Mediaroom RSS feed https://www.gasnaturally.eu Mediaroom Tue, 16 Oct 2018 14:53:14 GMT en-en LNG in Shipping - Working Breakfast in the European Parliament https://www.gasnaturally.eu/mediaroom/179/39/LNG-in-Shipping---Working-Breakfast-in-the-European-Parliament} https://www.gasnaturally.eu/mediaroom/179/39/LNG-in-Shipping---Working-Breakfast-in-the-European-Parliament Mon, 15 Oct 2018 00:00:00 GMT On 9 October GasNaturally organised a working breakfast on LNG in shipping in the European Parliament.  

The event was co-hosted by Zdzislaw Krasnodebski, the Vice President of the European Parliament and coordinator in ITRE Committee for the ECR group, and Massimiliano Salini, member of ITRE Committee for the EPP group.

The panel discussion with experts from the industry, academia, and the EU institutions was moderated by François-Régis Mouton, IOGP Europe Director and the Chair of GasNaturally’s Steering Committee.

The event gathered over 80 participants and the speakers’ presentations were followed by a lively Q&As session.

Key takeaways from the event:

  • LNG far outperforms conventional marine fuelling solutions on a local emissions basis;
  • LNG is much less volatile than oil, and the numbers of LNG-fuelled ships are growing strongly; 
  • Small-scale LNG enables the replacement of high-emission fossil fuels in transportation, heating and cooling, industry, decentralised power generation decentralized and other off-grid destinations;
  • If methane emissions are constrained, a combination of LNG and other efficiency measures, together with bio-LNG will support the delivery of decarbonisation targets by 2050 set by the International Maritime Organisation.

     

Check the presentations from our speakers to learn more:

Tomasz Stepien, GazSystem - Small Scale LNG in Europe

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Paul Balcombe, Imperial College London - Environmental Impacts of LNG as a Shipping Fuel

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Steve Esau, SEA/LNG - The Future Fit Solution for the Maritime Sector

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Availability, environmental performance and fuel costs: key factors for policymakers to consider ahead of votes on CO2 targets for cars https://www.gasnaturally.eu/mediaroom/177/39/Availability-environmental-performance-and-fuel-costs-key-factors-for-policymakers-to-consider-ahead-of-votes-on-CO2-targets-for-cars} https://www.gasnaturally.eu/mediaroom/177/39/Availability-environmental-performance-and-fuel-costs-key-factors-for-policymakers-to-consider-ahead-of-votes-on-CO2-targets-for-cars Mon, 25 Jun 2018 00:00:00 GMT GasNaturally, a platform of six associations from across the whole gas value chain, calls on the European Parliament committees to factor in the benefits of gas in transport when voting on the CO2 targets for cars proposal in July and September. Gas in transport is a mature and available technology, and it is a cost-efficient solution to reduce carbon emissions and improve air quality.

GasNaturally shares concerns expressed by ACEA on the need to consider affordable solutions when defining CO2 targets for cars. Prohibiting European consumers from accessing more affordable energy sources would strongly affect the CO2 reductions efforts in the transport sector. Instead, opting for a technology-neutral approach would guarantee a fair comparison of the CO2 footprint among different powertrains. It will help open the European markets to all available solutions and ensure full affordability across the high, medium and low-wealth EU Members States.

Affordability is a major factor in consumer uptake – market surveys show that in some regions an electric vehicle would need to cost €15 - €17K to be affordable to an average consumer.  This price is far from being the reality now. In contrast, gas cars are already affordable, and so is gas itself. Not only does gas help consumers to save on fuel, it also helps reduce climate-related emissions from transport.

Furthermore, the gas technology is ready and able to switch to a blend of renewable and natural gas, whereas the existing gas infrastructure can also accommodate the growing share of renewable gas.

Concentrating  efforts and resources on a single solution, in this case on electricity, would lead to limited emissions reductions results. It would also significantly delay the much needed GHG emission reductions in the transport sector – something that can be achieved with gas already today! The EU policymakers should look at all the readily-available and affordable solutions without forcing the system to accelerate only in one direction at the expense of consumers.

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Press Release: Letter to the Energy Council https://www.gasnaturally.eu/mediaroom/176/39/Press-Release-Letter-to-the-Energy-Council} https://www.gasnaturally.eu/mediaroom/176/39/Press-Release-Letter-to-the-Energy-Council Fri, 08 Jun 2018 00:00:00 GMT Ms  Temenuzhka Petkova
Chair of the Energy Council
Minister of Energy
Triaditsa Str. 8
Sofia, 1000
Bulgaria

 

 

Letter to the Energy Council meeting on 11 June 2018

 

Dear Minister Petkova,
Dear Ministers of the EU Member States,

 

The adoption of the “Clean Energy for All Europeans” package will be a milestone in the energy transition. GasNaturally - representing more than 300 companies along the gas value chain - appreciates the efforts of the Bulgarian Presidency in that respect.

The gas industry has been delivering reliable, affordable and cleaner fuel to the EU consumers for decades and we are ready to play a key role to support the EU in its climate and energy goals.

In view of your meeting on 11 June, we would like to highlight key opportunities offered by gas to help the EU reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, while ensuring energy security, flexibility and affordability.

Governance Regulation

As Member States are preparing integrated national energy and climate plans and long-term low-emission strategies, here are some of the solutions that our industry can offer to ensure the most affordable and effective energy transition:

- Substitution of coal with gas in power generation

- Backup of variable renewables with gas-fired generation

- Combined heat and hydrogen used in industry

- Highly efficient domestic heating appliances, including gas/electric hybrid technology

- Transport solutions, including the use of liquefied natural gas for trucks and ships

- The expansion of biomethane production and injection into gas grids

- Sector coupling through power-to-gas technology

- Carbon capture and storage/use in connection with various uses of gas

Renewable Energy Directive

Europe’s 2050 decarbonisation objectives can be reached more affordably by integrating renewable gas alongside renewable electricity[1]. Equitable treatment of renewable electricity and renewable gas in the Directive will make this happen. More specific references to renewable gases, e.g. biomethane, as well as hydrogen and synthetic gas produced with surplus renewable electricity, would help achieve this.

Energy Efficiency Directive

A switch to gas from higher-carbon fuels not only reduces carbon dioxide emissions cost-effectively, it also provides gains in energy efficiency. For example, replacing a traditional oil boiler with a condensing gas boiler delivers efficiency gains of up to 65%. Micro-CHP and gas heat pumps rank even better at A++.

For these reasons, it is essential that the default Primary Energy Factor for electricity corresponds to the efficiency of the current EU energy mix. Otherwise, inefficient heating equipment would be moved into higher labelling classes.

Targets

Member States should have full flexibility in achieving the targets. This is crucial to ensure maximum and the most cost-effective progress because significant levels of investment will be required to meet the EU’s climate goals and inefficient use of funds would only place an unnecessary financial burden on consumers.

The chosen targets should not influence the development of the carbon price under the ETS Directive, which will continue to be a powerful and cost-effective tool to reduce GHG emissions and to achieve compliance with the Paris Agreement. The ETS is growing even more in significance as since 2014 GHG emissions in the EU only declined in 2016 (by 0.4% compared with 2015), and increased again in 2017 (by 0.3% compared with the previous year).

Phasing out higher carbon fuels is very important. The UK has drastically reduced its carbon dioxide emissions in power generation thanks to phasing out coal and increasing the use of natural gas and renewables.

I wish you successful discussions,

Marco Alverà

President of GasNaturally



[1]€140bn savings a year, according to the Gas for Climate Consortium

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Press release: GasNaturally on Sustainable finance: Enhanced role of natural and renewable gas could speed delivery of EU’s climate goals https://www.gasnaturally.eu/mediaroom/174/39/Press-release-GasNaturally-on-Sustainable-finance-Enhanced-role-of-natural-and-renewable-gas-could-speed-delivery-of-EU-s-climate-goals} https://www.gasnaturally.eu/mediaroom/174/39/Press-release-GasNaturally-on-Sustainable-finance-Enhanced-role-of-natural-and-renewable-gas-could-speed-delivery-of-EU-s-climate-goals Thu, 22 Mar 2018 00:00:00 GMT GasNaturally notes with interest the European Commission’s Action Plan on Sustainable Finance, released on March 8, but argues that to deliver the fullest benefits, the contribution gas can make to social and environmental sustainability targets must also be recognised. 

“Natural gas is a cost-effective, near-term solution to reducing CO2 emissions and air pollution which will enhance the EU’s ability to deliver its climate and energy policy goals,” said Marco Alverà, President of GasNaturally.

The gas industry points out that natural gas and liquefied natural gas could contribute to rapid decarbonisation of the transportation sector, especially heavy-duty vehicles and maritime vessels, significantly improving air quality.

Gas has a role in sustainable development

GasNaturally is aligned with High-Level Expert Group on Sustainable Finance’s view that “sustainability means making economic prosperity long-lasting, more socially inclusive” and would like to see specific recognition that gas will play a key role in building a sustainable and circular economy, which balances environmental, economic and social considerations.

European energy policies, in which gas plays a key role, are already based upon sustainability, security of supply, and industrial competitiveness. Gas in all its forms - natural gas, biomethane, hydrogen, renewable gas from power-to-gas process - relies on infrastructure that already exists, is already largely amortized, is practically invisible and is proven safe and reliable. Natural gas can contribute to improving efficiency and, with relatively small investments, continue to provide supply security and resiliency. 

This is why we are wary of some elements accompanying the Action Plan that show a narrow focus on particular technologies and solutions. For example the climate mitigation criteria for investment in distribution and transmission systems in the draft Sustainability taxonomy are based on primary screening metrics that give clear privilege to the integration of renewables without taking into account the costs and the resilience of the whole energy system.

Prescriptive approaches should be avoided

GasNaturally supports a broad approach to sustainability aligned with the EU’s goals that is applicable to all types of assets and capital allocation.  A prescriptive approach could deprive the European energy system of the benefits offered by the existing gas network and close the door to innovative sources of renewable energy such as power-to-gas, waste-to-hydrogen, and gas-to-hydrogen, which rely on the gas network.

The integration of variable renewables comes with technical and financial implications for the grid. Natural gas and its infrastructure are already in place and can store, carry and dispatch large amounts of energy at any time, and at a fraction of the cost of a system which relies on electricity transmission and storage only.

In the upcoming work on the new classification of sustainable assets, the following elements need to be considered:

 

·       Deployment of renewable electricity production will be limited without sufficient energy storage. Stable energy supply should be valued by investors since any disruption in the energy system could lead to substantial economic damage. The gas network can provide that storage affordably, therefore lifting some of this risk and eventually lowering end-use costs. 

·       Gas grids are able to carry increasing volumes of renewable gases - biogas, biomethane and hydrogen - used in key sectors of the economy: heating, transport, and power generation. This potential needs to be reflected in any classification of infrastructure assets.

·       Transparency about the costs and benefits of different pathways of energy transition is required to provide accurate information to consumers on the cost implications of various energy sources and energy infrastructure upgrades.

Sustainable Development Goals should underpin all new initiatives and policies driving private and public investment

Long-term planning should be the priority when mobilising private and public capital. Energy infrastructure development is typically linked to long-term investment. The right financing framework would help investors support gas infrastructure projects with a long-term perspective, while taking full account of the EU energy and climate targets. It is therefore a question of matching projects and investors interested in long-term stability and sustainability.  Introduction of a “green” category of assets, even if only through a voluntary label at first, will not help in building a holistic and knowledge-based approach to sustainable energy systems of the future. Classification of gas technologies outside of the “green” investments would effectively preclude a much needed boost from private investors to very promising technologies such as:

 
  • High-efficiency CCGTs
  • Biogas and biomethane
  • Carbon Capture and Storage//Carbon Capture and Utilisation
  • Large-scale production of hydrogen
  • Renewable Power-to-gas

The International Energy Agency foresees a role for all of these technologies in its most ambitious, Sustainable Development Scenario in which climate, air quality and access to energy are addressed.

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Press Release: Snam CEO Marco Alverà appointed first GasNaturally President https://www.gasnaturally.eu/mediaroom/166/39/Press-Release-Snam-CEO-Marco-Alvera-appointed-first-GasNaturally-President} https://www.gasnaturally.eu/mediaroom/166/39/Press-Release-Snam-CEO-Marco-Alvera-appointed-first-GasNaturally-President Tue, 13 Jun 2017 00:00:00 GMT BRUSSELS, June 13th, 2017: Marco Alverà, Chief Executive Officer of Snam, has been appointed as the first President of GasNaturally, the partnership representing the European gas industry.


“I am pleased and honoured to serve as GasNaturally President,” said Mr. Alverà. “Tackling climate challenge and improving air quality in our communities are two of the most pressing issues of our time. Natural gas can help find a solution to both.”


“I look forward to fostering the cooperation within our industry and with the renewable energy industry to underline the crucial role that gas can play in producing electricity, heating our homes as well as in powering our transport. Modern technologies are making gas a compelling and readily available fuel to achieve EU 2030 targets and beyond.” – added Mr. Alverà.


A graduate in Philosophy and Economics from the London School of Economics, Marco Alverà has considerable experience in the natural gas business and, more generally, in the energy sector. During his career, he has held positions of increasing responsibility first at Enel, where between 2002 and 2004 he closely followed the development of the gas business of the company and the IPO of Terna, and at Eni, where between 2005 and 2015 he managed the most important domestic and international matters in the natural gas business. He was appointed CEO of Snam in April 2016.


“GasNaturally’s members and myself look forward to continuing our constructive dialogue with EU policymakers and stakeholders on the solutions needed to position gas as a pillar of a sustainable energy mix and deliver the energy transition in a way which benefits all and leaves no consumer behind” Mr. Alverà stated.

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European Voice Event on Completing the EU's internal energy market https://www.gasnaturally.eu/mediaroom/21/39/European-Voice-Event-on-Completing-the-EU-39-s-internal-energy-market} https://www.gasnaturally.eu/mediaroom/21/39/European-Voice-Event-on-Completing-the-EU-39-s-internal-energy-market Wed, 26 Sep 2012 00:00:00 GMT Programme available here

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Liquefied Natural Gas Development in the EU https://www.gasnaturally.eu/mediaroom/20/39/Liquefied-Natural-Gas-Development-in-the-EU} https://www.gasnaturally.eu/mediaroom/20/39/Liquefied-Natural-Gas-Development-in-the-EU Tue, 25 Sep 2012 00:00:00 GMT Article available here

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GIE Press Release: Gas is the no-regrets energy choice for Europe https://www.gasnaturally.eu/mediaroom/15/39/GIE-Press-Release-Gas-is-the-no-regrets-energy-choice-for-Europe} https://www.gasnaturally.eu/mediaroom/15/39/GIE-Press-Release-Gas-is-the-no-regrets-energy-choice-for-Europe Thu, 24 May 2012 00:00:00 GMT Director General Phillip Lowe highlights the importance of gas https://www.gasnaturally.eu/mediaroom/14/39/Director-General-Phillip-Lowe-highlights-the-importance-of-gas} https://www.gasnaturally.eu/mediaroom/14/39/Director-General-Phillip-Lowe-highlights-the-importance-of-gas Tue, 07 Feb 2012 00:00:00 GMT In a presentation of the Main findings of the Energy Roadmap 2050, Philip Lowe, Director-General for Energy, highlights the importance of Gas

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GasNaturally Chairman quoted in EurActiv https://www.gasnaturally.eu/mediaroom/12/39/GasNaturally-Chairman-quoted-in-EurActiv} https://www.gasnaturally.eu/mediaroom/12/39/GasNaturally-Chairman-quoted-in-EurActiv Fri, 16 Dec 2011 00:00:00 GMT A 15 December article quotes GasNaturally Chairman Francois-Regis Mouton chairman, welcoming the Commission’s emphasis on gas and said that the EU executive itself had recognised that its scenarios for gas might be “too conservative”.

“The success of renewables without gas is hard to imagine and if Europe is serious about significantly cutting CO2 emissions today, replacing higher carbon fuels with gas is the cheapest and fastest way to achieve this,” he told EurActiv”

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Press Release: Gas Makes a Clean Future Real for Europe https://www.gasnaturally.eu/mediaroom/8/39/Press-Release-Gas-Makes-a-Clean-Future-Real-for-Europe} https://www.gasnaturally.eu/mediaroom/8/39/Press-Release-Gas-Makes-a-Clean-Future-Real-for-Europe Tue, 06 Dec 2011 00:00:00 GMT Launch of the ‘GasNaturally’ initiative to demonstrate the importance of gas in the Energy Roadmap 2050.

GasNaturally, a new initiative and website launched today, will highlight the many benefits of gas in the context of the European Commission’s forthcoming Energy Roadmap 2050. Gas is the cleanest hydrocarbon fuel; it is also an abundant, secure and reliable energy source, making it an attractive, stand-alone energy source as well as the ideal partner for renewables. Gas is flexible, available and can be stored and transported easily in large quantities. Innovative gas technologies and products are being developed today to increase energy efficiency and to provide new solutions that will help Europe achieve its low-carbon economy objectives. GasNaturally is responding to the Commission’s call for an inclusive debate on competitive solutions to ensure security of energy supplies while achieving the targeted CO2 reductions.

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International Energy Agency publishes World Energy Outlook 2011 https://www.gasnaturally.eu/mediaroom/5/39/International-Energy-Agency-publishes-World-Energy-Outlook-2011} https://www.gasnaturally.eu/mediaroom/5/39/International-Energy-Agency-publishes-World-Energy-Outlook-2011 Wed, 09 Nov 2011 00:00:00 GMT The International Energy Agency’s World Energy Outlook 2011 looks at the role of natural gas in future energy supply.  In the special report  “Are We Entering A Golden Age Of Gas?”, the IEA predicts that global demand for natural gas will grow but in what is termed “OECD Europe” supply will decline between 2010 and 2035.  This is supported by data showing that gas output in OECD Europe fell by 20 billion cubic metres (bcm) between 2005 and 2010. Regarding unconventional gas the report says “Unconventional gas now accounts for half of the estimated natural gas resource base and it is more widely dispersed than conventional resources, a fact that has positive implications for gas security”.  Unconventional gas’s share in total gas production is expected to reach one-fifth by 2035 but it will vary from region to region.

In Europe, exploration has only started in some regions and significant extraction is not expected for a few years.  The authors suggest that in Europe like elsewhere the potential of natural gas and the development of unconventional gas is limited due to incomplete or under developed regulatory frameworks.  In order for unconventional gas to play a significant role in the future European energy supply, environmental concerns must be addressed such as groundwater protection and minimizing the quantity of water used in production.  The report also looks at how reduction in CO2 emissions will affect growth of natural gas, saying it is both a benefit and a hindrance to Europe.  Though natural gas is a good replacement for coal it does not provide sufficient reductions to make it an environmentally viable alternative to renewables or nuclear with the current available technology. Additionally, natural gas vehicles are not expected to take off as natural gas powered vehicles emit twice as much CO2 in Europe than electric cars.  However, combined-cycle gas turbines which emit roughly half the amount of CO2 emissions of a new coal fired power station are becoming more prevalent in Europe as a means to reduce emissions from power generation.  Overall the report concludes that while the understanding of the potential benefits of unconventional gas is increasing, questions over the environmental impact create uncertainties in particularly in regions where projects are not yet underway.

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Christian Democrats (EPP) hearing - “Building European Energy Diplomacy: External Dimension of Energy Security for Europe” https://www.gasnaturally.eu/mediaroom/4/39/Christian-Democrats-EPP-hearing---Building-European-Energy-Diplomacy-External-Dimension-of-Energy-Security-for-Europe} https://www.gasnaturally.eu/mediaroom/4/39/Christian-Democrats-EPP-hearing---Building-European-Energy-Diplomacy-External-Dimension-of-Energy-Security-for-Europe Thu, 10 Nov 2011 00:00:00 GMT On 10 November, the Christian Democrat (EPP) Group in the European Parliament held a hearing on “Building European Energy Diplomacy: External Dimension of Energy Security for Europe”. Speakers including EP President Jerzy Buzek (EPP, Poland) and Energy Commissioner Günther Oettinger discussed the importance of Europe’s energy policy and the need for diversification.

Energy experts, Professor Alan Riley, City University of London and Dr Frank Umbach, Senior Associate for International Energy Security at the Centre for European Security Strategies King’s College London,  expressed their support for natural gas development in Europe.  This view was supported by Commissioner Oettinger who also talked about his concerns regarding Europe’s dependency on natural gas from other countries and highlighted the role unconventional gas could play in addressing this issue.

Prof Riley spoke of his support for the European Gas Advocacy Forum’s study “Making the Green Journey Work”. He explained how increasing existing EU average load capacity of 45 per cent to 70 per cent would allow for comparative reduction in coal-fired electricity generation and a subsequent reduction in carbon emissions. As detailed in the study, this would be a cheaper than investing in renewable energy sources and is suitable for short-term implementation.  Prof. Riley went on to say shale gas development would help Europe achieve its climate change targets, as well as help balance the energy market providing greater energy security. Dr Umbach looked at the potential sources of natural gas for Europe. Citing the 300 bcm/y of natural gas expected from sources outside of Russia and Central Asia,  as well as supply via Nabucco and the South Stream, Dr Umbach suggested that Europe could face problems related to oversupply in the coming decade.

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Building energy infrastructure is not a zero-sum game https://www.gasnaturally.eu/mediaroom/175/39/Building-energy-infrastructure-is-not-a-zero-sum-game} https://www.gasnaturally.eu/mediaroom/175/39/Building-energy-infrastructure-is-not-a-zero-sum-game Fri, 27 Apr 2018 00:00:00 GMT This opinion piece was first published in Euractiv on 27 April

Full electrification does not mean decarbonisation, writes Marco Alverà. 
Infrastructure which carries natural gas today will be needed in future to carry increasing amounts of biomethane, green hydrogen as well as to store energy more efficiently than power lines or batteries, he argues.

Anyone following energy and climate discussions in Brussels is likely to have witnessed the backlash against the latest PCI list for including a number of cross-border gas infrastructure projects.

In my role as President of GasNaturally and CEO of Snam, I would like to address here the concerns of MEPs who took up the pen to express their opposition to the list or to announce their Group’s opposition to any future PCI lists containing projects which would “not contribute to the decarbonisation of our energy landscape.”

Gas can decarbonise: not a zero-sum game

I would first challenge the basic idea that natural gas is ‘just another fossil fuel’. The intrinsic values of gas make it an energy source which achieves a unique balance between cleanliness, flexibility, dispatchability, efficiency and, importantly for EU consumers, affordability.

Second, investments in gas infrastructure should not be seen in opposition to other investments in renewables and energy efficiency. The same infrastructure which carries natural gas today will be needed to carry increasing amounts of biomethane, synthetic gas from power-to-gas, and green hydrogen – all renewable sources of energy – and it already allows for large-scale transportation and storage of energy in a substantially more cost-efficient manner than high-voltage lines or batteries.

From an emissions perspective, when existing powerlines are used to carry electricity generated by coal or lignite power plants – by far the most polluting power plants in Europe (see Sandbag’s analysis) – alternative PCI gas pipelines directly contribute to decarbonisation. In the long term and in addition to renewable gas, they may also carry zero-carbon blue hydrogen, made by stripping natural gas of its CO2 and storing it in depleted oil & gas fields.

Why we build gas infrastructure

Projects selected on PCI lists are assessed against a specific set of criteria: they need to have a cross-border influence, contribute to market and EU network integration, diversification of sources, increase competition to benefit consumers, improve security of supply, contribute to EU climate & energy goals, and facilitate the integration of variable renewable energy sources.

EU Member States build pipelines or LNG terminals to bring an alternative, affordable and cleaner source of energy to EU citizens. It is not about ‘locking’ gas into Europe, but about making sure that all Europeans – including us writing and reading these pages – can keep warm during a dark and windless winter cold spell, the EU’s industry can function all year, and our lights can be switched on when needed.

A country like Malta, which recently shifted from highly polluting heavy fuel oil to natural gas in power generation, is seeking a PCI gas interconnector to Italy as an alternative to its only LNG import terminal. Following the initial GHG and pollutant emissions reduction, the additional competition will help reduce costs for consumers.

Should Member States, especially less integrated ones, be denied the right to the diversified, liquid supply that Northwest Europe enjoys?

Full electrification is not decarbonisation

Too often in Europe, there is confusion between decarbonisation and electrification, and many have somehow been led to believe that full electrification is the silver bullet to reducing GHG emissions.

However, it is increasingly recognised that this is not the case, for various reasons:

Firstly, coal and lignite will only very gradually be phased out of electricity production.

Secondly, only 20% of our energy needs are currently met by electricity. Increasing this, as recent studies (Ecofys, Primes) have shown, requires large investments in electricity infrastructure, causing public acceptance issues with the construction of high-voltage power cables and in particular social issues with respect to the costs to consumers. How will we solve energy poverty if we impose electricity on all Europeans, which is already today around four times more expensive per kWh than natural gas?

Thirdly, there is currently no electric solution to seasonal fluctuation of demand. How will we make sure Europeans can keep warm during the winter if we do not make use of an efficient gas grid?

How will we guarantee a stable supply of electricity from an ever-larger share of variable renewables and a shrinking share of coal and perhaps nuclear, in the absence of affordable and large-scale baseload, backup, and most importantly energy storage solutions?

How will we keep our energy-intensive industry in Europe if we deprive them from the reliable source of heat and feedstock it needs for its production processes, be it natural gas today or hydrogen tomorrow?

If ‘efficiency first’ is to be more than a slogan indeed, then all efficiency gains should be recognised and valued as such. Non-electric sources of heating such as thermal solar, geothermal energy, gas, and others, have the potential to enable substantial GHG savings in a more cost-efficient manner than pursuing a policy of full electrification.

Putting the consumer first, not technology

Gas can be produced from renewable sources, for example biomethane from waste or biomass, synthetic methane and hydrogen from wind and solar energy in power-to-gas facilities. These new technologies will need the support of EU finance mechanisms and PCI status in order for the industry to contribute to achieving EU climate targets, fostering sectoral integration and ultimately to creating synergies between electricity and gas systems.

The value of gas PCIs resides in more than the volumes they will carry – it’s about securing energy supply, not just gas supply and enhancing diversification and real supply competition. It is about increasing the share of renewables, higher energy efficiency, affordability, consumer choice, and keeping industry in Europe.

Our industry calls for sustainable goals which support research and innovation and wide deployment in technologies such as biomethane, power to gas and gas for transport.

The choice is not between gas and electricity. The choice is between whether or not the EU will have a secure and cost-efficient low-carbon energy system.

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Press Release: Natural gas is a strong pillar of the future global energy mix, confirms IEA World Energy Outlook 2017 https://www.gasnaturally.eu/mediaroom/171/39/Press-Release-Natural-gas-is-a-strong-pillar-of-the-future-global-energy-mix-confirms-IEA-World-Energy-Outlook-2017} https://www.gasnaturally.eu/mediaroom/171/39/Press-Release-Natural-gas-is-a-strong-pillar-of-the-future-global-energy-mix-confirms-IEA-World-Energy-Outlook-2017 Tue, 14 Nov 2017 00:00:00 GMT Brussels, 14 November 2017: GasNaturally welcomes the positive prospects for natural gas as the only fossil fuel that sees growth, outlined in the International Energy Agency’s World Energy Outlook 2017 and its Special Focus on natural gas. The Outlook proves that gas is part of the solution to address climate change and achieve a low-carbon future rapidly.  

The new edition of the World Energy Outlook sees the long-term role of gas in the global energy mix and acknowledges its opportunities in power generation, transport and heating. “The IEA’s Outlook clearly confirms that gas will be a vital fuel of choice for decades to come. Tackling climate change and improving air quality are among the most pressing environmental issues of our time. Natural gas provides a solution to both,” says GasNaturally President Marco Alverà.

In addition to the environmental benefits of switching from coal to gas in power generation, the IEA recognises the vast potential of gas to curb emissions even further. This includes carbon capture and storage technologies, as well as the enrolment of renewables-based gases such as biogas or hydrogen. “The gas industry is already significantly investing in developing innovative solutions to lower CO2 emissions and increase energy efficiency. Cutting-edge technologies such as CCS and power-to-gas have considerable potential for growth,” adds Marco Alverà

The gas industry is committed to reducing methane emissions and minimising the environmental footprint of gas use. Its initiatives have already led to considerable progress: methane emissions from natural gas operations have been nearly halved between 1990 and 2015, and they only account for 5% of EU methane emissions now, or 0.6% of overall EU GHG emissions[1]. Our aim as GasNaturally is to make gas an even better option for the environment by tackling the methane emissions issue head-on,” states Marco Alverà.

The IEA’s World Energy Outlook sees gas establishing itself as a strong pillar in the global energy mix, thanks to its flexibility and lower carbon emissions. The IEA also confirms the high potential of gas to improve urban air quality and thus contribute to human health as gas has lower levels of nitrogen oxides, virtually no sulphur dioxide or particulate matter, and no mercury emissions. The versatility of gas makes it interesting beyond a GHG emissions perspective. An increasing number of countries, such as China and India, are turning to gas as the key contributor to solve the severe urban air quality problems,” argues Marco Alverà. “Moving forward, we encourage all signatories of the Paris Agreement, and in particular the EU Member States, to lay down in their Nationally Determined Contributions the various ways in which gas can help reach their climate objectives.”



[1] Annual European Union greenhouse gas inventory 1990–2015 and inventory report 2017: https://www.eea.europa.eu/publications/european-union-greenhouse-gas-inventory-2017

 

Press contact: info@gasnaturally.eu   

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Press Release: Letter to C40 Mayors from the President of GasNaturally https://www.gasnaturally.eu/mediaroom/173/39/Press-Release-Letter-to-C40-Mayors-from-the-President-of-GasNaturally} https://www.gasnaturally.eu/mediaroom/173/39/Press-Release-Letter-to-C40-Mayors-from-the-President-of-GasNaturally Thu, 04 Jan 2018 00:00:00 GMT Brussels, 4 January 2018: On the 22th December 2017 Marco Alvera the President of GasNaturally sent a letter presenting the benefits of gas as a vehicle fuel to the Mayors of C40 initiative - a global network of cities committed to addressing climate change.  The letter outlines the key environmental, health and economic benefits of a switch to gas in transport and it welcomes the recent uptake of gas-fuelled vehicles in public transport services in two European capitals. The letter was delivered to Anne Hidalgo the Chair of C40 and Mayor of Paris, and to the Mayors of cities at the forefront of sustainable transport development.

 

Brussels, 22 December 2017

Dear Mayors, 

On behalf of GasNaturally, a European partnership of six associations that represent the entire gas value chain, I am writing to you to present innovative solutions that could best improve the air quality in your cities.

Air quality is one of the largest environmental challenges that municipalities are currently facing. Despite the strengthening of emissions standards, particulate matter strongly affects air quality, often leading to respiratory and other health problems among urban populations.

To improve air quality, on top of technological breakthroughs, political courage is needed to promote a cultural change in how citizens use energy and to ensure the economic sustainability of city-led initiatives.  

Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) and Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) vehicles are ready, mature, and affordable solutions to improve cities’ air quality. Given the low capital expenditures required to convert gasoline-powered vehicles to natural gas, fleet renewals can be quickly accelerated. CNG-powered cars can achieve over 90% reduction of particulate matter and emit more than 30% less CO2 than petrol cars, without need for subsidies and without compromising on performance, as the engine is the same (see Annex I).

Natural gas is also the best partner to support low-emission mobility through wider use of renewable energy sources. For example, renewable gas produced from biomass conversion of municipal waste and/or from renewable electricity via power-to-gas processes is fully compatible with existing CNG vehicles. 

GasNaturally welcomes the recent decisions of two major cities. Madrid’s public transport company, EMT, announced that it will order more environmentally-friendly natural gas-fuelled buses, reaching 75% of its fleet by 2019. Equally positive is the adoption of alternative fuels by companies providing services to the City of Paris.

In conclusion, natural gas offers cost-effective and clean solutions to improve air quality and address climate change challenges. Further, it is readily available to any city in the world that aims at providing its citizens with cleaner air. At GasNaturally we are keen to promote additional ideas to foster progress in municipalities.  We would be delighted to further discuss the cleaner solutions gas can deliver to the C40 cities and remain at your disposal to provide you with any additional information.

 

Yours sincerely,

Marco Alverà

 

GasNaturally President

president@gasnaturally.eu

 

 

To:

Ms Anne Hidalgo, Mayor of Paris, Chair of C40 Cities

CC:

Mr Sadiq Khan, Mayor of London

Mr Eric Garcetti, Mayor of Los Angeles

Mr Frank Jensen, Mayor of Copenhagen

Ms Ada Colau, Mayor of Barcelona

Mr Mauricio Rodas Espinel, Mayor of Quito

Mr Gregor Robertson, Mayor of Vancouver

Mr Miguel Mancera, Mayor of Mexico City

Mr Giuseppe Sala, Mayor of Milan

Ms Jenny Durkan, Mayor of Seattle

Mr Phil Goff, Mayor of Auckland

Ms Patricia de Lille, Mayor of Cape Town

 

 

Annex I

 

Adding natural gas vehicles to the fleet renewal process is more effective and cost-efficient than focusing only on electric vehicles. Renewing a bus fleet with natural gas-fuelled vehicles delivers greater environmental benefits than doing so with electric vehicles for the same cost.

Cities have a particular interest in reducing non-methane hydrocarbons (NMHC). Due to the presence of nitrogen oxide in the atmosphere, when combined with sunlight these emissions have a direct harmful effect on the human respiratory tract. They also cause acidification and are therefore damaging to plants. As the formation of NMHCs in gas is particularly low, when compared with conventional fuels, natural gas offers ten times less reactivity to ozone formation. Under the Worldwide Harmonized Light Vehicles Test Cycles (WLTC) recently adopted in Europe, natural gas vehicles have the lowest level of ozone precursor formation.

Finally, reducing particulate matter can significantly improve air quality. Again, the use of natural gas in vehicle engines comes out ahead: tests show that engines using natural gas have up to 97% lower particulate emissions compared with those using conventional fuels.

Press contact: info@gasnaturally.eu

 


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Innovation @ GasWeek 2016 https://www.gasnaturally.eu/mediaroom/155/39/Innovation-GasWeek-2016} https://www.gasnaturally.eu/mediaroom/155/39/Innovation-GasWeek-2016 Thu, 13 Oct 2016 00:00:00 GMT 21-24 November 2016 (Strasbourg, France)

Gas Week has become a signature event on the EU calendar, enabling industry stakeholders and EU policymakers to come together and discuss the future of Europe’s climate and energy policy.  This year’s edition will consist of a number of events in the European Parliament in Strasbourg, France.

Innovative technologies will play a key role in achieving Energy Union and climate goals. With this in mind, Gas Week 2016 aims to highlight how gas can play an active role in driving innovation and new solutions across sectors. 

Gas Week 2016 will bring together high-level speakers from the public and private sector to offer fresh perspectives on topics ranging from partnering gas and renewables, and decarbonizing transport, to improving urban air quality. You can follow our Gas Week events on our website and on social media throughout the week. Don’t miss your opportunity to join the conversation @GasNaturally on Twitter!

We look forward to welcoming you! 

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Watch new GasNaturally President Marco Alvera’s welcome message https://www.gasnaturally.eu/mediaroom/170/39/Watch-new-GasNaturally-President-Marco-Alvera-s-welcome-message} https://www.gasnaturally.eu/mediaroom/170/39/Watch-new-GasNaturally-President-Marco-Alvera-s-welcome-message Wed, 12 Jul 2017 00:00:00 GMT Marco Alverà, President of GasNaturally and CEO of SNAM, explains how natural gas can contribute to reaching the EU’s climate and energy targets by reducing emissions, tackling energy poverty and integrating renewables into the energy system.

Watch video here

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IOGP's Positions on the Clean Energy Package https://www.gasnaturally.eu/mediaroom/169/39/IOGP-39-s-Positions-on-the-Clean-Energy-Package} https://www.gasnaturally.eu/mediaroom/169/39/IOGP-39-s-Positions-on-the-Clean-Energy-Package Fri, 07 Jul 2017 00:00:00 GMT Delivering a flexible, resilient and secure market: IOGP response to the proposal on Power Market Design

IOGP recommendations for a reliable and transparent governance system of the Energy Union

Integration of renewables under market conditions: IOGP response to the revised Renewables Directive

IOGP contribution to the debate on the Energy Efficiency Directive

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Debate hosted by MEP Adina-Ioana Valean finds gas is key to delivering effective & affordable Clean Energy Package https://www.gasnaturally.eu/mediaroom/168/39/Debate-hosted-by-MEP-Adina-Ioana-Valean-finds-gas-is-key-to-delivering-effective-amp-affordable-Clean-Energy-Package} https://www.gasnaturally.eu/mediaroom/168/39/Debate-hosted-by-MEP-Adina-Ioana-Valean-finds-gas-is-key-to-delivering-effective-amp-affordable-Clean-Energy-Package Tue, 04 Jul 2017 00:00:00 GMT

A dinner debate on the Clean Energy Package, hosted last night in the European Parliament by MEP Adina-Ioana Valean, Chairwoman of the ENVI Committee, found that gas is a flexible and an affordable fuel which can reduce carbon emissions and improve air quality in all energy sectors.

In her remarks, MEP Valean emphasised that gas can contribute to achieving the energy transition. “Natural gas, which is still largely produced in Europe, can help in achieving the objectives of the Clean Energy Package in a cost-effective way and reduce emissions in heating, power generation and transport,” said Ms V?lean.

The newly appointed GasNaturally President, Marco Alverà, who is also the CEO of the Italian gas TSO Snam, added: “The gas industry sees the Clean Energy Package as a key step forward in putting consumers back at the heart of energy policies and reinforcing energy market principles.”

Mr Alverà further stressed that the most cost-effective way to achieve the EU’s climate and energy goals is to combine gas and renewable electricity. “Ensuring access to both clean and affordable energy is clearly a priority for Europe and for our industry. As the EU prepares to tackle this issue, it will be crucial to keep in mind that gas is three times cheaper than electricity,[1]said Mr Alverà.

He added that domestic gas production, the existing gas infrastructure, including storage and LNG, help to create a liquid market and provide the flexibility needed to integrate an increasing share of variable renewables into the EU energy mix. “What is more, gas can also be renewable, efficiently transported and stored in the existing infrastructure, thus facilitating Europe’s energy transition,” – concluded GasNaturally President.

Together with Marco Alverà, GasNaturally and its members will continue dialogue with EU policymakers and stakeholders on the secure and resilient energy system for EU consumers.

 

 
 


[1] Report ‘Energy prices and costs in Europe’, European Commission, COM (2016) 769 final.

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Gas is one of the safest bets for EU’s energy and climate success https://www.gasnaturally.eu/mediaroom/167/39/Gas-is-one-of-the-safest-bets-for-EU-s-energy-and-climate-success} https://www.gasnaturally.eu/mediaroom/167/39/Gas-is-one-of-the-safest-bets-for-EU-s-energy-and-climate-success Tue, 04 Jul 2017 00:00:00 GMT Europe will need gas to make renewables work. One of my principal aims as the new president of GasNaturally will be to engage with our partners and policymakers and explain why gas is one of the safest bets if we want EU energy and climate policy to be a success, writes Marco Alverà.

Marco Alverà is the president of GasNaturally, a grouping of European gas explorers, producers and distributors.

At this stage, the advantages of gas as a cleaner alternative to coal are well known. But there is one aspect which is sometimes overlooked in the pursuit of delivering policy: affordability.

If consumers have difficulties paying their bills due to costs associated with the greater share of renewables in the energy mix, the transition to a cleaner system could face strong opposition from the public.

If governments choose this path, they will face a public backlash at some point and will have to slow the adoption of cleaner technologies, jeopardising the overall process. There is a risk that if consumers can’t have affordable heating, they will make their governments feel the heat. Governments need gas to ensure that renewables are accepted by the public. Gas is needed to make renewables work.

There are a few things we can do, however, to achieve a low-carbon economy at a lower price tag.

We already know that switching away from coal to gas in power generation – where coal contributes around 80% of the sector’s carbon emissions – will cut CO2 emissions by half. This can be done by restarting existing gas plants and even converting coal plants to gas plants at a limited cost.

When it comes to heating, electrification raises costs for consumers. In Europe, electricity is three times more expensive than gas per kWh. Despite falling prices for certain technologies, this gap is expected to widen in the years to come as electricity infrastructure needs to be reinforced and large-scale storage becomes necessary. In terms of efficiency, gas appliances are among the most efficient and cheapest to run, especially compared to electric versions.

Gas – compressed natural gas (CNG) and liquefied natural gas (LNG) – is also well suited for transport, representing a cost-effective solution for reducing carbon emissions and improving air quality. Beyond the road transport sector, these technologies are also able to deliver environmental benefits for the marine sector, when used in river barges and sea/ocean-going ships.

Some advocate mass electrification of various sectors as the best way forward. However, this would jeopardise the security of energy supply, restrict choices and unnecessarily add cost to consumers’ bills due to the large investments that would be needed to renew and expand electricity infrastructure in a short time.

Existing gas infrastructure can carry energy across the continent at a much lower cost than new electricity infrastructure. It can simultaneously provide the option of large-scale energy storage by converting excess electricity from solar and wind sources into synthetic gas.

R&D funding should therefore focus on emerging technologies, such as carbon capture and storage, power-to-hydrogen or methane, and any other promising, non-mature technologies. Subsidies for mature technologies, which are already competitive, only inflate consumer energy bills and need to be phased out.

Finally, the safe production of gas here in Europe deserves to be maximised to preserve and extend diversification of energy supplies, create jobs and a strong supply chain, and generate government revenues.

Our industry is committed to helping the EU achieve its climate and energy objectives. We are also committed to providing affordable energy to consumers. But we will only succeed in modernising our energy system if European consumers support this effort, which is conditional on their ability to pay their bills.

In short, our objective is clear: to rapidly build a cleaner, reliable and affordable energy system for all consumers. The optimum, direct route to achieving this is by combining natural gas and renewables.

If we do not get the approach right, we risk alienating consumers, who are crucial in enabling the energy transition.

Let’s prove that clean energy and affordable bills can go together.

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Eurogas views on the Proposal for a Directive of the European Parliament and of the Council on the Promotion of the Use of Energy from Renewable Sources (Recast) https://www.gasnaturally.eu/mediaroom/165/39/Eurogas-views-on-the-Proposal-for-a-Directive-of-the-European-Parliament-and-of-the-Council-on-the-Promotion-of-the-Use-of-Energy-from-Renewable-Sources-Recast} https://www.gasnaturally.eu/mediaroom/165/39/Eurogas-views-on-the-Proposal-for-a-Directive-of-the-European-Parliament-and-of-the-Council-on-the-Promotion-of-the-Use-of-Energy-from-Renewable-Sources-Recast Tue, 06 Jun 2017 00:00:00 GMT More gas use in 2015 and 2016 makes CO2 emissions tumble https://www.gasnaturally.eu/mediaroom/164/39/More-gas-use-in-2015-and-2016-makes-CO2-emissions-tumble} https://www.gasnaturally.eu/mediaroom/164/39/More-gas-use-in-2015-and-2016-makes-CO2-emissions-tumble Mon, 10 Apr 2017 00:00:00 GMT Position Note on the Impact Assessment SWD (2016) 405 final and the PEF value proposed for the EED https://www.gasnaturally.eu/mediaroom/163/39/Position-Note-on-the-Impact-Assessment-SWD-2016-405-final-and-the-PEF-value-proposed-for-the-EED} https://www.gasnaturally.eu/mediaroom/163/39/Position-Note-on-the-Impact-Assessment-SWD-2016-405-final-and-the-PEF-value-proposed-for-the-EED Mon, 10 Apr 2017 00:00:00 GMT Eurogas views on the Energy Efficiency Directive and the Energy Performance of Buildings Directive https://www.gasnaturally.eu/mediaroom/162/39/Eurogas-views-on-the-Energy-Efficiency-Directive-and-the-Energy-Performance-of-Buildings-Directive} https://www.gasnaturally.eu/mediaroom/162/39/Eurogas-views-on-the-Energy-Efficiency-Directive-and-the-Energy-Performance-of-Buildings-Directive Tue, 28 Mar 2017 00:00:00 GMT