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The European gas infrastructure can help deliver the EU Hydrogen and Energy System Integration Strategies  

8 July 2020

Today, the European Commission has released its two eagerly awaited strategies on Hydrogen and Energy System Integration. GIE applauds and supports these efforts which, combined with the assets of the existing European gas infrastructure, set the European Union on track in strengthening its industrial leadership whilst reaching its 2050 climate neutrality target.

“Using the existing European gas infrastructure to transport hydrogen will enhance the decarbonisation of the so-called “hard-to-abate” sectors (buildings, heavy-duty transport, aviation, shipping, or industrial processes). It will additionally allow the establishment of a more integrated energy system that will welcome an increasing share of renewables and will offer the most cost-effective and sustainable solution to EU citizens, contributing to economic and social recovery.” said Boyana Achovski, Secretary General of Gas Infrastructure Europe (GIE).

As highlighted by Kadri Simson, EU Commissioner for EnergyEurope’s extensive gas infrastructure can be retrofitted and future-proofed to one-day transport hydrogen across the EU” (Financial Times). It also offers a unique opportunity to maintain and expend Europe’s technological leadership while generating employment.

As a result of its ability to integrate varying geographies and scales across the EU, gas transmission network can be fit for transporting large volumes of hydrogen with relatively minor investments. Gas storages can provide large seasonal storage for hydrogen. Some retrofitting will allow salt caverns to welcome pure hydrogen whereas current assessments on depleted gas fields also show great potential. Providing flexibility tools, they can store sustainable and fluctuating energy on a large scale and at low cost, thereby ensuring the security of supply and securing a cost-efficient integration of renewable energy sources. LNG terminals are well-positioned to develop new services contributing to energy transition. EU’s Ports could be transformed into centers for offshore electricity, enabling the global trade of renewable hydrogen or synthetic fuels and LNG terminals could become the entry door for liquid hydrogen.

To accomplish the ambitions of the EU Green Deal, the Hydrogen Strategy will define an investments agenda for the EU while boosting the demand for scaling up production of renewable and low-carbon hydrogen. This will be achieved by removing potential regulatory obstacles to innovative technologies and by establishing a supportive framework, designed to enable market rules enhancing the deployment of the hydrogen market. To stimulate an efficient hydrogen infrastructure development (ex via repurposing), ensuring the integrity of the internal market through the upcoming legislative reviews will be essential, as well as, securing the full integration and interoperability of hydrogen infrastructure, including the trans-European Networks for Energy and the Ten-Year Network Development Plan (TYNDPs).

Another pivotal requirement is the necessity of promoting research and innovation in renewable and low-carbon hydrogen technologies and accelerating investment. In this regard, GIE is proud to present you today how the European gas infrastructure can help deliver the EU Hydrogen Strategy via a leaflet gathering some of the innovative hydrogen-related projects that would greatly benefit from appropriate regulatory measures to ensure the creation of a competitive market. You will learn how GIE members are currently steering the expansion of renewable and low-carbon hydrogen value chains across the EU.

To properly harness the opportunities associated with hydrogen economy while paving the way towards carbon neutrality, GIE calls for a comprehensive and open-minded approach:

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A common terminology via clear, accurate and science-based definition of renewable and low-carbon gases, including clean hydrogen.

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A set of national binding consumption targets for renewable and low-carbon gases, including hydrogen, by considering technological developments and decarbonization pathways of individual Member States.

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An EU-wide credible documentation of the green value of renewable and low-carbon gases, including hydrogen, such as Guarantees of origin (GOs), with a technology-neutral approach and compatible with the EU ETS.

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The adjustment of levies, grid charges and taxes to reflect societal benefits provided by the gas infrastructure and the avoidance of double charging.

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The amendments of relevant EU legislation (e.g. TEN-E regulation) to enable network owners to operate several categories of gases (including hydrogen) and providing them with incentives to adapt their infrastructures to cope with the coexistence of different gases.

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The alignment of the EU Hydrogen Strategy with upcoming policy measures, particularly the Strategy for Energy System Integration and the Sustainable Finance and Taxonomy, to ensure a fully integrated market in view of the development of renewable and low-carbon gases, including hydrogen.

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The upcoming Offshore Wind Strategy as an opportunity to rework how overall system efficiency gains can be achieved by looking at the optimal way to bring hydrogen from supply source to demand area (i.e. offshore conversion). Those are issues we need to address to allow the whole infrastructure to play its role.

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A Roadmap for hydrogen gas assets readiness developed by/in close cooperation with the gas infrastructure and electricity sector.

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A robust regulatory framework that will allow research, development and pilot projects by infrastructure operators on renewable and low-carbon gases, including the injection of pure, blended H2, synthetic methane and other renewable and low-carbon gases into gas infrastructures and end-use applications.

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Transparent and uniform criteria for better comparability of objective life cycle assessments (GHG total carbon footprint) to assess policy measure and technologies.

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Gas Infrastructure Europe (GIE) is the association representing the interests of European gas infrastructure operators active in gas transmission, gas storage and Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) regasification. GIE is a trusted partner of European institutions, regulatory bodies and industry stakeholders. It is based in Brussels, the heart of European policymaking. GIE currently represents 69 member companies from 26 countries. GIE’s vision is that by 2050, the gas infrastructure will be the backbone of the new innovative energy system, allowing European citizens to benefit from a secure, efficient and sustainable energy supply.

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GIE - EBA Press Release
 

The 'European Biomethane Map 2020' shows a 51% increase of biomethane plants in Europe in two years

  • The analysis of the data collected shows that the number of biomethane plants in Europe has increased from the 483 plants (2018) to 729 units (2020).
  • The information gathered in the document comes from national biogas associations, energy agencies and companies.
  • The European Biomethane Map locates and lists all known biomethane installations in operation in Europe.
  • 18 countries are currently producing biomethane in Europe. Germany has the highest share of biomethane plants (232), followed by France (131) and the UK (80).

Brussels, 18 June 2020

The European Biogas Association (EBA) and Gas Infrastructure Europe (GIE) have just released the second edition of the ‘European Biomethane Map’. The analysis of the data collected shows that the number of biomethane plants in Europe has increased by 51% in 2 years, from 483 in 2018 to 729 in 2020. There are currently 18 countries producing biomethane in Europe. Germany has the highest share of biomethane plants (232), followed by France (131) and the UK (80).

GIE - EBA Biomethane Map 2020

This is the second edition of the map. It has been made in cooperation between two organisations promoting the development of renewable gases: the European Biogas Association (EBA) and Gas Infrastructure Europe (GIE). The first edition of the map was launched in spring 2018. This comprehensive map locates and lists all known biomethane installations running in Europe. It has been produced with the information gathered from national biogas associations, energy agencies and companies.

The map provides specific details about each biomethane plant, including their connection to the gas grid, feed-in capacity, main substrate used, upgrading process and date of start of operation. Cross-border interconnection points and pipelines are also indicated.

The map brings additional data about the European biomethane market evolution, distribution of plants in European countries, and forecasts of natural gas and biomethane indigenous production in Europe until 2037.

The 2020 edition of the map has been updated with new features such as:

  • The type of connection to the grid: some plants are connected to the transport grid, others to the distribution grid and a few are not connected as they use it for their own consumption.
  • The type of gas transported in a specific grid. It depends on national specifications and can be low caloric or high caloric.
  • The map also shows whether there is on site production of Bio-CNG or Bio-LNG, which can be used as a green fuel in the transport sector.

"In recent years, the development of biomethane has experienced a dynamic ascent and this 51% increase in the number of biomethane plants over the past two years confirms this positive trend. Our industry is already producing 23 TWh of this green gas. By 2030, the sector could substantially enlarge the production to 370 TWh and reach 1,170 TWh by 2050. The EU is in need for green gas solutions such as biomethane. Political support is essential to maximise the needed deployment of biomethane and ensure smart sector integration.’’
Susanna Pflüger, EBA Secretary General

“Biomethane has many positive externalities nowadays and we were looking forward to present the recent development of this technology in Europe. It is already showcased by several studies that a fully renewable energy system in which biomethane play a major role in a smart combination with renewable electricity and Europe’s well-developed existing infrastructure offers the best solution to cost-effective and resilient energy system integration. Developing waste to solutions in energy, of which biomethane for example, will provide the flexible energy we look for. It will also create circular and decarbonized local economies and in Europe we already have all the ingredients to make this happen.”
Boyana Achovski, GIE Secretary General

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EBA statistical report 2019 includes updated data and statistics on the biogas and biomethane industries.

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The European Biogas Association (EBA) is the voice of renewable gas in Europe since 2009. EBA advocates the recognition of biomethane and other renewable gases as sustainable, on demand and flexible energy sources that provide multiple knock-on socio-economic and environmental benefits. Supported by its members, EBA is committed to work with European institutions, industry, agricultural partners, NGOs and academia to develop policies which can enable the large-scale deployment of renewable gases and organic fertilisers throughout Europe, supported by transparent, well-established sustainability certification bodies to ensure that sustainability remains at the core of the industry. The association counts today on a well-established network of over 100 national organisations, scientific institutes and companies from Europe and beyond.

Gas Infrastructure Europe (GIE) is the association representing the interests of European gas infrastructure operators active in gas transmission, gas storage and Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) regasification. GIE is a trusted partner of European institutions, regulatory bodies and industry stakeholders. It is based in Brussels, the heart of European policymaking. GIE currently represents 69 member companies from 26 countries. GIE’s vision is that by 2050, the gas infrastructure will be the backbone of the new innovative energy system, allowing European citizens to benefit from a secure, efficient and sustainable energy supply.

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GIE - IOGP - MARCOGAZ - PRESS RELEASE
 

  29 April 2020

European gas industry publishes first guidelines for methane emissions reduction target setting

Brussels, 29 April 2020 – Gas production, infrastructure operators and technical associations publish first common industry guidelines to help companies set methane emission reduction targets as complement to mitigation strategies.

Reducing methane emissions contributes to decarbonising Europe’s energy system and put the EU on track to achieve its objective of climate neutrality by 2050. Together with operational measures to effectively manage methane emissions, the establishment of companies’ voluntary emissions reduction targets can help them set a clear and measurable objective against which to assess their progress.

The guidelines identify in a comprehensive manner the key elements of the process to establish a target and also address how to keep track of progress once a target is set. They also give an overview of industry’s achievements so far in this field.

“This document is the fruit of an excellent collaboration exercise across the value chain. A significant number of European gas companies have targets in place, and some of those who don’t are willing to do so as well. We encourage our Members and all gas value chain actors who are considering to establish methane emission reduction targets to do so based on these technical guidelines” said Francisco de la Flor, GIE and MARCOGAZ Board member.

Setting voluntary targets for methane emissions has been a contributing factor for many of them. Company-specific targets are listed in the report “Potential ways of the gas industry can contribute to the reduction of methane emissions” which also gives an overview of ongoing industry initiatives.

“Expectations on our industry are high, and we’re proud to see the way the whole value chain has stepped up. We hope these guidelines will encourage even more companies to join this effort and help further strengthen the environmental credentials of natural gas” says François-Régis Mouton, IOGP Regional Director Europe.

The guideline’s content has been developed by gathering GIE, IOGP and MARCOGAZ Members’ input through a questionnaire.

GIE, IOGP and MARCOGAZ encourage and recommend that gas industry companies follow the process laid out in the guidelines when establishing emission reduction targets. The guidelines that can be accessed here.

Guidelines for Methane Emissions Target Setting

Note to editors

Gas Infrastructure Europe (GIE) is the association representing the interests of European gas infrastructure operators active in gas transmission, gas storage and Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) regasification. GIE is a trusted partner of European institutions, regulatory bodies and industry stakeholders. It is based in Brussels, the heart of European policymaking. GIE currently represents 70 member companies from 26 countries. GIE’s vision is that by 2050, the gas infrastructure will be the backbone of the new innovative energy system, allowing European citizens to benefit from a secure, efficient and sustainable energy supply.

IOGP’s Members account for 90% of European oil and gas production, and 40% at global level. IOGP serves industry regulators as a global partner for improving safety, environmental and social performance. IOGP also acts as a uniquely upstream forum in which our members identify and share knowledge and good practices to achieve improvements in health, safety, the environment, security and social responsibility. IOGP supports the EU’s objective to reach climate neutrality by 2050. To help the EU reach climate neutrality by 2050, Europe’s Oil & Gas Industry has a clear way forward: reducing its own carbon footprint, supplying cleaner energy and developing long-term management solutions.

MARCOGAZ is the representative body of the European Natural Gas Industry on all technical issues. We aim to monitor and take influence when needed on European technical regulation, standardisation and certification with respect to integrity and safety of pipeline systems, equipment, and the rational use of energy.

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IOGP
Nareg Terzian, Senior Manager, Strategic Communications & Media
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M: +32 470 90 59 62
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MARCOGAZ
MARCOGAZ Secretariat
T: +32 2 237 11 11
E: marcogaz@marcogaz.org

 

 

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GIE publishes new edition of the Small Scale LNG map

Brussels, 15 June 2020

The new GIE Small scale LNG map published today provides the LNG industry and interested parties with an updated overview of the available, planned and announced small scale LNG infrastructure and services in Europe. Its display has been improved to make the readability even more user friendly.

GIE Small-Scale LNG Map 2020

Infrastructures for Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) are continuing to develop strongly throughout Europe whether as fuel in maritime and heavy road transport or as off-grid energy solution.

  • For road transport, the existing trend has been confirmed: there are now about 280 LNG fuelling stations in operation, while the milestone of the 200th station was reached just one year ago.
  • For ships bunkering, the progress is even more striking: there are now 9 vessels dedicated to LNG bunkering, with 5 more expected to be delivered by the end of 2020, while three years ago there were only 2.
  • Supplying industrial sites not connected to the gas grid is another expanding major usage of small scale LNG.

All these usages are benefitting from the development of versatile small scale infrastructure. They expand the geographic availability of small scale LNG onshore, on inland waterways or at sea. Related services are now or will soon be available in nearly all large scale terminals, new projects of small scale LNG terminals and small scale liquefaction plants are also developing in more and more countries.

Last but not least, an additional step allowing the energy transition has been taken: liquid biomethane production plants are developing in several European countries (Norway, Sweden, Italy, UK, Finland…).

LNG has great potential for replacing heavy fuel oil and diesel in freight transport and shipping, as well as in supply to industrial sites and communities not connected to a pipeline network. This is thanks to the LNG superior environmental performance. Indeed, LNG has a much smaller carbon footprint and switching to LNG brings an immediate benefit on air quality and therefore health:

• up to 25% less CO2;
• up to 90% less nitrogen oxide (NOx);
• negligible quantity of sulphur and fine particulates.

Moreover, all LNG infrastructures are “carbon neutral ready” : they can immediately manage, without any limitation, liquid biomethane (which is already happening) or synthetic methane (i.e. methanated green hydrogen), or can adapt to other carbon neutral molecules.

Arno Büx, GLE President: “In order to support its development, GIE continuously provides up-to date information on the state and use of Europe’s LNG infrastructure. With the publication of the 2020 GIE small scale LNG map, GIE confirms its commitment to providing information, expertise and transparency tools to the European institutions, the regulatory bodies, the market and any other stakeholders. The rapid growth of small scale LNG illustrates its potential to pave the way to a greener energy future.”

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The GIE small scale LNG map is available for download on GIE website.

Should you be interested in the print format, please feel free to order it online.

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Gas Infrastructure Europe (GIE) is the association representing the interests of European gas infrastructure operators active in gas transmission, gas storage and Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) regasification. GIE is a trusted partner of European institutions, regulatory bodies and industry stakeholders. It is based in Brussels, the heart of European policymaking. GIE currently represents 69 member companies from 26 countries. GIE’s vision is that by 2050, the gas infrastructure will be the backbone of the new innovative energy system, allowing European citizens to benefit from a secure, efficient and sustainable energy supply.

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  20 April 2020

European Gas Storage Operators keep you going

Brussels, 20 April 2020

As the world grapples with immediate priorities, European Gas Storage Operators keep sight of next winter's security of supply.

Zsana gas storage facility, Hungary - MFGT

Zsana gas storage facility in Hungary (Hungarian Gas Storage)

Underground gas storages across Europe provide the largest component of energy storage and, in doing so, ensure the sustained security of energy supply for the continent. When filled to the brim, as it was the case at the end of last year, they cover around 60% of typical winter European gas consumption1. This, plus the uncertainties in gas demand caused by the current crisis, have shown how crucial gas storages are to Europe to maintain a balanced and resilient energy system.

László Fritsch, the newly elected President of Gas Storage Europe (GSE)2, CEO and Chairman of the Board of Hungarian Gas Storage, reflected on this, stating: ”As soon as the current crisis became apparent, gas storage operators adapted their operation and took the necessary steps to maintain normal business operation and prepare for next winter’s supply. Now, after a month, GSE members are confident that during this extraordinary crisis, the gas storage business continuity is ensured and the supply of natural gas has been, and will continue to be,  flawless. Our colleagues have been playing a key role in Europe’s energy supply for many years, which has always been an immense responsibility. The gas storage community is absolutely aware of the significance of this responsibility and are doing their job with commitment and dedication in this pandemic situation as well.”

Excellence in operations is especially important during the current period (March-April) as gas storage switches from withdrawal to injection mode. Operators need the knowledge and flexibility to meet a wide range of customer requests from intra-hourly up to seasonal needs and react promptly to guarantee energy supplies.

As Axel Wietfeld, Managing Director of Uniper Energy Storage and GSE Executive Committee member, commented: ”The European storage industry as part of the critical infrastructure has been able to maintain stable storage operations and guarantee a high level of security of supply amid the current pandemic crisis. Today, gas storages are well-filled3. Despite some maintenance activities being postponed, subject to a proper risk assessment, business operations will continue during the entire filling season. We are commited to managing our business-critical assets with high safety levels and to staying effective in empowering the energy transition in Europe.”

Gas storages also provide valuable support to the targets of the EU Green Deal. At a moment when the energy transition was speeding up and whilst the current crisis is disrupting some parts of the energy supply chain, underground gas storages are an immediate solution to contribute to the switch from more carbon-intensive energy carriers to low-carbon and renewable gases. From now on, they can accommodate biomethane and synthetic methane, as well as green hydrogen, without extensive network investment for the benefit of society.

1 European Commission (2020) Quarterly Report on European Gas Markets, Market Observatory for Energy, DG Energy, 12(4), 4th quarter of 2019. Available at:
https://ec.europa.eu/energy/sites/ener/files/
quarterly_report_on_european_gas_markets_q4_2019_final.pdf

2 GSE is a column under the umbrella organisation
Gas Infrastructure Europe (GIE).

3 European natural gas storage inventories as of 18 April 2020, were 58% full – the highest ever recorded level for mid-April, according to Gas Storage Europe’s Aggregated Gas Storage Inventory (AGSI+).

Zsana gas storage facility, Hungary - MFGT

GIE Storage Map 2018 –
Existing and Planned Infrastructure in Europe
Available for download here

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Gas Infrastructure Europe (GIE) is the association representing the interests of European gas infrastructure operators active in gas transmission, gas storage and Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) regasification. GIE is a trusted partner of European institutions, regulatory bodies and industry stakeholders. It is based in Brussels, the heart of European policymaking. GIE currently represents 69 member companies from 26 countries. GIE’s vision is that by 2050, the gas infrastructure will be the backbone of the new innovative energy system, allowing European citizens to benefit from a secure, efficient and sustainable energy supply.

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