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The Transatlantic Race to Zero Emissions – the implications and opportunities of hydrogen on mainstream businesses

The American Jobs Plan of the Biden Administration and the European Green Deal of the von der Leyen Commission have set the world’s largest economies on a path to climate neutrality.

The magnitude of these plans and the reduction of emissions needed are unparalleled and offer both opportunities and challenges for companies active in these markets.

The EACC Netherlands and EACC Texas, in partnership with Houthoff (The Netherlands & Houston) bring you a program series for transatlantic companies showcasing the (legal) implications of what business communities should adhere to on both sides of the big pond as well as solutions that (need to) arise from corporate innovations in order to reduce emissions.


  • How can hydrogen fuel the energy transition and what are the challenges companies are facing?
  • Companies around the world are transitioning to hydrogen and the demand is growing. Is the hydrogen industry ready?
  • The hydrogen chain: how to coordinate the hydrogen supply, demand and infrastructure?


Our panel of experts from Air Liquide, Houthoff and Port of Rotterdam will share recent project knowledge and their insights for European and US companies.


Gert Jan ten Cate, Vice President, Large Industries, Business Development, Air Liquide
Nico van Dooren, Director New Business, Port of Rotterdam
Kirsten Berger
, Partner Corporate / M&A, Houthoff
Marc van Beuge, Lawyer, Counsel, Houthoff

Jennifer Warren
, Principal, Concept Elemental


Wednesday, January 26, 5pm – 6pm CET | Zoom

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Jan 26 2022


17:00 - 18:00

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  • 1 Gert Jan ten Cate
    1 Gert Jan ten Cate
    Vice President, Large Industries, Business Development, Air Liquide

    Since March 1, 2020 Gert Jan ten Cate has held the position of Vice President, LI Business
    Development for North America. Gert Jan is based in Houston. Gert Jan holds a Masters of Science
    in systems engineering and policy analysis management from Delft University of Technology in the
    In his role, Gert Jan is responsible for leading all business development activities for Large
    Industries within the North America (NAM) Cluster. The NAM Cluster includes the Large Industries
    business as the primary producer of many of our core gas products delivered via pipeline. In
    addition to our pipeline customers there are customers in the U.S. and Canada that require an
    onsite presence as well as being an important producer of bulk air gases for our Industrial
    Merchant business.
    From 2007 to 2011, Gert Jan worked for the European utility company E.ON in the field of energy
    trading and renewable energy project development.
    Gert Jan began his career with Air Liquide in 2011 as part of the business development team of Air
    Liquide Benelux-LI, stationed in Rotterdam, the Netherlands. In 2015 he became site manager at
    Air Liquide’s cogeneration facility in Pergen, a steam cogeneration plant supplying utilities to Shell
    Netherlands refinery and power to the public grid.
    Since 2018, Gert Jan has held the position of Vice President, Large Industries Onsites US where
    he was responsible for leading growth, operational excellence and safety performance for the LI
    onsites business serving the metals, mining, chemical and space industries.

  • 2 Nico van Dooren
    2 Nico van Dooren
    Director New Business, Port of Rotterdam
  • 3 Kirsten Berger
    3 Kirsten Berger
    Partner Corporate / M&A, Houthoff

    Kirsten specialises in energy law and has extensive experience in the energy and industrial sector. She acts as counsel to various energy companies and industrial companies in respect of projects, transactions, commercial contracts, joint ventures, regulatory and financial matters.
    As a true sector specialist she has an extensive track record in respect of:
    • projects and project development including wind parks (onshore and offshore), power plants, gas exploration and production and industrial plants (e.g. steam or hydrogen plants, LNG terminals, pipelines etc.);
    • M&A transactions including controlled auctions for wind parks, interests in offshore gas fields and pipelines, industrial restructurings and private M&A transactions in the sector;
    • commercial contracting including power purchase agreements (including corporate PPA’s), (industrial) gas supply agreements (including natural gas, steam, hydrogen, nitrogen etc.), transport and storage agreements, tolling agreements and refinery gas agreements utilities agreements (including water and heat);
    • joint ventures in relation to wind parks, power plants, upstream gas projects and for innovative projects such as a waste to chemicals project;
    • regulatory matters including connection and transportation issues, third party access, gas quality matters, program responsibility and balancing, CO2 emissions trading, SDE subsidy aspects and EU Energy Regulations;
    • real estate aspects including pipeline issues and lease and ownership aspects.

  • 4 Marc van Beuge
    4 Marc van Beuge
    Lawyer, Counsel, Houthoff
  • 5 Jennifer Warren
    5 Jennifer Warren
    Principal, Concept Elemental

    Jennifer is considered one of the best energy writers in the U.S. Her areas of expertise include energy trends —their economic and geopolitical implications—and resource sustainability issues. Other interests include the energy transition, the impact of shale oil and natural gas, climate change, green and efficient infrastructure, and the energy-water nexus. Her work has been published in various academic, policy and business publications such as Far Eastern Economic Review, Economist Intelligence Unit’s Executive Briefing, Journal of Structured Finance, Lloyd’s List, D CEO, Real Leaders and many others. From Dec 2010 to April 2013, she was the CEO/President of Dallas Committee on Foreign Relations, organizing and moderating panels on global gas, energy security, energy infrastructure finance, and foreign affairs topics. She has a master’s degree from London School of Economics, and bachelor’s in finance/marketing. She is principal of Concept Elemental, a strategic communications consultancy focusing on energy and sustainability themes, thought leadership and creative trends analysis.

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