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GIE supports the European Commission’s strategy on methane emissions reductions

Brussels, 14th October 2020

Methane emissions management and reduction is among the European gas industry top priorities and operators remain more than ever committed to deliver EU Green Deals’ objective. Today Gas Infrastructure Europe (GIE), together with 12 other associations collectively expressed their support to the European Commission’s Strategy on methane emissions via a joint declaration.

Gas industry Declaration

For many years, gas operators have successfully been working to reduce methane emissions through mandatory and voluntary programmes. They stand ready to offer their expertise and remains determined to drastically minimise emissions along the entire gas value chain via stronger steps.

We welcome the Methane Strategy’s holistic approach to better exploit the synergies between sectors thereby helping to avoid emissions (e.g. injection of biomethane – produced from manure and waste - into the European gas grids).

To achieve a sustainable and cost-effective reduction of methane emissions, here are 10 principles and elements that should be taken in consideration while designing and deploying methane mitigation tools:

  1. Flexibility is key for industry to implement the tools and available technologies enabling the highest emissions reduction at the lowest cost and in the shortest time.
  2. A well-structured, fit for purpose MRV system is crucial for a better evaluation of the data and the results of mitigation measures in place.
  3. The establishment of a methane emissions reporting framework for the full gas chain will contribute to improve the transparency of the data as well as the National Inventory Reports (NIR).
  4. Investments on MRV, LDAR and mitigation measures undertaken by infrastructure operators should be allowed and accordingly incentivised by the Regulatory Authorities.
  5. We are ready to support the European Commission in exploring the feasibility and added value of other incentivises and tools for methane emission reduction in the EU.
  6. Companies along the gas value chain should account for the methane emissions from the assets under their control.
  7. The previous long-term efforts of the gas companies who took early action in measurement and mitigation should be recognised.
  8. The innovation, development and implementation of fit-for-purpose technologies and practices are at the backbone of effective reductions. They should be further supported.
  9. The global dimension should be taken into account by establishing an international methane emissions observatory aimed at improving credibility and transparency.
  10. Cooperation with non-EU countries should be fostered as it is key to address methane emission reductions along the chain of gas imported into the EU.

Francisco de la Flor, GIE board member, stated: “This communication represents a quite relevant milestone to address the methane emissions issue in the European Union. GIE and MARCOGAZ have been intensively and closely working with the Authorities and other stakeholders to contribute to the raise of the awareness among the industry players, sharing the expertise and experiences of the members and participating in the open initiatives and consultation processes to allow this expertise to be taken into account to properly achieve the emissions reductions.”

Discover the full gas industry declaration here.

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Uniper Energy Storage's Managing Director,
Dr Axel Wietfeld, appointed as new president for European gas storages

Brussels, 24th August 2020

Dr Axel Wietfeld was appointed as the new President for gas storages at Gas Infrastructure Europe (GIE) on 21st August 2020.

Axel Wietfeld

Since 2016, Dr Axel Wietfeld has been Managing Director of Uniper Energy Storage, one of Europe’s major storage system operators. Prior to that, he held a number of executive positions in the gas supply and renewables businesses of E.ON/Uniper in Germany, the United Arab Emirates, Hungary and South Africa. At the beginning of his professional career, Dr Axel Wietfeld served as manager with two leading strategy consulting companies.

Commenting on his new responsibilities, Dr Axel Wietfeld said:
I am honoured to have been elected as the President of Gas Storage Europe (GSE) and would like to thank the members for their trust. At this time of rapid policy changes, we will continue to engage with various stakeholders on the value of underground gas storages as essential pillars of a flexible and integrated energy system. In light of my future position as Managing Director of Uniper’s new Hydrogen business line, I am excited to expand on the hydrogen readiness of storage assets together with GIE members operating gas storages”.

The importance of storage in the context of the increasing need for flexibility has been positively recognised in the European Commission’s latest strategies on Hydrogen and Energy System Integration – and Dr Wietfeld is committed for the European gas storages to deliver on that. The existing and future highly efficient underground gas storages, coupled with innovative Power-to-Gas technologies, will guarantee a cross-sectoral security of energy supply in Europe. Concrete measures such as the adjustment of network charges, taxes and levies will need to be further developed to enhance the deployment of the hydrogen market.

Jean-Marc Leroy, Gas Infrastructure Europe President, stated:
I would like to thank László Fritsch for his excellent contribution to Gas Infrastructure Europe in recent years and extend my congratulations to Ákos Kriston as new GIE Board Member. With the appointment of Dr Axel Wietfeld, GSE adapts its Executive Committee and continues its transformation towards a decarbonised energy system”.

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The European gas infrastructure can help deliver the EU Hydrogen and Energy System Integration Strategies  

8 July 2020

Today, the European Commission has released its two eagerly awaited strategies on Hydrogen and Energy System Integration. GIE applauds and supports these efforts which, combined with the assets of the existing European gas infrastructure, set the European Union on track in strengthening its industrial leadership whilst reaching its 2050 climate neutrality target.

“Using the existing European gas infrastructure to transport hydrogen will enhance the decarbonisation of the so-called “hard-to-abate” sectors (buildings, heavy-duty transport, aviation, shipping, or industrial processes). It will additionally allow the establishment of a more integrated energy system that will welcome an increasing share of renewables and will offer the most cost-effective and sustainable solution to EU citizens, contributing to economic and social recovery.” said Boyana Achovski, Secretary General of Gas Infrastructure Europe (GIE).

As highlighted by Kadri Simson, EU Commissioner for EnergyEurope’s extensive gas infrastructure can be retrofitted and future-proofed to one-day transport hydrogen across the EU” (Financial Times). It also offers a unique opportunity to maintain and expend Europe’s technological leadership while generating employment.

As a result of its ability to integrate varying geographies and scales across the EU, gas transmission network can be fit for transporting large volumes of hydrogen with relatively minor investments. Gas storages can provide large seasonal storage for hydrogen. Some retrofitting will allow salt caverns to welcome pure hydrogen whereas current assessments on depleted gas fields also show great potential. Providing flexibility tools, they can store sustainable and fluctuating energy on a large scale and at low cost, thereby ensuring the security of supply and securing a cost-efficient integration of renewable energy sources. LNG terminals are well-positioned to develop new services contributing to energy transition. EU’s Ports could be transformed into centers for offshore electricity, enabling the global trade of renewable hydrogen or synthetic fuels and LNG terminals could become the entry door for liquid hydrogen.

To accomplish the ambitions of the EU Green Deal, the Hydrogen Strategy will define an investments agenda for the EU while boosting the demand for scaling up production of renewable and low-carbon hydrogen. This will be achieved by removing potential regulatory obstacles to innovative technologies and by establishing a supportive framework, designed to enable market rules enhancing the deployment of the hydrogen market. To stimulate an efficient hydrogen infrastructure development (ex via repurposing), ensuring the integrity of the internal market through the upcoming legislative reviews will be essential, as well as, securing the full integration and interoperability of hydrogen infrastructure, including the trans-European Networks for Energy and the Ten-Year Network Development Plan (TYNDPs).

Another pivotal requirement is the necessity of promoting research and innovation in renewable and low-carbon hydrogen technologies and accelerating investment. In this regard, GIE is proud to present you today how the European gas infrastructure can help deliver the EU Hydrogen Strategy via a leaflet gathering some of the innovative hydrogen-related projects that would greatly benefit from appropriate regulatory measures to ensure the creation of a competitive market. You will learn how GIE members are currently steering the expansion of renewable and low-carbon hydrogen value chains across the EU.

To properly harness the opportunities associated with hydrogen economy while paving the way towards carbon neutrality, GIE calls for a comprehensive and open-minded approach:

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A common terminology via clear, accurate and science-based definition of renewable and low-carbon gases, including clean hydrogen.

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A set of national binding consumption targets for renewable and low-carbon gases, including hydrogen, by considering technological developments and decarbonization pathways of individual Member States.

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An EU-wide credible documentation of the green value of renewable and low-carbon gases, including hydrogen, such as Guarantees of origin (GOs), with a technology-neutral approach and compatible with the EU ETS.

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The adjustment of levies, grid charges and taxes to reflect societal benefits provided by the gas infrastructure and the avoidance of double charging.

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The amendments of relevant EU legislation (e.g. TEN-E regulation) to enable network owners to operate several categories of gases (including hydrogen) and providing them with incentives to adapt their infrastructures to cope with the coexistence of different gases.

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The alignment of the EU Hydrogen Strategy with upcoming policy measures, particularly the Strategy for Energy System Integration and the Sustainable Finance and Taxonomy, to ensure a fully integrated market in view of the development of renewable and low-carbon gases, including hydrogen.

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The upcoming Offshore Wind Strategy as an opportunity to rework how overall system efficiency gains can be achieved by looking at the optimal way to bring hydrogen from supply source to demand area (i.e. offshore conversion). Those are issues we need to address to allow the whole infrastructure to play its role.

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A Roadmap for hydrogen gas assets readiness developed by/in close cooperation with the gas infrastructure and electricity sector.

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A robust regulatory framework that will allow research, development and pilot projects by infrastructure operators on renewable and low-carbon gases, including the injection of pure, blended H2, synthetic methane and other renewable and low-carbon gases into gas infrastructures and end-use applications.

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Transparent and uniform criteria for better comparability of objective life cycle assessments (GHG total carbon footprint) to assess policy measure and technologies.

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  14 July 2020

Data confirms that LNG services continue to develop rapidly in Europe

Brussels, 14 July 2020

GIE publishes the annual updates of the GLE New LNG Services Inventory and the GLE List of Services, part of its market transparency commitments along with ALSI Transparency Platform, Transparency template, LNG Maps and associated databases.

LNG New Services

  • The GLE List of services gives an overview, terminal per terminal, of all the offered services, from the standard services to the most recent ones developed in response to the market dynamic.
  • The GLE New LNG Services Inventory provides, terminal per terminal, quantitative actual and historical data as well as technical characteristics on large scale services (Reloading, Transshipment) and small scale services (Small-scale ship loading, Truck loading, Rail loading).

The data are particularly useful in analysing:

  1. the evolution of the market demands,
  2. the diversity and technological options of the LNG usage
  3. and the continuously enlarging spectrum of LNG utilization.

Overall, they confirm that the LNG large scale terminals in Europe offer a large panel of services covering both large scale and as small scale. They also show that the use of these services continues to grow, in particular with respect to small scale.

  • LNG Truck loadings have increased on average by about 12% per year over the last 3 years, to reach almost 70 000 operations in 2019
  • LNG small-scale ship loadings are picking up speed with more about 100 operations in 2019, which is almost the double than the year before

This confirms that LNG is a reliable alternative in replacing fuel oil and diesel in freight transport and shipping, as well as in supplying off-grid industrial sites and communities. LNG has a much smaller carbon footprint and switching to LNG brings an immediate benefit on air quality and therefore health:

  • up to 25% less CO2;
  • up to 90% less nitrogen oxide (NOx);
  • negligible quantity of sulphur and fine particulates.

Moreover, all these services are “carbon neutral ready” : they are fully compatible with liquid biomethane or liquid synthetic methane. Therefore, these investments represent the first step towards a deep decarbonation of hard to abate sectors such as heavy mobility.

The GLE LNG Services Inventory and the GLE List of Services are available at:

http://www.gie.eu/index.php/maps-data/gle-lng-services-inventory

https://www.gie.eu/index.php/gie-publications/databases/lng-services-inventory

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The 'European Biomethane Map 2020' shows a 51% increase of biomethane plants in Europe in two years

  • The analysis of the data collected shows that the number of biomethane plants in Europe has increased from the 483 plants (2018) to 729 units (2020).
  • The information gathered in the document comes from national biogas associations, energy agencies and companies.
  • The European Biomethane Map locates and lists all known biomethane installations in operation in Europe.
  • 18 countries are currently producing biomethane in Europe. Germany has the highest share of biomethane plants (232), followed by France (131) and the UK (80).

Brussels, 18 June 2020

The European Biogas Association (EBA) and Gas Infrastructure Europe (GIE) have just released the second edition of the ‘European Biomethane Map’. The analysis of the data collected shows that the number of biomethane plants in Europe has increased by 51% in 2 years, from 483 in 2018 to 729 in 2020. There are currently 18 countries producing biomethane in Europe. Germany has the highest share of biomethane plants (232), followed by France (131) and the UK (80).

GIE - EBA Biomethane Map 2020

This is the second edition of the map. It has been made in cooperation between two organisations promoting the development of renewable gases: the European Biogas Association (EBA) and Gas Infrastructure Europe (GIE). The first edition of the map was launched in spring 2018. This comprehensive map locates and lists all known biomethane installations running in Europe. It has been produced with the information gathered from national biogas associations, energy agencies and companies.

The map provides specific details about each biomethane plant, including their connection to the gas grid, feed-in capacity, main substrate used, upgrading process and date of start of operation. Cross-border interconnection points and pipelines are also indicated.

The map brings additional data about the European biomethane market evolution, distribution of plants in European countries, and forecasts of natural gas and biomethane indigenous production in Europe until 2037.

The 2020 edition of the map has been updated with new features such as:

  • The type of connection to the grid: some plants are connected to the transport grid, others to the distribution grid and a few are not connected as they use it for their own consumption.
  • The type of gas transported in a specific grid. It depends on national specifications and can be low caloric or high caloric.
  • The map also shows whether there is on site production of Bio-CNG or Bio-LNG, which can be used as a green fuel in the transport sector.

"In recent years, the development of biomethane has experienced a dynamic ascent and this 51% increase in the number of biomethane plants over the past two years confirms this positive trend. Our industry is already producing 23 TWh of this green gas. By 2030, the sector could substantially enlarge the production to 370 TWh and reach 1,170 TWh by 2050. The EU is in need for green gas solutions such as biomethane. Political support is essential to maximise the needed deployment of biomethane and ensure smart sector integration.’’
Susanna Pflüger, EBA Secretary General

“Biomethane has many positive externalities nowadays and we were looking forward to present the recent development of this technology in Europe. It is already showcased by several studies that a fully renewable energy system in which biomethane play a major role in a smart combination with renewable electricity and Europe’s well-developed existing infrastructure offers the best solution to cost-effective and resilient energy system integration. Developing waste to solutions in energy, of which biomethane for example, will provide the flexible energy we look for. It will also create circular and decarbonized local economies and in Europe we already have all the ingredients to make this happen.”
Boyana Achovski, GIE Secretary General

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EBA statistical report 2019 includes updated data and statistics on the biogas and biomethane industries.

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The European Biogas Association (EBA) is the voice of renewable gas in Europe since 2009. EBA advocates the recognition of biomethane and other renewable gases as sustainable, on demand and flexible energy sources that provide multiple knock-on socio-economic and environmental benefits. Supported by its members, EBA is committed to work with European institutions, industry, agricultural partners, NGOs and academia to develop policies which can enable the large-scale deployment of renewable gases and organic fertilisers throughout Europe, supported by transparent, well-established sustainability certification bodies to ensure that sustainability remains at the core of the industry. The association counts today on a well-established network of over 100 national organisations, scientific institutes and companies from Europe and beyond.

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 69 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.

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