According to the Gas Decarbonisation Pathways 2020-2050 study, the introduction of a 10% share of renewable gases – bio-methane and hydrogen – in networks across Europe, together with the increase in renewable electricity, will allow to achieve climate neutrality in 2050 cutting CO2 emissions by 55% by 2030.
This would guarantee an accelerated decarbonisation path for our continent involving economic and employment benefits. Other measures were also suggested: the adaptation of the European regulatory framework on gas infrastructure with the purpose of sector coupling with the electricity system and with the incentive for cross-border exchange of hydrogen and bio-methane. Actions to stimulate demand from the European industry, updating and strengthening of the Emissions Trading System (ETS). The study was commissioned by the European Gas for Climate consortium, which includes Snam, CIB (Italian Biogas Consortium) and 10 other companies and associations from 8 European countries involved with natural gas and renewable gas infrastructures (Enagás, Energinet, EBA - European Biogas Association, Fluxys, Gasunie, GRTgaz, ONTRAS, OGE, Swedegas and Teréga).