Guidehouse Describes Gas Decarbonization Pathways 2020-2050

Guidehouse investigates how scaled-up hydrogen and biomethane could help enable cost efficient decarbonization

Guidehouse has analyzed different pathways towards the lowest cost climate neutral EU energy system by 2050. Published by the Gas for Climate consortium today, the study shows that large-scale production of biomethane and green and blue hydrogen – transported, stored and distributed through existing gas infrastructure and combined with renewable electricity – is important to achieve 55% emission reduction already by 2030. This is the proposed new intermediate EU climate target currently being discussed in Brussels.

The study’s central and aspirational Accelerated Decarbonisation Pathway examines what scale up of biomethane and blue and green hydrogen would be possible from the 2020s onwards and how these renewable and low carbon gases can help accelerate decarbonization in heavy industry, power production, heavy transport, and the heating of existing buildings. The Pathway identifies which investments and innovations are required to achieve the pathway and how gas infrastructure can be adapted to transport, store and distribute hydrogen and biomethane. The study also describes which policy measures should be taken as part of the emerging European Green Deal to enable investments that speed up emission reductions, create sustainable EU jobs, and provide first mover advantages for EU industry.

Find the full study available at: gasforclimate2050.eu

Download the Gas for Climate Pathway Study

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