Eurogas is committed to achieving the objectives of the Paris Agreement and supports the European Commission’s long-term vision of a carbon neutral economy by 2050.

It is apparent that gaseous energy will have to play an important, long-term role in Europe’s climate neutral economy.

The direction of the upcoming EU energy policy framework will be decisive in providing the right framework conditions for the decarbonisation of the gas sector.

The EU Strategy for Energy System Integration should:

• Provide the right framework conditions for the most cost-effective path to decarbonisation. To do this policy choices must be based on a holistic assessment of system costs and consider all externalities, rather than promoting specific technology solutions for specific sectors as a means to an end.

• Provide investor confidence to scale renewable and decarbonised gas technologies, through a binding EU-level target for renewable and decarbonised gas, a harmonized framework for Guarantees of Origin and targeted support to help commercially immature technologies to reach maturity.

• Build on the benefits of the existing gas infrastructure to support a just transition in all sectors. Clear rules are needed to facilitate the integration of renewable and decarbonised gas into the gas infrastructure, particularly hydrogen. To increase market uptake and maintain the interoperability of the EU gas infrastructure, technical rules should enable and foster the blending of hydrogen and methane.

• Ensure tradability of renewable & decarbonised gas in a competitive market. A competitive and liquid gas market will remain critical for EU industry competitiveness and to deliver affordability for EU consumers, but no longer enough. Effective market design is required to facilitate the integration and tradability of renewable and decarbonised gases to achieve climate objectives alongside competitiveness and affordability.

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