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European Industry & Energy Summit 21 discusses decarbonisation drive

Uniper’s Patrick Nanninga spoke at the European Industry & Energy Summit 21, which took place earlier this week, held in Rotterdam, The Netherlands, as a hybrid event with additional online access.  
European Industry & Energy Summit 21 discusses decarbonisation drive
Courtesy of Uniper/Patrick Nanninger

The annual summit focused on a variety of subjects such as emission-free hydrogen, chemcycling, energy efficiency, electrification, carbon capture, usage and storage (CCUS), biobased chains and more.

The drive for decarbonisation is clear, but tackling the issue of climate change requires more than goals and ambition as Patrick Nanninga, responsible for commercial business development at Uniper, explained during his presentation at the summit.

According to Mr Nanninga, we need to move from single products to sustainable green value chains. However, such a transition is not simple and brings with it quite a few challenges. Challenges companies struggle with are, for example, increasing gas prices and the European Emission Trading System, as well as the increasing volatility of commodity prices. Although companies have the ambition to decarbonise, they don’t know how to realise these, and so a number of companies are asking for complex solutions instead of single products to support their decarbonisation efforts.

“Uniper could help them on their journey towards zero carbon” said Mr Nanninga. “Our expertise in decarbonisation is of high value, as two thirds of all CO2 emissions in industry are energy-driven. We can design an individually tailored decarbonisation road map and offer enabling solutions to help make it a reality. We can also show customers how to use less energy and enhance their operations with energy efficiency measures, demand-side management, flexibility services, and a range of monitoring and diagnostic tools.”

Put simply, decarbonisation cannot be achieved by a one-size-fits-all solution but demands an actual transition; it needs collaborative action and systemic change. A task to be tackled better together.

Patrick Nanninga rejoins Uniper’s Asset Based Contracting unit from January 1st onwards as Business Development manager for the Netherlands. Asset Based Contracting develops, invests, implements and operates low/zero carbon energy systems together with the energy intensive industry. Previously, Patrick worked as commercial director electricity and gas in the oil and gas sector, general director of a start-up/Innovation accelerator: Agile for E.ON and Director B2B for E.ON in the Benelux.

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