2 Dec 2021 / Digital Event

Germany as a hub — the role of energy infra­structures for a successful European Green Deal!

This was the 2021 Energy Policy Dialogue

This new decade will determine whether we are able to solve one of the biggest challenges of our time. If Germany and Europe manage to successfully address climate change and the energy transition as the existential challenges facing humanity, then this will set an example that resounds globally. Here Germany, as one of the world’s leading economies and the hub of the European energy supply system, will play a crucial role in securing the competitiveness of both Germany and Europe as business locations. As one of the leading transmission system operators in Europe, OGE is making its contribution to the success of this transformation.

With its climate protection targets and decarbonisation strategy, as well as its European Green Deal, the European Commission is aiming to set a definitive course for the successful transition to a modern, resource-efficient and competitive Europe, set to be the first continent to become climate-neutral by 2050.

Against this backdrop, this year‘s Energy Policy Dialogue looked at Germany’s role within the EU for achieving its climate and energy policy objectives, as well as for the successful implementation of the European Green Deal.

Watch our discussion highlights

These were the panellists on our podium:
Dr. Jörg Bergmann
Chairman of the Management Board of Open Grid Europe GmbH

Key areas: Strategy, network planning, customer service and human resources

Born 1962

Jörg Bergmann completed an apprenticeship and later studied economics at the University of Münster, where he also obtained his doctorate.

In 1987, he became a research assistant at the University of Münster.

After joining E.On Ruhrgas AG in 1994 as part of a management development programme, he became division manager for accounting and shareholdings.

From 1995 to 1997, he was assistant to the CFO before taking over as head of the joint ventures department.

In 2000, he became head of the joint ventures and investment projects department.

In 2002, he took over as Vice President Cost Controlling and in 2003 as Senior Vice-President of Cost Controlling.

In January 2008, Dr. Jörg Bergmann was appointed as Member of the Board of Management of Open Grid Europe GmbH.

Since July 2017, he is Chairman of the Management Board of Open Grid Europe GmbH.

Jens Geier
Member of the European Parliament, S&D Group
  • Since the beginning of 2017, Jens Geier has been Chair of the European SPD.
  • He is a member of the Committee on Industry, Research and Energy and a substitute member of the Committee on Budgets.
  • Since 14 July 2009, Jens Geier has represented the cities of Duisburg, Essen, Mülheim and Oberhausen, as well as the districts of Kleve, Viersen and Wesel in the European Parliament.
  • From 2006 he worked first at innova AG, then at Deloitte in the field of real estate projects.
  • From 2001 to 2006 he was project manager and press spokesman with Projekt Ruhr GmbH.
  • Jens Geier worked in public relations for the SPD party executive from 1992 to 1999 and for the SPD regional executive in North Rhine-Westphalia from 1999 to 2001.
  • He is also involved with IG Metall, the Workers' Welfare Association and the Association for Child and Youth Work in Socially Deprived Areas (Verein für Kinder-/ Jugendarbeit in sozialen Brennpunkten e.V.).
  • He studied history, literature and politics at Ruhr University Bochum and worked as a research assistant to an SPD MEP from 1989.
Holger Lösch
Deputy Director General, BDI

Holger Lösch has been a member of the BDI Executive Board since 2011 and Deputy Director General of the BDI since 2017. Previously, Mr Lösch worked within the BDI as a member of the BDI management (from 2009) and as Head of Communications and Marketing (from 2008).

From 2007 to 2008 he was in charge of the management of Corporate Development, Communications and Customer Relation Management of Arabella Hotel Holding Munich.

Between 2001 and 2007, Mr Lösch worked for the Schörghuber Group of Companies after having held various management positions at Bayerischer Rundfunk between 1995 and 2001.

Stephan Singer
Senior Climate Science and Global Energy Policy Advisor, Climate Action Network

Dr Singer joined the Climate Action Network (CAN) as Senior Advisor for Climate Science and Global Energy Policy for the International Secretariat in 2016. In this role, he supports international CAN initiatives.

From 1993 to 2016, he worked with WWF in various senior positions on European and global climate and energy policy. Prior to that he was a project manager with GIZ, the German Agency for International Cooperation, from 1989 to 1992.  

In addition, Dr Singer regularly reviews the IEA's annual World Energy Outlook.

Dr. Kirsten Westphal
German Institute for International and Security Affairs

Dr. Kirsten Westphal is based at the Stiftung Wissenschaft und Politik (SWP), the German Institute for International and Security Affairs in Berlin. Dr. Westphal is assigned for International Energy Relations and Global Energy Security at the institute. She is a member of the German Hydrogen Council. She heads the project “Geopolitics of Energy Transformation – Hydrogen” funded by the Federal Foreign Office.

She was a Member of the Expert Panel to the Global Commission on the Geopolitics of Energy Transformation in 2018-2019 and contributed to the Commission’s Report “A New World”, published in 2019. Her books include Global Energy Governance in a Multipolar World  (Aldershot/ Burlington Ashgate 2010); and The Political and Economic Challenges of Energy in the Middle East and North Africa (Routledge, 2018). Her recent publications have appeared in Nature, Global Policy, Energy Strategy Review, European Energy Journal and at SWP.

Host: Isabelle Körner
Journalist and television host

Isabelle Körner has been a news reader and Telebörse presenter with ntv since 2004.

She also works as a reporter for the news channel at events like the World Economic Forum and hosts the Bertelsmann's business podcast series on Creativity and Entrepreneurship.

Isabelle Körner graduated from the Georg von Holtzbrinck School for Business Journalists and subsequently worked for the business magazine DM, the news channel N24 and the Reuters news agency, including as a business correspondent for BBC World.

From 2009 to 2019, she presented RTL Nachtjournal on numerous occasions.