25 April, 2013

Gas infrastructure companies commit to working together to develop carbon neutral gas supply by 2050

- GRTgaz of France and Swedegas of Sweden join Dutch-Danish-Belgian initiative
- The five European gas infrastructure companies are to develop a 100% carbon-neutral gas supply by 2050
- Gas infrastructure is key to proactively help develop gas infrastructure solutions required for the realization of a low carbon scenario for Europe

Brussels, 24 April 2013 - During Gas Week in the European Parliament today, gas infrastructure companies GRTgaz (France) and Swedegas (Sweden) joined the initiative by Gasunie (The Netherlands), Energinet.dk (Denmark) and Fluxys Belgium (Belgium) to deliver a carbon neutral gas supply by 2050.

In signing the common commitment, the companies agree to work together across borders in order to exchange knowledge and best practice on ways to develop a 100% carbon-neutral gas supply by 2050, in line with the EU energy and climate goals.

Gas infrastructure enables the transportation and storage of energy at a scale unmatched by other energy systems and is essential to the achievement of the EU’s low carbon scenario. New technologies and know-how will have to be integrated into the gas system to arrive at a 100% carbon-neutral gas supply by 2050. With this challenge in mind in June 2012 Fluxys Belgium, Gasunie and Energinet.dk signed a common commitment to support each other on the path to reaching the target on carbon-neutrality. Key areas of cooperation are:
- Power to gas technologies and hydrogen transmission
- Gas and LNG as fuel for road and maritime transport
- Green gas (on the basis of biogas and gasification of biomass) and development of green certificates

This joint initiative is an open platform that welcomes all gas infrastructure companies committed to making a significant effort to develop a sustainable gas supply.

The five parties will arrange a number of joint seminars that will bring experts together from each company in order to further identify the potential for exchanging know-how on the initiatives that will lead to a 100% carbon-neutral gas supply by 2050.

Philippe Boucly, CEO of GRTgaz stated: “Gas infrastructure has a key role to play to support the energy transition and the development of renewable energy. The current French energy transition debate is an opportunity to increase political and public awareness of the benefits of gas and the role of the gas infrastructure in a low carbon economy. We see a clear potential in ensuring that we exchange ideas and knowledge with our partners.”

Lars Gustafsson, CEO of Swedegas commented: “Signing the Green Gas Commitment is in line with our sustainable investments for the future. We aim to find synergies between our existing gas grid and new technologies such as Power to Gas. We also see this commitment as a possibility to stimulate large scale production and distribution of biogas through a wider European collaboration.”

Walter Peeraer, CEO of Fluxys Belgium stated: “We are delighted to include GRTgaz and Swedegas as strong partners in our cooperation. We have taken upon ourselves to develop a 100% carbon-neutral gas supply by 2050. This is a huge task, and cooperation across borders will help to ensure that we learn from each other and for each of us to find the path that is best suited to our market.”

Paul van Gelder, CEO of Gasunie: “Natural gas is the ideal partner of renewable energy. Gas and gas infrastructure have unique properties to maintain the balance between the energy consumption patterns on the one hand and the volatile, unpredictable supply of renewable energy sources on the other. Moreover, relatively clean gas contributes to achieving European climate goals.”  

Peder Østermark Andreasen, CEO of Energinet.dk: “We are committed to develop a green energy infrastructure.  And the best and most efficient way to do this is through European cooperation. This is why we value this partnership.”

More information
 Energinet.dk: Johnny Thomas Holst, +45 5138 0710; JTH@energinet.dk
 Fluxys Belgium: Rudy Van Beurden, +32 282 77 54; rudy.vanbeurden@fluxys.com
 Gasunie: Chris Glerum, +31 50 521 27 89; press@gasunie.nl
 GRTgaz: Damien de Gaulejac , +33 1 55 66 42 94;
 Swedegas: Saila Horttanainen, +46 70 622 76 06; saila.horttanainen@swedegas.se

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