Role of renewable gas and the existing gas infrastructure in 2050
Release date: 7 December 2018
On 28 November 2018 the Commission published the European vision on how to achieve a climate neutral economy by 2050. Gas for Climate is encouraged to see that the EU Commission shares many findings with the consortium, including the increasing role for hydrogen and biomethane in buildings, industry and heavy transport as well as the role of agricultural land to sequester and store carbon.
Role of the existing gas infrastructure in the future energy system
The Gas for Climate consortium sees an important role of gas infrastructure in 2050. Our February 2018 study clearly shows that it is possible to scale up renewable gas production between now and 2050 to more than 120 billion cubic metres (bcm) annually, including both renewable hydrogen and biomethane. This equals to about 25% of today’s consumption of natural gas in Europe. Ongoing, more refined analysis into the role of green and blue hydrogen may lead to additional potential availability of renewable and low carbon gas beyond this 120 bcm. Large net societal cost savings can be achieved compared to a no gas scenario. The Gas for Climate study quantifies these net savings to amount €140 billion annually by 2050. Our upcoming study, scheduled to be released by the end of February 2019, will explore in more detail how and to what extent existing gas networks will continue to be used in the most cost effective decarbonised EU energy system.
The EU Member States will decide on the 2050 ambition level in 2019. For more information please contact us on firstname.lastname@example.org.
Gas for Climate believes that a net zero emissions EU energy system in 2050 is feasible. To achieve this in the most cost-effective way, all forms of renewable energy including renewable gas should be scaled up. For more information check: www.gasforclimate2050.eu.
Gas for Climate presents the benefits of renewable and low carbon gas in the future energy system at COP24
Release date: 5 December 2018
The Gas for Climate consortium presented its vision on the role of renewable and low-carbon gas in the future decarbonised energy system at COP24 in Katowice, Poland. The main aim of this edition of the annual UN climate conference is ensuring the full implementation of the Paris Agreement to limit global temperature increase to well below 2 degrees Celsius.
In the presence of policy makers, NGOs and industry representatives, Gas for Climate presented its vision that gas can play a role in the energy system to achieve the 2 degrees target in the most cost-optimal way. Represented by Camilla Palladino (Snam, the Italian gas TSO) and Piero Gattoni (Consorzio Italiano Biogas), Gas for Climate showed in the EU Pavilion that a large scale-up potential exists for biomethane and hydrogen and that using this renewable gas in existing gas infrastructure generates large energy system cost savings in achieving full decarbonisation by 2050. Palladino highlighted that using renewable gas through existing gas infrastructure is a more cost-effective provider of flexibility to the energy system as compared to seasonal storage based on batteries. Gattoni underlined the possibility for farmer-biogas producers to produce biomethane from manure and sustainable silage while generating negative emissions by storing carbon below agricultural soils.
Our vision was well received by the attending policy makers, NGOs and industry players. We will follow-up on their feedback and ideas in the coming months. The Gas for Climate consortium currently performs additional analysis into the role of green and blue hydrogen that can be used in demand sectors including industry and transport. This will lead to an updated study report that will be published by early 2019.
European gas infrastructure companies and renewable gas producers: ‘save billions of euros by setting ambitious target for renewable gas’
Release date: 27 September 2018
- At an event organised by the Gas for Climate consortium in Brussels, European Commissioner for Climate & Energy, Miguel Arias Cañete highlighted last night that gas and existing gas infrastructure will play an important role in the future EU energy system
- Action Plan Gas for Climate presents measures for large scale up of renewable gas in the EU
- The Action Plan follows a study by Ecofys, a Navigant company, which shows the potential to significantly scale up renewable gas in Europe and that using this gas reduces the societal cost to fully decarbonise the EU energy system
Brussels, 27 September 2018 - Gas for Climate, the consortium of seven leading European gas transport companies (Enagás, Fluxys, Gasunie, GRTgaz, Open Grid Europe, Snam and Teréga) and two renewable gas industry associations (EBA and CIB), presented last night in Brussels to EU Commissioner for Climate & Energy Miguel Arias Cañete an action plan to boost the production of renewable gas. Commissioner Cañete stated that Europe has to lead the fight against climate change and that decarbonization is a good business case. The Commissioner highlighted that Europe needs decarbonized gas including progressive quantities of renewable gas alongside renewable electricity.
‘To do list’
The Action Plan put forward a ‘to do list’ for businesses and policy makers with recommendations for policy actions. The consortium recommends amongst others an ambitious EU target for renewable gas in final consumption by 2030. Furthermore, the Action Plan urges the introduction of EU harmonised rules for auctioning renewable energy subsidies and for calculating tariff-based support. Support schemes should foster a reduction of renewable gas production costs and should reward the value which dispatchable renewable energy brings to the overall energy system. The action plan also calls for measures to facilitate cross-border trade of renewable gas.
Action plan follows Ecofys study on renewable gas
The Action Plan follows a study by Ecofys, a Navigant company, published last February which showed that it is possible to produce more than 120 billion cubic meters of biomethane and green hydrogen in Europe (partly based on the innovative “Biogasdoneright model”) and green hydrogen in Europe. The study also showed that using this gas in existing gas infrastructure leads to nearly 140 billion euro of annual societal cost savings in a zero-emissions energy system compared to a system without any gas.
The Gas for Climate Action Plan will be further refined and updated in 2019 following additional insights and analysis into the future role of gas in a decarbonized system. Ongoing Gas for Climate analysis on hydrogen, carbon capture and storage as well as future energy demand in industry and transport will result in an extension of the earlier study of the consortium, which is to be published by early 2019. Today the consortium already published an additional analysis on mobilising woody biomass residues for production of biomethane showing that it is possible to increase biomethane production from woody residues.
Thierry Trouvé, CEO of GRTgaz said on behalf of the entire Gas for Climate consortium: “This Action Plan serves to demonstrate our clear and unequivocal commitment to the energy transition and the decarbonisation of the European gas grid. It provides recommendations on how to increase the use and production of renewable gases and how to facilitate their trade and transport and it presents our plans to 2030 with real projects that are driving the energy transition today in preparation of the carbon neutral energy system of tomorrow.”
Kees van der Leun, Director, Ecofys a Navigant Company: "Our study shows that it is possible to scale up renewable gas production within the EU to 122 billion cubic meters by 2050, utilizing both hydrogen and biomethane. This saves €138 billion annually compared to a scenario without any gas."
For more information, please contact the Gas for Climate member organisations:
Consorzio Italiano Biogas
European Biogas Association
Open Grid Europe GmbH
Gas for Climate Event - 26th September
On September 26th the Gas for Climate consortium will organise a seminar on the role of renewable and low-carbon gas in a decarbonised EU energy system. We are delighted to have Commissioner Miguel Arias Cañete as keynote speaker.
The event will include a panel discussion, providing reflections on the optimal energy mix in a decarbonised EU energy system. Moderator will be Sasha Twining (BBC).
We are glad to welcome the following confirmed speakers:
- Marcelino Oreja Arburúa, CEO, Enagás
- Dr. Jörg Bergmann, CEO, Open Grid Europe
- Pascal de Buck, CEO, Fluxys
- Piero Gattoni, President, Consorzio Italiano Biogas
- Kees van der Leun, Director, Ecofys a Navigant Company
- Dominique Mockly, CEO, Teréga
- Stephan Singer, Senior Advisor Global Energy Policy, Climate Action Network International
- Jan Štambaský, President, European Biogas Association
- Thierry Trouvé, CEO, GRTgaz
Gas for Climate is a consortium of gas infrastructure companies and renewable gas producers who are convinced that greenhouse gas emissions should be reduced to net zero by 2050. Gas for Climate believes that gas can play a role in the EU energy system by 2050 in full compliance with the Paris Agreement on Climate Change. An analysis by Ecofys shows that using a conservatively estimated 122 billion cubic metres of biomethane and green hydrogen in existing gas infrastructure saves €138 billion per year compared to a decarbonised energy system without renewable gas. For more information and our report; www.gasforclimate2050.eu
Release date: 22 February 2018
Smart use of renewable gas to meet climate targets can save Europe €140 billion per year
- Study published today by the Gas for Climate initiative sets out plan to meet Paris Agreement target in a cost-effective way
- Study sets out a vision for net zero greenhouse gas emissions in the EU by 2050
- Renewable gas used in existing infrastructure can be combined with renewable electricity to limit the cost of the energy transition
Renewable gas used in existing gas infrastructure could play an important role in reducing Europe’s greenhouse gas emissions to net-zero by mid-century, according to a study published today by the Gas for Climate initiative. Such a reduction is needed to comply with the Paris Agreement to keep global warming well below 2°C, avoiding dangerous levels of climate change.
Initiated mid-2017, the Gas for Climate group consists of seven leading European gas transport companies (Enagás, Fluxys Belgium, Gasunie, GRTgaz, Open Grid Europe, Snam and Teréga) and two renewable gas industry associations (European Biogas Association and Consorzio Italiano Biogas). Gas for Climate is committed to achieve net zero greenhouse gas emissions in the EU by 2050 and the group commissioned Ecofys, a Navigant company, to prepare a study into the future role of gas in a net-zero emissions energy system.
Their study shows that it is possible to scale up renewable gas production between now and 2050 to more than 120 billion cubic metres annually, including both renewable hydrogen and biomethane. The biomethane potential is based on an early and conservative scenario on the sustainable use of European biomass potential. Using this renewable gas in existing gas infrastructure for the heating of buildings, to produce dispatchable electricity as a complement to wind and solar, and to fuel heavy transport, could save about €140 billion annually by 2050 compared to a future energy system without any gas.
The CEOs of the nine Gas for Climate members (Marco Alverà, Snam, Marcelino Oreja Arburúa, Enagás, Dr. Jörg Bergmann, Open Grid Europe, Pascal De Buck, Fluxys Belgium, Han Fennema, Gasunie, Piero Gattoni, Consorzio Italiano Biogas, Dominique Mockly, Teréga, Jan Štambaský, European Biogas Association, Thierry Trouvé, GRTgaz) jointly declared:
“We are committed to achieve net zero greenhouse gas emissions in the EU by 2050 to meet the Paris Agreement target. Renewable gas used in existing gas infrastructure can play an important role in this.
“We want to facilitate a large scale-up of EU produced renewable hydrogen and biomethane that is transported, stored and distributed through existing gas infrastructure to be used in our energy system in a smart combination with renewable electricity. This will help Europe to meet the Paris Agreement target at the lowest possible costs while enhancing Europe’s energy security.”
Notes for Editors
Gas for Climate was initiated in 2017 to analyse and create awareness about the role of renewable and low carbon gas in the future energy system in full compliance with the Paris Agreement target to limit global temperature increase to well below 2 degrees Celsius. To this end, the entire economy has to become (net) zero carbon by mid-century.
Ecofys has analysed that if a quarter of current gas demand is produced from sustainable renewable sources by 2050, this can achieve €138 billion of cost savings each year by 2050 across the EU compared to a ‘no gas’ scenario. These savings mainly result from avoiding electricity peak demand, associated generation capacity and the cost of building and running this capacity. There are also substantial savings on insulation costs for buildings to accommodate full-electric heat pumps, which require the highest possible levels of insulation.
Renewable gas is all gas produced from renewable sources. This includes biomethane in the form of upgraded biogas produced by anaerobic digestion of agricultural biomass and other organic wastes, biomethane produced from thermal gasification of woody residues, hydrogen produced from renewable electricity, and synthetic methane produced from renewable hydrogen.
The Gas for Climate consortium thinks that by 2050 any natural gas being used in the EU energy system in addition to renewable gas should be low carbon gas. Low carbon gas is natural gas that is used without releasing greenhouse gasses into the atmosphere. This is possible by combining the combustion of natural gas with carbon capture and storage (CCS) or carbon capture and utilisation (CCU). CCS can be applied in regions where it is technically feasible and politically and socially accepted. CCU can avoid emission if CO2 is permanently stored in products.
For more information, please contact the Gas for Climate member organisations:
Consorzio Italiano Biogas
European Biogas Association
Open Grid Europe GmbH
About Consorzio Italiano Biogas
CIB aggregates and represents the agricultural biogas and biomethane value chain in Italy. Formed in March 2006, CIB provides information to its members to improve, optimize and innovate biogas production processes, fostering greener and efficient low carbon farming practices through its flagship initiative Biogasdoneright®.
CIB brings together farmers that run biogas plants, industrial companies that supply equipment and technology, companies operating in the fields of agriculture, consultancy, mechanization and transports; research centers and agricultural associations that supply data and promote anaerobic digestion in agriculture. CIB is also a founding member of EBA -the European Biogas Association. For more information, go to www.consorziobiogas.it
Enagás is an international midstream gas company with infrastructures in 8 countries: Spain, Mexico, Chile, Peru, Greece, Italy, Albania and Sweden. With almost a 50-year history, Enagás has more than 12,000 km of gas pipelines and 8 LNG terminals. It is certified as an independent TSO (Transmission System Operator) by the European Union and a listed company on the Spanish stock market, Ibex 35.
In Spain, Enagás has developed the key infrastructures for the Spanish Gas System, transforming it into an indicator for security and diversification of supply. The company is the main carrier of natural gas in Spain and also the Technical System Manager. Enagás is also a benchmark in sustainability. Read more about Enagás.
About European Biogas Association
Founded in February 2009, EBA is the leading European association in the field of biogas and biomethane production covering the anaerobic digestion and gasification industries. Committed to the active promotion of the deployment of sustainable biogas and biomethane production and use throughout Europe, EBA has created a wide network of established national organisations, scientific institutes and companies. In 2018, the association counted more than 90 members from all over Europe and has established co-operation with biogas associations from outside Europe. http://european-biogas.eu/
About Fluxys Belgium
Fluxys Belgium is the independent operator of the natural gas transmission and storage infrastructure in Belgium. Through its subsidiary Fluxys LNG, the company also operates the Zeebrugge liquefied natural gas (LNG) terminal. Fluxys Belgium is a subsidiary of Fluxys, the Belgium-based independent gas infrastructure group active across Europe. www.fluxys.com/belgium
Gasunie is a European gas infrastructure company. The company provides the transport of natural gas and green gas via its subsidiaries Gasunie Transport Services B.V. (GTS) in the Netherlands and Gasunie Deutschland in Germany. The company also offers other services in the gas infrastructure field, including gas storage and LNG. Gasunie commits itself to accelerating the energy transition and to the realization of a climate neutral energy supply.
GRTgaz is a world expert in gas transmission networks and systems and a leading European gas transmission system operator. In France, GRTgaz owns and operates 32,410 km of buried pipes and 26 compression stations used to ship gas between suppliers and consumers. GRTgaz is committed to ensuring security of supply to consumers, connecting territories and communities with great care for the environment. GRTgaz delivers innovative and accessible solutions to accelerate and secure a successful energy transition by connecting the energies of tomorrow, driving the growth of renewables and new uses for gas while fostering synergy between electricity and gas systems. www.grtgaz.com
About Open Grid Europe
With a gas transmission system spanning 12,000 kilometers, Open Grid Europe, seated in Essen, is one of the largest transmission system operators in Germany. Two thirds of natural gas consumed in Germany flows through our pipeline system, comprising about 100 compressor units and about 1100 exit points. All over the country, our approximately 1,450 staff ensure safe, environmentally-friendly and customer-oriented gas transmission. We also offer the technical and commercial services to go with it, and we provide commercial, technical and IT services for other companies on the basis of third-party arrangements. Moreover, we actively support the European gas market and work together with the European distribution network operators to create the prerequisites for transnational gas transportation and trading. For more information about the company, go to www.open-grid-europe.com
Snam is Europe’s largest natural gas infrastructure company and one of Italy’s largest companies by market capitalization. Snam manages 40,000 km of gas pipelines in Europe (32,500 in Italy), 11 storage sites (9 in Italy) for an overall capacity of 19 billion cubic metres (16.5 in Italy). Snam is also active in regasification, it operates one LNG terminal and owns a stake in Italy’s largest regasification plant. Founded in 1941 as Società Nazionale Metanodotti, Snam now operates in Italy and, through its affiliates, in Austria (TAG and GCA), France (Teréga) and United Kingdom (Interconnector UK). It is also a leading shareholder of TAP. In recent years Snam has increased its role on the international energy scene and is developing several new projects such as the promotion of natural gas for transports (CNG and LNG) and biomethane. It has also recently set up the Snam Global Solutions business unit to leverage its extensive and long-established know-how in the construction, operation and management of gas infrastructure in Italy and Europe, providing it to other operators on a global level. Snam listed on the FTSE MIB index of the Italian Stock Exchange in 2001 and is included in the most important sustainability indexes worldwide. http://www.snam.it/
Teréga has a network of more than 5,000 km of pipelines and two underground storage facilities, representing 16% and 24% of national capacity respectively. Teréga (Transport et Infrastructures Gaz France) is a major player in energy and has been located in South-West France for over 70 years. As part of its public-service obligations, Teréga transports natural gas to more than 400 delivery stations in the most secure, cost-effective, and reliable conditions. Teréga enjoys a strategic position in Europe, where it provides interconnections that guarantee security of supply. Teréga is aware of the vital role of natural gas in the energy transition. Teréga wants to help accelerate the green revolution through increasing involvement in biomethane, natural gas for vehicles, and Power to Gas. www.terega.fr