The 'Gas Decarbonisation Pathways 2020-2050' study, prepared by Guidehouse, has analysed different pathways towards the lowest cost climate neutral EU energy system by 2050. The study shows that large-scale production of biomethane and green and blue hydrogen – transported, stored and distributed through existing gas infrastructure and combined with renewable electricity – is important to achieve 55% emission reduction by 2030.
The study’s central and aspirational Accelerated Decarbonisation Pathway examines what scale up of biomethane and blue and green hydrogen would be possible from the 2020s onwards and how these gases can help to accelerate decarbonisation in heavy industry, power production, heavy transport and the heating of existing buildings. The Pathway identifies which investments and innovations are required to achieve the pathway and how gas infrastructure can be used to transport, store and distribute hydrogen and biomethane.
Following this pathway would grasp the opportunities already in the coming decade. It can be part of the emerging European Green Deal: reducing emissions, while creating sustainable jobs, contributing to clean air, and bringing European industry in a leading position in the emerging global markets for these solutions. The study also describes which policy measures are needed to enable the Accelerated Decarbonisation Pathway to materialise.
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