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.
The Gas for Climate consortium has undertaken several large studies that analyse the future role and value of gas and gas infrastructure. In March 2019 the consortium published ‘The optimal role for gas in a net zero emissions energy system’, a study by Navigant (now Guidehouse). In April 2020 the consortium published ‘Gas decarbonisation pathways 202-2050’, a study by Guidehouse.
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.