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How Natural Gas can Support the Uptake of Renewable Energy

Published: December 2019

How Natural Gas can Support the Uptake of Renewable Energy

(Geneva, 2019)

There is a strong medium-to-long-term future for gas so long as it wholeheartedly embraces the energy transition and partners with renewables to produce carbon-free products, notably hydrogen, whislt embracing carbon capture, use and storage (CCUS).

Gas has several key advantages. It is highly flexible and can be used for heating, cooling, cooking, waste disposal and transportation as well as feedstock for chemicals, fertilisers and pharmaceutical products. Moreover, throughout most of the UNECE area there are already extensive distribution networks that enable gas to be trasferred both across borders and within member states. These networks can be adapted to carry hydrogen, either mixed in with natural gas or as self-contained systems.

But the crucial element remains the ability and willingness of a fragmented gas industry to promote decarbonisation of the gas sector in order to tackle the global climate emergency.