Briefings, Reports

Phasing down gas use in Europe

Benchmarks for gas in Fit for 55

Share
Old natural gas well against a blue sky with clouds. They machinery is green and rusted. It is built on a grassy slope.
Old natural gas well. Photo via Adobe Stock.

Fossil gas is the next frontier for energy systems decarbonisation, already responsible for a quarter of the CO2 emissions in the EU. Experts are clear: to keep in line with the Paris Agreement objectives, global fossil gas consumption must fall by around a third by 2030, and almost entirely by 2050. Policy choices taken in the coming months will need to create the conditions of a rapid phase-down of this energy source.

This briefing provides five benchmarks for a successful transition away from fossil gas in the EU legislation.

  1. Strengthening competition between energy solutions
  2. Enabling a socially just transition away from gas
  3. Focusing renewable hydrogen on hard-to-electrify end-uses
  4. Giving a central role to an independent governance body supporting the transition
  5. Clearly communicating the EU’s pathway globally and supporting the transition of impacted partners

Read the briefing in full.

Related

Subscribe to our newsletter

    Privacy and Cookie policy