12 September, 2019
Statement of DVGW CEO Gerald Linke on the occasion of the European Energy Policy and Law Conference today in Bruxelles:
Fuel of Choice
“Paving the way for the wider use of green gases is one of the major achievements the EU should now strive for. By using gases, we will reach the goals of the Paris Agreement in climate protection, security and economic aspects much more efficient than e.g. by going the all-electric-path.
Gas-based best practice solutions have been available for a long time. However, there are still obstacles to overcome. First of all, we need a legal definition for all green gases. Secondly, it is important to create more incentives for the use of green gases in all sectors. And we have to make the well-developed gas infrastructure, which amounts to 2 millions of kilometers in the EU, ready for green gases and hydrogen. Mandatory goals for green gases should be established by all member states.”
The EU Council and Parliament set the EU´s long-term climate vision to 2050, including highly ambitious renewable energies and energy efficiency targets. Supposing that the next Commission will play a decisive role with respect to the future of European energy policy, FSR Conference is aimed to discuss the vital aspects like completing the infrastructure linking all Member States to multiple gas sources and finalising detailed regulatory changes.