During Gas Week in the European Parliament (April 23-25), gas infrastructure companies GRTgaz (France) and Swedegas (Sweden) joined the initiative by Gasunie (The Netherlands), Energinet.dk (Denmark) and Fluxys Belgium (Belgium) to deliver a carbon neutral gas supply by 2050, including gas for road and maritime transport.
In signing the declaration of common commitment on April 24, the companies agree to work together across borders in order to exchange knowledge and best practice on ways to develop a 100% carbon-neutral gas supply by 2050, in line with the EU energy and climate goals. By doing so, these energy companies address the challenge of bringing about the required transition without adding additional financial burden on EU citizens, and in conjunction with safeguarding energy supply.
Gas infrastructure enables the transportation and storage of energy at a scale unmatched by other energy systems and is essential to the achievement of the EU’s low carbon scenario. New technologies and know-how will have to be integrated into the gas system to arrive at a 100% carbon-neutral gas supply by 2050.
Key areas of cooperation are:
- Power to gas technologies and hydrogen transmission
- Gas and LNG as fuel for road and maritime transport
- Green gas (on the basis of biogas and gasification of biomass) and development of green certificates
This joint initiative is an open platform that welcomes all gas infrastructure companies committed to making a significant effort to develop a sustainable gas supply.
The five parties will arrange a number of joint seminars that will bring experts together from each company in order to further identify the potential for exchanging know-how on the initiatives that will lead to a 100% carbon-neutral gas supply by 2050.
Philippe Boucly, CEO of GRTgaz stated: “Gas infrastructure has a key role to play to support the energy transition and the development of renewable energy. The current French energy transition debate is an opportunity to increase political and public awareness of the benefits of gas and the role of the gas infrastructure in a low carbon economy. We see a clear potential in ensuring that we exchange ideas and knowledge with our partners”.
Walter Peeraer, CEO of Fluxys Belgium stated: “We are delighted to include GRTgaz and Swedegas as strong partners in our cooperation. We have taken upon ourselves to develop a 100% carbon-neutral gas supply by 2050. This is a huge task, and cooperation across borders will help to ensure that we learn from each other and for each of us to find the path that is best suited to our market.”