Climate Action

Decarbonise now with gas!

Quick wins for the climate are possible with gas. The required technology and infrastructure are already in place to switch to gas in all sectors – heating, power generation and transport.

Climate Targets

At the Paris climate conference in 2015 195 countries signed an agreement to limit global warming to below 2°C. Meeting this goal requires a rethink of how we all use and consume energy.

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Insufficient Progress

Despite all the efforts, Europe is on course to miss the 2030 climate targets. Much more needs to be done. Let‘s make the energy transition happen using the full benefits that gas can offer.

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Our Renewable Energy Future

Gas, wind and sun – providing Europe with clean heat, electricity and transport.

Quick wins for the climate are possible when renewables are combined with gas. The required techology and infrastructure is already in place to switch to gas in all sectors – heating, power generation and transport.

Gas provides the flexibility which is needed with an increasing share of variable renewables. When there is too little wind and sun, modern gas power generation supplies you with the electricity you need.

And when there is surplus electricity, innovative power-to-gas technology provides the ideal storage as well as renewable gas.

And what‘s more, in tomorrow‘s decentralised energy system micro- CHPs and fuel cells produce your own, clean, reliable heat and electricity at home – an ideal partner for rooftop solar panels.

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Gas Heating

Switching to modern gas heating systems is a quick and low-cost way to reduce CO2 emissions.

Reducing CO2 emissions with gas

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The energy transition starts at home

Replacing a traditional oil-fired boiler with a modern gas condensing boiler would instantly reduce CO2 emissions by up to 55% - and even more with renewable gas while achieving efficiencies approaching 100%. With 80% of the current building stock expected to be still in place in 2050, gas condensing boilers are the most cost-effective way to reduce CO2emissions.

Even further reductions can be achieved by installing gas heat pumps, micro-CHPs or fuel cells. All of these technologies work well with renewable energy systems such as solar panels.

And what’s more, micro-CHPs or fuel cells enable you to produce your own, clean reliable heat and electricity at home.

Clean Power Generation

Reducing emissions by switching to gas.

Gas: Quick wins for the climate

Switching from lignite to gas reduces CO2 emissions by up to 66%. Overall Europe has enough spare capacity in gas-fired generation to replace all coal-fired generation. Simply increasing the utilisation of gas-fired generation1 from 36% to 65% would reduce CO2 emissions by approx. 300 million tonnes per year.

Lower emissions with gas

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Decarbonisation of Transport

Reducing emissions and improving air quality on the road and at sea.

Road: CNG vs. Diesel GHG reductions1,2

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Tackling emissions with CNG and LNG

The use of compressed natural gas (CNG) and liquefied natural gas (LNG) in transport (including cars, light and heavy duty vehicles, and ships) greatly improves air quality thanks to very low emissions of NOx and particulates. Gas in transport also reduces CO2 emissions by around 25%.

There is no limit to blending natural gas with renewable gas (e.g. from waste, biomass, excess electricity) driving CO2 emissions towards zero in the long term.

As such gas can play a vital role in meeting both national and ambient air quality requirements, as well as the EU’s 2050 greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions reduction goals, particularly the 60% GHG target for transport.