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16.04.2018

Can Renewable Gas Contribute to the EU Decarbonisation Efforts?

Last Monday, the 9th of April 2018, the Florence School of Regulation organised a Policy Workshop “The Renewable Gas Complex and the European Path to […] read more

Gas

Andris Piebalgs

Topic of the Month

28.03.2018

Bottlenecks for delivering renewable gas

Written by Andris Piebalgs FSR Topic of the Month: Renewable Gas #4 Looking at the future of renewable gases or ‘green gas’ in Europe, it is […] read more

Gas

Jean Michel Glachant

News

23.03.2018

FSR in Tokyo! Trading LNG at liquid and flexible hubs

On the 27th of March, Jean-Michel Glachant, Director of the Florence School of Regulation will participate in the workshop on ‘Trading LNG at liquid and […] read more

Gas

Lights on WomenTopic of the Month

22.03.2018

The European experience with Renewable Gas

FSR Topic of the Month: Renewable Gas #3 Written by Maria Olczak and Andris Piebalgs   In the 2012 assessment of the biogas development potential in Europe, Floris […] read more

Gas

Andris Piebalgs

Topic of the Month

14.03.2018

What is renewable gas?

FSR Topic of the Month: Renewable Gas #2 Written by Maria Olczak and Andris Piebalgs Biogas, biomethane, green hydrogen, and synthetic natural gas (SNG) are all […] read more

Gas

Andris Piebalgs

Topic of the Month

7.03.2018

Could gas be a destination fuel for Europe?

Gas is well placed to supply back-up to intermittent renewable electricity because of the flexibility and short start-up times... read more

Energy Union LawGas

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Lights on WomenNews

29.01.2018

Who are ‘protected customers’ for the EU Regulation(s) for security of gas supply? The Eni SpA and Others case (C-226/16) and the margin of discretion of Member States

By Lucila de Almeida and Lavinia Tănase The Russia-Ukraine crisis in January 2009 brought an unprecedented disruption for the gas supply in Europe. It also […] read more

Gas

InterviewLights on Women

19.01.2018

All you need to know on the EU energy market in 2018-2019… in one interview!

The FSR is pleased to publish an exclusive interview to Klaus-Dieter Borchardt (Director, DG ENER), by Ilaria Conti (Head of FSR Gas Area) – recorded […] read more

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Ilaria and Andris

News

20.12.2017

FSR Gas area’s first year of life

The FSR Gas area was officially born in February 2017, almost one year ago – but its first year of life was so hectic that […] read more

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Can Renewable Gas Contribute to the EU Decarbonisation Efforts?

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Last Monday, the 9th of April 2018, the Florence School of Regulation organised a Policy Workshop “The Renewable Gas Complex and the European Path to Decarbonisation”.

The future of gas in the decarbonised EU energy system and the questions whether gas is a transitional fuel or should be a destination fuel are now widely-debated not only among the EU policy-makers in Brussels, but also in the EU capitals and major European energy companies.

As FSR has been traditionally acting as a platform to facilitate the discussion between different stakeholders, we invited a broad range of speakers including academics from the University of Groningen and the University College London, the officials from the European Commission, ENTSOG and ACER, a representative of the German government and representatives of major European energy companies.

Jean-Michel Glachant, the FSR Director opened the workshop, followed by an introduction by Andris Piebalgs (formed Energy Commissioner, FSR Energy) and Albert Bressand (UCL), who jointly chaired the meeting.

 The event was divided into 3 sessions. In the first, we focused on the learning curve characteristics to different types of renewable gas (biogas, biomethane, syngas and hydrogen) and the role of the existing gas infrastructure. In the second and the third sessions, we addressed the question of how to accelerate the penetration of the renewable gas in the EU energy mix through policy and regulatory intervention in the short-, medium- and the long-term.

The workshop wrapped up with the following conclusions:

  • even with a decreasing demand, there will still be a place for gas in the EU energy mix,
  • the share of gas in the EU energy mix depends, to a large extent, on the availability, cost and environmental benefits of the decarbonisation options such as: the biogas/biomethane, Power-to-Gas, Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS),
  • Renewable Gas technologies deserve policy and regulatory support. The support should be based on the principle of technology neutrality and the lessons learned from the renewable electricity support.

See the photo gallery from the workshop

 

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