serves the needs of everyone in the region:

Continuing the topic, we now open the floor to economic experts from institutes and consultancies throughout the region, to debate what the main hurdles and benefits there are to coordination, and which can be overcome by it.

To do so, we all need to have the same timeline in mind. The experts will discuss market development and the different possible scenarios to give you the best timeframe for investing parallel with the industry.

  • Florian Sayer, Head of Energy, Fraunhofer Institute
  • Prajeev Rasiah, Executive VP & Regional Director Energy Systems – Northern Europe, DNV
  • Erik Darner, Managing Director Energy Transition & Clean Technology Advisory, S&P Global
  • Rene Peters, Business Director Gas Technology, TNO

15.00 Break - Walking + Coffee

Now it is your turn to be a leader and work together with others. Divided into 5 topics, you will find discuss your problems and successes in your operations to find new possibilities for deals and coordinate projects with others at the table, under the guidance of an expert in the field. The groups cover a wide range of subjects, from infrastructure to climate goals.


A: Infastructure
Moderated by: Cora van Nieuwenhuizen, Chair of Energie-Nederland and former Minister of Infrastructure and Water Management, Dutch Government

B: Spatial planning and environmental policy
Moderated by: Elisabet Babic, Vice-President North-Sea Commission and 1st Vice-Chair Growth Committee Halland, Sweden

C: CCS & blue hydrogen
Moderated by: Joop Hazenberg, Secretary General, Zero Emissions Platform

D: Production Technologies

E: Imports
Moderated by: Magnolia Tovar, Global Director Zero-Carbon Fuels, Clean Air Task Force

16.00 Break - Walking + Coffee

Not all projects just need like-minded people from the same sector, sometimes it is a question of proximity, that determines usefulness to one another. Here we divided the region into roughly 5 ‘streams’ of hydrogen between countries, called corridors. This way we are all forced to think regionally with potential partners for an infrastructure project, an off-taker of your hydrogen, or a provider of CCS for your production.

Each corridor will be moderated by an important figure from the respective area, with the 5th corridor being the truly international ‘middle’ of the North-Sea, where multinational investment and infrastructure is needed for efficient transportation and production, with the pinnacle being the new energy islands!

A: Northernmost corridor (United Kingdom <- -> Norway)
Moderated by: Vegard Frihammer, Chairman Norsk Hydrogenforum and CEO/Founder Greenstat

B: Danish straits corridor (Norway <- -> Denmark <- -> Germany)

C: Benelux corridor (Germany <- -> The Netherlands <- -> Belgium)
Moderated by: Bas Pulles, Project Directeur Delta Rhine Corridor, Ministry of Economic Affairs and Climate (NL)

D: Channel crossing corridor (The Netherlands/Belgium <- -> UK)
Moderated by: An Stroobandt, Deputy-Chief of Cabinet, Ministry of Energy Belgium

E: Common North Sea production and storage area (far off coast sites and energy islands in central North Sea)

To add that last bit of leadership and inspiration to your take-away of this programme, an influential figure will reiterate the importance of the hydrogen transition for Europe, and why it must happen today, not tomorrow.

Speaker winner Hydrogen Leadership Award

17.35 Closing, networking and drinks!

More information Sign up here! Go to the awards


Media Partners


Location & Parking

This is in one of the most beautiful locations in Rotterdam with a view of the Maas and the Erasmus Bridge. You are welcome for this beautiful historical building VNAB. Address: Boompjes 3011XS ROTTERDAM Parking De Boompjes (Terwenakker 18)


The event will bring together roughly 150 directors, senior managers, and policy makers from the energy and industry sectors, as well as ports, TSO’s, and consultants. Accompanying the main group, there certainly will be research institutes, financial actors, and other interested parties with a stake in the region and/or the transition.

Participating companies from the last iteration included:

AAB, Accenture, AECOM Netherlands, Air Liquide, Air Products, allesoverwaterstof.nl, Antea Group, ArcelorMittal Group, Avecom, Baker Hughes, BAS.F, Batenburg Installatietechniek, Berenschot, Bluebird Consultant, Bona iDea Advisory, Bosal, Bosch Rexroth, Bronkhorst High-Tech B.V., Brunei Shell, Bureau Veritas, CEFIC, CERI, Chemelot Campus, General-Consulate Antwerpen of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, Corbion, DAF Trucks NV, DCM EMBA, Deloitte, Deltalinqs, DEME Concessions NV, DEME Offshore, DNV GL, Dow Benelux, Dredging International NV, EBN, Ecotradex GmbH, E-Group a.s., Enduris, Eneco, Eneco Wind Belgium, Energeia, ENGIE, ENGIE CC, ENGIE Electrabel, EOLY , Eon energy Projects, ERAC Innovation, E-Trucks Europe, European Commission, Evides Industriewater, EvoBus Nederland BV, ExxonMobil, Flanders Investment & Trade, Flow Meter Group International, Flow Meter Group International, Fluvius, Fluvius System Operator CVBA, Flying Fish Maritime Innovations, Gasunie, Gate Terminal, Municipality of Amsterdam, Municipality of Rotterdam, Greenspread, Groningen Seaports, H. Essers, Heerema Marine Contractors, Heylen Warehouses, University of Applied Sciences Rotterdam, Huisman Equipment, Hunter Douglas Europe, Hydrasun, Hystream, Hyundai Motor Netherlands, Iemants, IHI Hauzer Techno Coating, IMC, Imperial College London, InnoEnergy, Iv-Industrie, Jan De Nul group, JFCC, John Laing, KH Engineering, Knaap Tankstation, Linde Gas, Louwman & Parqui, Lucifer GCV, MarFlex Europe, MEvL – Future Energy Learning & Consultancy, Ministry of Internal Affairs and Kingdom Relations (NL), Ministry of Economic Affairs and Climate Policy (NL), NautaDutilh, Nav-Tech, Nel Hydrogen, Neptune Energy Netherlands, Netherlands Aerospace Centre, NIBC Bank, Nouryon, NRC Media, NV Bekaert SA, NV Vinçotte SA, Offshore Independents Personnel, Oiltanking Europe, East Netherlands Development Agency, Oranje-Nassau Energy, ORTEC, Otary RS NV, Petersburg Consultants | WSP, PMF Pressure Equipment, PMV, Port of Amsterdam, Port of Antwerp, Port of Duisburg, Port of Roenne, Port of Rotterdam, Pro6com BV, Province South-Holland, Purac Biochem, Rivermaas, Rosier SA, Rotterdam Mainport Institute, Royal Boskalis Westminster, RWE Generation SE, Saint Gobain Construction Products Belgium, SBM Offshore, SEA-invest, Shell, Shell Hydrogen, Shell New Fuels, Shell Switzerland AG, Siemens NV, Soltegro, Solvay, SPDG, Statkraft Markets, SUEZ Deutschland GmbH, Tata Steel, Tauw, Tech Tour, Teijin Aramid, TenneT, The Clean Technologies Design Desk, Thomas More, thyssenKrupp Steel Europe AG, TNO, Toyota Motor Europe, Toyota Tshusho Europe, Tradinco Instruments, TU Delft, TWI Ltd., Uniper Benelux, University of Antwerpen, UNO-X, Valve World, Van der Spek Vianen , Van Hool, Van Oord Offshore, Vattenfall, Vattenfall Vindkraft A/S, VDL Group, Viessmann Belgium, VIL, Visser & Smit Hanab, Flemish Energy Agency, Vopak Netherlands, Westfalen BV – SRL, Wienerberger NV, Witteveen + Bos, Wystrach GmbH, Yokogawa Europe BV, Yokogawa Europe Solutions

Registration fee

14 December – conference day: Hydrogen Leadership Forum
The participation fee is €649,- (excl. VAT*) per person for the conference on the 14th of December. This includes lunch, refreshments and documentation.

13 December – evening: Hydrogen Leadership Award and Gala
Tickets can be bought at €249,-(excl. VAT*) per person including dinner and drinks.

13 + 14 December – combination ticket: Award + Gala and Conference
Buy a combination ticket and save money. The participation fee for both the 13th and 14th of December is €799,- (excl. VAT*) per person. This includes dinner and gala on the 13th and conference, lunch, refreshments and documentation on the 14th.

Prefer a full table for your company and contacts for the Hydrogen Leadership Awards? Or do you want to join as partner? Please contact Alain Meijer by email or call +31 10 313 09 60.

Should you be unable to attend the conference yourself, a substitute delegate is welcome at no extra charge. Cancellations must be received in writing at least 3 weeks before the start of the event. The company regrets that no refund will be made available for cancellation notifications received less than 3 weeks before the event.

Have a look at our events!

Get a taste of a Management Producties event!

Stay up to date!

Do you want to be kept up to date on the latest developments and future activities? Then sign up for our newsletter.

Meld je aan voor de nieuwsbrief

Meld je aan en je ontvangt maximaal 1x in de maand onze nieuwsbrief.