Eurogas, the association representing the European gas wholesale, retail and distribution sectors, has delivered its Long-term Outlook for Gas to 2035. The association declares that significant potential exists to lower CO2 emissions by using gas as a substitute for oil products. Furthermore, “Gas use in transport has the potential to reach a sevenfold increase if the right political environment and coordinated support of all stakeholders are in place.”
Widening opportunities for gas offer new scope for growth in demand in the transport sector, although that growth will still likely represent less than 4% of total gas demand by 2035, according to Olivier Lebois, Senior Adviser, System Development for European Network of Transmission System Operators for gas (ENTSOG).
The long-term outlook was the theme for a Eurogas Workshop held in Brussels on October 22. In the transport segment of discussion, it was said that the potential now extends from fleet and passenger vehicle use of compressed natural gas (CNG) to rapidly expanding possibilities for liquefied natural gas (LNG) in trucks and maritime transport. As indicated in the chart, gas demand is likely to rise across all outlook cases – from 2 Mtoe in 2010 to around 14 Mtoe by 2035.
Founded in 1990, Eurogas has some 50 companies and associations from 26 countries as members.