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  29 April 2020

European gas industry publishes first guidelines for methane emissions reduction target setting

Brussels, 29 April 2020 – Gas production, infrastructure operators and technical associations publish first common industry guidelines to help companies set methane emission reduction targets as complement to mitigation strategies.

Reducing methane emissions contributes to decarbonising Europe’s energy system and put the EU on track to achieve its objective of climate neutrality by 2050. Together with operational measures to effectively manage methane emissions, the establishment of companies’ voluntary emissions reduction targets can help them set a clear and measurable objective against which to assess their progress.

The guidelines identify in a comprehensive manner the key elements of the process to establish a target and also address how to keep track of progress once a target is set. They also give an overview of industry’s achievements so far in this field.

“This document is the fruit of an excellent collaboration exercise across the value chain. A significant number of European gas companies have targets in place, and some of those who don’t are willing to do so as well. We encourage our Members and all gas value chain actors who are considering to establish methane emission reduction targets to do so based on these technical guidelines” said Francisco de la Flor, GIE and MARCOGAZ Board member.

Setting voluntary targets for methane emissions has been a contributing factor for many of them. Company-specific targets are listed in the report “Potential ways of the gas industry can contribute to the reduction of methane emissions” which also gives an overview of ongoing industry initiatives.

“Expectations on our industry are high, and we’re proud to see the way the whole value chain has stepped up. We hope these guidelines will encourage even more companies to join this effort and help further strengthen the environmental credentials of natural gas” says François-Régis Mouton, IOGP Regional Director Europe.

The guideline’s content has been developed by gathering GIE, IOGP and MARCOGAZ Members’ input through a questionnaire.

GIE, IOGP and MARCOGAZ encourage and recommend that gas industry companies follow the process laid out in the guidelines when establishing emission reduction targets. The guidelines that can be accessed here.

Guidelines for Methane Emissions Target Setting

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Gas Infrastructure Europe (GIE) is the association representing the interests of European gas infrastructure operators active in gas transmission, gas storage and Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) regasification. GIE is a trusted partner of European institutions, regulatory bodies and industry stakeholders. It is based in Brussels, the heart of European policymaking. GIE currently represents 70 member companies from 26 countries. GIE’s vision is that by 2050, the gas infrastructure will be the backbone of the new innovative energy system, allowing European citizens to benefit from a secure, efficient and sustainable energy supply.

IOGP’s Members account for 90% of European oil and gas production, and 40% at global level. IOGP serves industry regulators as a global partner for improving safety, environmental and social performance. IOGP also acts as a uniquely upstream forum in which our members identify and share knowledge and good practices to achieve improvements in health, safety, the environment, security and social responsibility. IOGP supports the EU’s objective to reach climate neutrality by 2050. To help the EU reach climate neutrality by 2050, Europe’s Oil & Gas Industry has a clear way forward: reducing its own carbon footprint, supplying cleaner energy and developing long-term management solutions.

MARCOGAZ is the representative body of the European Natural Gas Industry on all technical issues. We aim to monitor and take influence when needed on European technical regulation, standardisation and certification with respect to integrity and safety of pipeline systems, equipment, and the rational use of energy.

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Nareg Terzian, Senior Manager, Strategic Communications & Media
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MARCOGAZ
MARCOGAZ Secretariat
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  20 April 2020

European Gas Storage Operators keep you going

Brussels, 20 April 2020

As the world grapples with immediate priorities, European Gas Storage Operators keep sight of next winter's security of supply.

Zsana gas storage facility, Hungary - MFGT

Zsana gas storage facility in Hungary (Hungarian Gas Storage)

Underground gas storages across Europe provide the largest component of energy storage and, in doing so, ensure the sustained security of energy supply for the continent. When filled to the brim, as it was the case at the end of last year, they cover around 60% of typical winter European gas consumption1. This, plus the uncertainties in gas demand caused by the current crisis, have shown how crucial gas storages are to Europe to maintain a balanced and resilient energy system.

László Fritsch, the newly elected President of Gas Storage Europe (GSE)2, CEO and Chairman of the Board of Hungarian Gas Storage, reflected on this, stating: ”As soon as the current crisis became apparent, gas storage operators adapted their operation and took the necessary steps to maintain normal business operation and prepare for next winter’s supply. Now, after a month, GSE members are confident that during this extraordinary crisis, the gas storage business continuity is ensured and the supply of natural gas has been, and will continue to be,  flawless. Our colleagues have been playing a key role in Europe’s energy supply for many years, which has always been an immense responsibility. The gas storage community is absolutely aware of the significance of this responsibility and are doing their job with commitment and dedication in this pandemic situation as well.”

Excellence in operations is especially important during the current period (March-April) as gas storage switches from withdrawal to injection mode. Operators need the knowledge and flexibility to meet a wide range of customer requests from intra-hourly up to seasonal needs and react promptly to guarantee energy supplies.

As Axel Wietfeld, Managing Director of Uniper Energy Storage and GSE Executive Committee member, commented: ”The European storage industry as part of the critical infrastructure has been able to maintain stable storage operations and guarantee a high level of security of supply amid the current pandemic crisis. Today, gas storages are well-filled3. Despite some maintenance activities being postponed, subject to a proper risk assessment, business operations will continue during the entire filling season. We are commited to managing our business-critical assets with high safety levels and to staying effective in empowering the energy transition in Europe.”

Gas storages also provide valuable support to the targets of the EU Green Deal. At a moment when the energy transition was speeding up and whilst the current crisis is disrupting some parts of the energy supply chain, underground gas storages are an immediate solution to contribute to the switch from more carbon-intensive energy carriers to low-carbon and renewable gases. From now on, they can accommodate biomethane and synthetic methane, as well as green hydrogen, without extensive network investment for the benefit of society.

1 European Commission (2020) Quarterly Report on European Gas Markets, Market Observatory for Energy, DG Energy, 12(4), 4th quarter of 2019. Available at:
https://ec.europa.eu/energy/sites/ener/files/
quarterly_report_on_european_gas_markets_q4_2019_final.pdf

2 GSE is a column under the umbrella organisation
Gas Infrastructure Europe (GIE).

3 European natural gas storage inventories as of 18 April 2020, were 58% full – the highest ever recorded level for mid-April, according to Gas Storage Europe’s Aggregated Gas Storage Inventory (AGSI+).

Zsana gas storage facility, Hungary - MFGT

GIE Storage Map 2018 –
Existing and Planned Infrastructure in Europe
Available for download here

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  6 April 2020

Gas pipeline operators across Europe work together to keep you safe

Brussels, 6 April 2020

Across the EU, gas transmission operators are adapting to the way they run their business during this unprecedented crisis to ensure their staff are safe, that essential supplies of gas are uninterrupted and to join the efforts to stop the spread of the virus.

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Harald Stindl, President of Gas Transmission Europe (GTE)1, said “All European TSOs must ensure security of gas supply across borders at all times and especially right now during the crisis. In addition, many European countries rely heavily on natural gas for power generation. Priority therefore lies in business continuity: comprehensive protection of employees including extreme examples of base camps for dispatchers and measures for the reliable continuity of pipeline and compressor station operations.”

This is evident in the way that GTE members have responded to the crisis, exemplified by Andreas Rau, CEO and Managing Director of NET4GAS, a GTE member, as he explained how his business has adapted. “As operator of critical infrastructure in the Czech Republic, we are fully aware of the severity of the situation and of the responsibility to ensure uninterrupted gas flows. Our business is rather resilient to the crisis so that we are still able to perform well. Our staff has fully supported changes to their work and the management reacted quickly, with the interests of the staff and customers in mind.“

He further explained what changes have meant for his company, “Most administrative functions are currently covered under a home office regime, while operational activities continue under strict hygiene rules (such as social distancing and face masks). One of the most important functions is our 24/7 dispatching for which we have introduced specific rules aimed at a physical and geographical separation of the dispatching teams in order to minimise the risk of infection. In this respect, we are glad that we have consistently invested into a very robust IT infrastructure including a fully functional back-up dispatching centre.“

As Harald Stindl stated, “The high degree of digitisation, professionalism and emergency training that are part of normal gas transmission operations, together with continuous challenging of quality by regulators, are advantages to us being able to continue to deliver essential energy, despite the crisis. Furthermore, European TSOs are used to working closely together and supporting each other in high-risk situations, providing an additional safety margin.”

This is supported by Stephan Kamphues, President of ENTSOG,2 who said “TSOs across Europe are united in their efforts to manage the extra demands of the current crisis. Regional cooperation and coordination between TSOs play important roles in ensuring continued security of gas supply and handling emergencies – such as during the current crisis. Since 2014, European TSOs under the umbrella of ENTSOG have established specific Regional Coordination System for Gas Teams that provide operational expertise on an ad-hoc basis to TSOs, including providing relevant information to other stakeholders such as the European Commission and Member States. This assists to ensure the continued flow of gas throughout Europe.”

1 A column within Gas Infrastructure Europe (GIE).

2 ENTSOG is the European Network of Transmission System Operators for Gas

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  15 April 2020

LNG terminals managing record operations during crisis

Brussels, 15 April 2020

Widespread crises, such as the current one we are experiencing, make us more aware of critical services and the systems that deliver them. The gas infrastructure is such critical infrastructure – delivering uninterrupted energy across Europe to continually produce electricity, fuel industry and transport, and provide affordable energy for cooking, heating and cooling.

Reganosa - LNG Terminal Mugardos, Spain

Energy security is a key enabler for economic activity and an essential element of the recovery from the current crisis. As included in the G20 Extraordinary Energy Ministers Meeting Statement, issued 14 April 2020, “ensuring affordable and secure energy are key in addressing the health, well-being and resilience of all countries throughout the crisis response and recovery phases”.1

Energy security is provided by natural gas, a growing amount of which comes by imports of LNG (Liquefied Natural Gas) at our European ports. Whilst some other markets are in decline during the crisis, LNG continues to be in high demand. According to the European Commission, in the fourth quarter of 2019, LNG became for the first time the second source of gas to the EU, covering 28% of the total imports and increasing by 42% year-on-year. This trend is expected to continue in 2020 as well2. This shows the important role that gas plays at any point in time in Europe, none less so than during the current challenging period, and demonstrates how LNG contributes to the pairing of economic recovery with Europe’s climate and energy objectives.3

In addition to ensuring business continuity, LNG operators, like other gas infrastructure operators, are united in taking the risks of the Corona virus seriously and are adapting their operations to safeguard employees. LNG terminals have an additional challenge to make sure that their operations do not spread the virus outside the borders of the workplace, as Arno Büx, President of Gas LNG Europe (GLE)4 and Chief Commercial Officer at Fluxys explained, “LNG terminals receive vessels from all over the world with internationally diverse crews. We cannot avoid contact between the crews and our shore teams completely as a certain amount of physical handling is required to administer and run our operations. For example, pilots are required to board the vessels to bring them into the jetties and our teams need to work in cooperation with the ships’ crews to handle the loading and unloading arms and mooring systems.”

Despite such additional challenges, GLE members are taking the necessary precautions to reduce the risk of spreading the virus through preventive measures, including separated shifts, working from home and minimising paper handling through maximising electronic communications.

1 https://g20.org/en/media/Documents/G20_Extraordinary%20
Energy%20Ministers%20Meeting_Statement_EN_v1.pdf

2 https://ec.europa.eu/info/news/market-reports-show-record-drop-co2-emissions-power-production-2019-and-record-lng-imports-2020-apr-07_en

3GIE Vision 2050 at https://www.gie.eu/index.php/gie-publications/position-papers

4GLE is a column under the umbrella organisation Gas Infrastructure Europe (GIE).

Fluxys - LNG Terminal Zeebrugge, Belgium

Fluxys - LNG Terminal Zeebrugge, Belgium

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  30 March 2020

Gas infrastructure keeps the gas flowing during unprecedented situation

Brussels, 30 March 2020

Gas Infrastructure Europe (GIE) and its members are responding to the issues posed by the COVID-19 pandemic to ensure that all personnel are looked after and that supplies of gas are uninterrupted.

“I want to express my full recognition and support to these more than fifty thousand of employees of the gas infrastructure industry that work every day to secure gas flows to customers throughout Europe, to meet fluctuating demand and balance the overall energy system”, said Jean-Marc Leroy, GIE President. Indeed, Europe’s gas infrastructure with its extensive transmission pipeline system connecting underground storages and LNG terminals are key elements that guarantee security of supply of energy for all EU citizens, and the continuity of this is of utmost priority.

“Our industry delivers energy to millions of European citizens”, Jean-Marc Leroy stated. “It is our job to respond to all challenges that may affect this, including in exceptional conditions as those that we are witnessing today. From the outset of the current pandemic all our members have established emergency response teams adapting their operations to safeguard their employees and keep the gas flowing. Close communications are being kept between members and authorities on developments and new measures that can be taken.”

Such measures differ between countries and companies but some examples include no physical meetings and home working. For essential staff in the office, physical separation, single work stations in separate rooms, strict hygiene precautions and daily workplace disinfection have been introduced. Essential crews in the dispatch centres and in the field are also following similar separation and hygiene measures and have been assigned rosters that minimise contact with others. All commuting and field trips have been minimised and single-car travel is used where possible. Back-up teams are on stand-by in case of emergency.

Jean-Marc Leroy stated, “In this unprecedented situation, we have adapted our ways of working to ensure business continuity whilst looking after our employees. In the same vein, we ensure a continuous dialogue with our stakeholders and the European Commission to help define a robust Green Deal that ensures achievement of climate goals, on the one hand, and economic resilience of Europe, on the other.”

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