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Ecofys, a Navigant company, assessed future role of gas in a net-zero emissions energy system

Published: 22/02/2018

In a new study, Ecofys, a Navigant company, has analysed what role gas and gas infrastructure can play in a zero greenhouse gas emissions energy system by 2050. The study, launched by the Gas for Climate initiative today, shows that renewable gas can play an important role in reducing Europe’s greenhouse gas emissions to net-zero by mid-century.

Ecofys, a Navigant company, estimated the potential for the production of renewable gas, including biomethane and renewable hydrogen, within the EU by 2050. Based on prudent sustainability criteria, a potential of at least 122 billion cubic metres (bcm) of renewable gas, biomethane and renewable hydrogen is feasible. This equals around 25% of today’s natural gas consumption in Europe. The study allocated this gas over various economic sectors and modelled the societal cost savings of using this gas compared to a fully decarbonised energy system without any gas

The energy experts found that using 72 out of the 122 bcm renewable gas for the heating of buildings and to produce dispatchable electricity at times of peak demand, can already save €138 billion annually by 2050.

Find the study and more information at: gasforclimate.eu

Kees van der Leun, Director at Ecofys, a Navigant company and co-author of the report, explained the key take aways at the Biogas Italy Conference 2018: