Gas for Climate

The Paris Agreement goal to limit global temperature increase to well below 2 degrees requires deep decarbonization. This requires long-term energy system planning and shared determination of all involved in the energy system.

Gas for Climate is convinced that a smart combination of renewable electricity and renewable gas will achieve a net zero greenhouse gas emission EU energy system by 2050 in the most cost-efficient way.

Gas for Climate asked Navigant to assess the future role of renewable gas in the EU energy system. The Navigant study shows that it is possible to scale up renewable gas and low carbon production within the EU to 270 billion cubic metres by 2050. This includes both renewable methane and hydrogen. This renewable and low carbon gas can be transported, stored and distributed in existing gas infrastructure and can be smartly used in combination with renewable electricity. This can achieve a net zero carbon EU energy system by 2050 while saving 217 billion euro annually compared to a scenario with a limited amount of gas. 

These substantial societal cost savings, made possible by using renewable and low carbon gas, require a continuing use of the existing gas infrastructure for low-cost storage and energy distribution. The gas infrastructure is suitable to store, transport and distribute renewable gas including biomethane and renewable hydrogen.