The EU would meet its Kyoto CO2 target if gas replaced coal for power generation.
Combined-cycle gas turbines (CCGT) can reach a 60% efficiency, with the prospect of even higher efficiency in future plants, compared with an efficiency of 25% to 45% for coal.
By installing a modern, high efficiency boiler in a home, gas consumption can be reduced by up to 20% for the same heat output.
When burned to heat homes or for industrial uses, natural gas releases 25-30% less CO2 than oil and 40-50% less CO2 than coal per unit of energy produced.
Replacing an old coal-fired power plant with a CCGT plant can reduce CO2 emissions by up to 70%.
Replacing coal by gas is the fastest and cheapest way to meet CO2 reduction targets – according to IHS CERA conversion of all coal and oil-fired generation to best performance CCGT would produce a 58% cut in emissions relative to 1990 levels.
If we were by magic to switch overnight all of the world's coal-fired power plants to modern natural gas fired combined cycle plants we would experience a reduction of over 5 GT CO2/year in global emissions, 15% of the current total
Gas-fired power compared to coal is 40% more efficient and emits less CO2
The missing link for integrating renewable energy into the electricity supply is a smart power storage concept. New research shows that renewable electricity can be stored as natural gas and use existing gas infrastructure.
ENTSOG estimates that €89.3 bn investment in the gas network is needed to implement the European 2020 energy and climate targets.
Vehicles powered by natural gas produce 20-30% fewer carbon dioxide emissions than vehicles powered by petrol.
Natural gas produces little nitrogen oxide, sulphur dioxide or particulate matter, all of which are bad for human health.
Gas transport through underground pipelines and gas storage do not disturb people and do not hinder the environment.
22% of the electricity in the world is produced using gas.
Natural gas is more affordable to transport than electricity.
Natural gas is easier and more affordable to store than electricity. Ongoing technology developments enabling the capture and sequestration of CO2 (Carbon Capture and Storage, or CCS) gas are actually more efficient on gas than on comparable fuels. Total, Shell and Statoil are among the oil and gas companies developing CCS projects. For more information and projects see here
A power plant running on natural gas can be switched on and off in as little as 30 minutes, making natural gas-fired power generation the best fuel to accommodate sudden changes in electricity demand or supply.
Global proven gas reserves have more than doubled since 1980, reaching 190 trillion cubic metres at the beginning of 2010.The reserves of gas that we already know about i.e. in conventional reservoirs, will provide enough to meet more than 120 years of demand at today’s consumption rates.
Most of the “new” gas resources available on the global market today are exported in the form of LNG.
With liquefied natural gas (LNG), nearly 80% of the world’s proven gas reserves are accessible to Europe within a radius of 7,000 km.
LNG has been stored and shipped with no major incident for 50 years that includes 110 million miles over the high seas and almost 90 000 voyages.
The capital costs of gas-fired power plants are the lowest per megawatt installed.
The gas industry provides around 305,000 jobs in the European Union.
Gas contributes around €100bn in revenues annually to the treasuries of European Countries (European Economic Area, EEA).
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To reach the daily equivalent of energy transportation of a large gas pipeline, 1465 gasoil trucks or 1518 wagons of coal would be needed.
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