As Europe determines the actions needed to reach independence from Russian energy imports, it is focusing particularly on natural gas, which currently covers more than 40% of European Union (EU) consumption. This independence should coincide with an accelerated energy transition while minimizing negative effects on households and companies. A quick ramp-up of the renewable gases, such as biomethane and green hydrogen, is key, according to the European Commission’s ambitious REPowerEU1 communication.
The urgency is clear, and if the action plan is implemented as a whole, it could significantly contribute to more sustainable, secure, and affordable energy in Europe.
New Action Plan for Efficiently Implementing the REPowerEU
The Gas for Climate2 consortium developed a 10-point action plan3 to rapidly implement the REPowerEU targets for renewable gases. The action plan proposes measures to scale up renewable gas supply and develop the market, increase funding for critical technologies and streamline permitting procedures, and manage the integration of biomethane to the existing natural gas network and the development of an integrated hydrogen transmission infrastructure. Most of these actions were implemented by the end of 2022, while others can be fully implemented by 2030.
Gas for Climate Consortium Kicks Off a Large Energy System Modelling Study Assessing the Benefits of a Pan-European Hydrogen Transmission Network
Renewable and low-carbon gases play a key role in the transition towards an affordable, secure, and sustainable European energy system. The Gas for Climate consortium recently released its energy system modeling study4 assessing the benefits of a Pan-European hydrogen transmission network. This study is conducted using an integrated energy system model which optimizes the expansion and operation of the pan-European hydrogen, electricity, and methane systems over the timeframe 2030–2050.
Complexity demands a trusted guide with the unique expertise and cross-sector versatility to deliver unwavering success. We work with organizations across regulated commercial and public sectors to catalyze transformation and pioneer new directions for the future.