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Gas In Focus

Gas transitions for a net-zero emissions world

Gas is the fastest growing fossil fuel with consumption reaching across sectors such as electricity, heating and industry. The role of gas as an energy carrier varies widely between geographies, some regions being net consumers, some exporters and some transit hubs. The transition to a net-zero emissions world will mean significant change for all of them.

Gas sector interests are deeply embedded in national and international (geo)politics. Any change needs to be well-planned as the infrastructure can have a lifetime of 60 years or more. In recent years, E3G’s work has put a focus on untangling these political economy challenges within Europe as well as within Multilateral Development Banks. E3G’s gas research covers areas including; aligning infrastructure planning with European Climate Policy, re-thinking the energy security challenge, understanding the financial impacts of decarbonisation on fossil fuels and their investments, as well as the role of renewable and decarbonised gases for the clean energy transition.

Briefing summary- Pro-consumer, pro-climate: a new EU agenda for natural gas

Europe needs a new agenda on natural gas. Over the last 15 years, the EU has introduced successive waves of gas-focused regulation, aimed at strengthening gas-on-gas competition and increasing gas security. However, the energy sector is transforming rapidly. The rise of digitalisation, electrification, sector integration and active demand management means that...

Infrastructure for a changing energy system: the next generation of policies for the European Union

European energy markets, technologies, business models, geopolitics and political objectives are changing rapidly. The EU’s approach to energy network infrastructure needs to keep pace. This requires reform to current delivery instruments and processes, including: aligning infrastructure policies with climate targets, updating definitions of energy security, broadening understanding of...