Scaled Up Renewable Gas Could Unlock Societal Cost Savings in Decarbonizing Europe’s Energy System

Navigant findings inform action plan presented to EU Climate and Energy Commissioner Cañete

Yesterday in Brussels, the Gas for Climate consortium presented an action plan to boost the production of renewable gas to the European Commissioner for Climate & Energy, Miguel Angel Cañete. The consortium consists 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).

The action plan follows a study by Navigant published earlier this year that shows it is possible to produce more than 120 billion cubic meters of biomethane and green hydrogen in Europe and green hydrogen in Europe. The findings also show that using this gas in existing gas infrastructure could lead to huge annual societal cost savings in a zero-emissions energy system.

"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," explained Kees van der Leun, director at Navigant.

Find the study and action plan available at gasforclimate.eu.

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