Gas industry advocates argue that expansion of gas infrastructure is justified because it will be possible to switch to low-carbon gases such as hydrogen and biomethane in future. But research by the International Council on Clean Transportation (ICCT) predicts that biomethane production will remain modest, even with massive subsidies. The idea that Europe’s gas sector could go carbon-free by 2050 is nothing more than a pipe dream, according to new research. A study by environmental policy analysis group the International Council on Clean Transportation (ICCT) shows renewable methane, the most promising low-carbon natural gas substitute today, could offset at most 12% of total projected European gas demand in 2050. The gas industry has put forward various estimates for the amount of renewable gas that could go into Europe’s energy system by 2050. Last year, Beate Raabe, the secretary general of Eurogas, the trade association representing the interests of the gas industry in Europe, gave a figure of 76%. Gas Wind and Sun, a Eurogas website, says the level could be 70%, amounting to around 322 billion cubic metres (bcm).
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