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Gas infrastructure needed to scale up renewable gas to 270 bcm by 2050, enabling a decarbonised and renewables-based energy system at lowest costs

Release date: 18 March 019

  • Study published today finds that a smart combination of hydrogen and biomethane with electricity is the optimal way to decarbonise the energy system, with all energy ultimately becoming renewable.    
  • Using around 2900 TWh or approximately 270 billion cubic metres (natural gas equivalent) of green hydrogen and renewable methane through existing gas infrastructure across the EU saves society €217 billion annually by 2050 compared to an energy system using a minimal amount of gas.   
  • Substantial hydrogen, biomethane and power to methane production cost reductions are possible.

Today a study performed by Navigant for the Gas for Climate consortium was published. This study serves as a follow-up to our study published last year, including a greatly expanded scope and analysis.

While achieving 100% greenhouse gas reduction requires large quantities of renewable electricity, by far the most cost optimal role to decarbonise is by combining electricity with renewable gases such as hydrogen and biomethane. Renewable gas adds value in the heating of buildings, for high temperature industrial heat, providing flexibility in electricity production alongside wind and solar and in heavy transport.

Using around 2900 TWh or approximately 270 billion cubic meters of renewable methane and hydrogen in a smart combination with renewable electricity saves society €217 billion across the energy system compared to reducing gas to an absolute minimum. Existing gas infrastructure is indispensable in transporting this renewable and low carbon gas to the various demand sectors. Gas infrastructure can be used to transport both hydrogen and biomethane in 2050.

The Navigant experts foresee an initial important role for blue hydrogen (carbon-neutral hydrogen produced from natural gas with carbon capture and storage), to grow the developing hydrogen market including in new applications. Towards 2050, with increased levels of renewable electricity and falling costs, renewable green hydrogen will gradually replace blue hydrogen, achieving in the end a fully renewable energy system.

In a joint statement, the CEOs of the nine Gas for Climate members said:

The new Gas for Climate study shows that gas and its infrastructure will play an indispensable role in the future decarbonised energy system together with electricity infrastructures. We support the transition to a fully renewable energy system in which biomethane and green hydrogen will play a major role in a smart combination with renewable electricity while recognising that blue hydrogen can accelerate decarbonisation efforts in the coming decades.

Download the Gas for Climate 2019 study here.

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.  

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). The CEOs of the nine members are Marco Alverà, Snam; Jörg Bergmann, Open Grid Europe; Marcelino Oreja Arburúa, Enagás; Pascal De Buck, Fluxys Belgium; Han Fennema, Gasunie; Piero Gattoni, Consorzio Italiano Biogas; Dominique Mockly, Teréga; Harm Grobrügge, European Biogas Association; and Thierry Trouvé, GRTgaz.

The current study is a follow-up of a study published in 2018 by Ecofys, now part of Navigant, now covering almost the full EU energy system. The previous study covered part of the energy system and concluded 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. The consortium presented and discussed the February 2018 study with many policymakers, industry stakeholders, and non-governmental organizations (NGOs). This led to valuable comments, suggestions, and questions. These discussions led to the conclusion that it would be beneficial to have a more comprehensive analysis to assess the most cost-optimal way to achieve a net zero emissions EU energy system, including an explicit analysis of the demand sectors industry and transport. The current report fulfils this need with an updated and expanded scope.  

Ensuring a smart combination of renewable gas and electricity will be the optimal way to decarbonise the EU energy system, with the system becoming fully renewable. Renewable and low carbon gas, transported in existing grids, provides cost effective solutions for heating of buildings in case of cold spells, delivering high temperature heat and feedstocks in heavy industry, providing high density fuels in heavy transport, as well as enabling dispatchable power for periods with limited variable renewable electricity supply.  

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. 

To accelerate decarbonisation, the Gas for Climate consortium believes 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 blue hydrogen or combining 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. Eventually, the energy system should become fully renewable. 

The study can be accessed here.

For more information, please contact the Gas for Climate member organisations:

Consorzio Italiano Biogas
Alessandro Vitale
Tel: +39 0371/466683 int. 803
Mail: a.vitale@consorziobiogas.it

Enagás
Alexandra Issacovitch
Tel: +34 917099442
Mail: vaissacovitch@enagas.es

European Biogas Association
Angela Sainz Arnau
Tel: +32 (0)2 400 1089 
Mail: sainz@european-biogas.eu 

Fluxys Belgium
Rudy van Beurden
Tel: +32 (0)2 282 72 30
Mail: Rudy.VanBeurden@fluxys.com

Gasunie
Sebastian Kaemmer
Tel: +32 22346355
Mail: s.kaemmer@gasunie.nl

GRTgaz

Jean Marc Brimont
Tel: +33 (0)6 89 87 16 23
Mail: jeanmarc.brimont@grtgaz.com

Open Grid Europe GmbH
Christian Page
Tel: +49 201 3642–12541
Mail: christian.page@open-grid-europe.com

Snam
Salvatore Ricco
Tel: +39 335 770 9861
Mail: salvatore.ricco@snam.it

Teréga
Marie Claire Aoun
Tel: +33 5 59 13 32 54
Mail: marie-claire.aoun@terega.fr

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  

About Enagás

Enagás is an international midstream gas company with infrastructures in Spain, Mexico, Chile, Peru, United States, Greece, Italy and Albania. With a 50-year history, Enagás has more than 12,000 km of gas pipelines and 9 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, committed to the fight against climate change through initiatives to promote the use of renewable gases, such as biomethane and hydrogen, and through the development of actions for energy efficiency and sustainable mobility. For more information, go to www.enagas.es  

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. For more information, go to 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. For more information, go to www.fluxys.com/belgium

About Gasunie

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. For more information, go to www.gasunie.nl  

About GRTgaz

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 more than 35,000 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. For more information, go to www.grtgaz.com  

About Open Grid Europe

With a gas transmission system spanning 12,000 kilometres, 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, go to www.open-grid-europe.com  

About Snam

Snam is Europe’s leading gas utility. Founded in 1941 as “Società Nazionale Metanodotti”, it has been building and managing sustainable and technologically advanced infrastructure to guarantee energy security for over 75 years. The company operates in Italy and, through subsidiaries, in Albania (AGSCo), Austria (TAG and GCA), France (Teréga), Greece (DESFA) and the United Kingdom (Interconnector UK). Snam is a principal partner in TAP (Trans Adriatic Pipeline) and is actively engaged in the creation of the Energy Union. The company has the largest gas transport network (about 32,600 km in Italy, over 41,000 including its international subsidiaries) and storage capacity (16.9 billion cubic meters in Italy, over 20 bcm including its international subsidiaries) in Europe. Snam manages the first liquefied natural gas (LNG) plant ever built in Italy and is a shareholder in Adriatic LNG, the country’s main terminal and one of the most strategically positioned in the Mediterranean, and – through DESFA – in the Greek Revithoussa terminal, for a total regasification capacity pro quota of about 6 bcm per year. Snam’s business model is based on sustainable growth, transparency, fostering talent, and strengthening relationships with local communities through the Snam Foundation. As part of the company’s 2018-2022 industrial plan, the “Snamtec” project was launched with the aim of leading the energy transition. The project focuses on technology, innovation and R&D to support both the major Italian and international networks and green economy businesses, such as sustainable transport, renewable gas, hydrogen and energy efficiency. For more information, go to www.snam.it  

About Teréga

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. For more information, go to www2.terega.fr


Role of the existing gas infrastructure in the future energy system  

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.  

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 info@gasforclimate2050.eu.

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.  

Follow-up  

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
Lorella Rossi
Tel: +39 0371/4662680
Mail: l.rossi@consorziobiogas.it

Alessandro Vitale
Tel: +39 0371/466683
Mail: a.vitale@consorziobiogas.it

Enagás
Alexandra Issacovitch
Tel: +34 917099442
Mail: vaissacovitch@enagas.es

European Biogas Association
Angela Sainz Arnau
Tel: +32 (0)2 400 1089
Mail: sainz@european-biogas.eu 

Fluxys Belgium
Rudy van Beurden
Tel: +32 (0)2 282 72 30
Mail: Rudy.VanBeurden@fluxys.com

Gasunie
Sebastian Kaemmer
Tel: +32 22346355
Mail: s.kaemmer@gasunie.nl

GRTgaz
Jean Marc Brimont
Tel: +33 (0)6 89 87 16 23
Mail: jeanmarc.brimont@grtgaz.com

Open Grid Europe GmbH
Christian Page
Tel: +49 201 3642–12541
Mail: christian.page@open-grid-europe.com

Snam
Salvatore Ricco
Tel: +39 335 770 9861
Mail: salvatore.ricco@snam.it

Teréga
Céline Dallest
Tel: +33 5 59 13 35 97
Mail: celine.dallest@terega.fr


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.

26th of September, 3:30 p.m. - 5.30 p.m.

Followed by networking drinks and an innovation market.

Royal Flemish Theatre, Room ‘Top’ in Brussels (Directions here)

SIGN UP HERE

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.

The study can be accessed here, further details around the assumptions and the methodology used for the Gas for Climate report can be found here.

For more information, please contact the Gas for Climate member organisations:

Consorzio Italiano Biogas
Lorella Rossi
Tel: +39 0371/4662680
Mail: l.rossi@consorziobiogas.it

Alessandro Vitale
Tel: +39 0371/466683
Mail: a.vitale@consorziobiogas.it

Enagás
Alexandra Issacovitch
Tel: +34 917099442
Mail: vaissacovitch@enagas.es

European Biogas Association
Angela Sainz Arnau 
Tel: +32 (0)2 400 1089
Mail: sainz@european-biogas.eu

Fluxys Belgium
Rudy van Beurden
Tel: +32 (0)2 282 72 30
Mail: Rudy.VanBeurden@fluxys.com

Gasunie
Sebastian Kaemmer
Tel: +32 22346355
Mail: s.kaemmer@gasunie.nl

GRTgaz
Jean Marc Brimont
Tel: +33 (0)6 89 87 16 23
Mail: jeanmarc.brimont@grtgaz.com

Open Grid Europe GmbH
Christian Page
Tel: +49 201 3642–12541
Mail: christian.page@open-grid-europe.com

Snam
Salvatore Ricco
Tel: +39 335 770 9861
Mail: salvatore.ricco@snam.it

Teréga
Marie Claire Aoun
Tel: +33 5 59 13 32 54
Mail: marie-claire.aoun@terega.fr

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

About Enagás
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

About Gasunie
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.
www.gasunie.nl

About GRTgaz
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

About Snam
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/

About Teréga
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