17-18 May 2022
Dom Pedro Hotel, Lisbon, Portugal



Dr James Watson

Secretary General
Eurogas Portraits 2020

Dr Watson is the Secretary General of Eurogas, a role he has held since January 2019. Eurogas is the association representing the European gas wholesale, retail and distribution sectors.

Prior to taking the helm at Eurogas, Dr Watson was the Chief Executive Officer of SolarPower Europe, the European solar industry association. Before joining SolarPower Europe, Dr Watson worked as the Director of Public Affairs for Weber Shandwick, specialising in energy and trade policy. Before coming to Brussels, Dr Watson worked for the Commonwealth Secretariat on a European Commission project on trade and sustainable development based in Ethiopia. Earlier in his career James worked for various UK government bodies in London and worked as a lecturer in Environmental Law at the University of Manchester.

He holds a Ph.D in International Trade and Environmental Law from the University of Leeds, and is currently a Visiting Professor at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel.

17 May
 - 10:00 BST (UTC +01:00)
Panel Discussion
  • What are the key regulation and incentives on the horizon that will shape and stimulate the hydrogen market?
  • How will the recent RED II changes effect project development and planning
  • Debating certificates of origin – will these prove key to defining what is green hydrogen and what isn’t, will they be considered tradable assets and how will that market develop?
  • How will the Carbon Border Adjustment Mechanism affect the market? Will this drive more developers outside of the EU to produce green hydrogen?
  • Are carbon tax policies the answer to making green hydrogen competitive? And how might they create new income sources in trading carbon credits?