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Press Release
  23 January 2019

Gas industry makes deeper commitments to reduce methane emissions

At a meeting in London on 16 January, signatory companies to the Methane Guiding Principles committed to undertake a broad range of actions to strengthen the management of methane emissions along the gas value chain. GIE and MARCOGAZ, as Supporting Organisations to the Methane Guiding Principles, had an active participation in this meeting.

The companies agreed to host and fund training courses targeted at the executive level as well as staff directly responsible for quantifying, reporting and/or mitigating methane emissions. This training addresses knowledge gaps through educational material which covers methane science, methane reduction strategies and planning and measurement techniques, among other topics.

GIE and MARCOGAZ, together with the Energy Community Secretariat and the Methane Guiding Principles, have already organised one of these training sessions, delivered on the 26th and 27th of November in Vienna with a special focus on Central and South-Eastern Europe.

Other priority actions agreed in London include:

  • Supporting timely European Union (EU) legislation that achieves ambitious methane emissions reduction outcomes across the supply chain of natural gas sold and used in the EU. A representative of DG ENER participated in the session to provide an overview on the potential contents of the future EU methane regulations;
  • Developing additional material to complement the Best Practice Guides, Synopses and Tools, developed in 2019 to offer practical solutions for companies looking to mitigate their methane emissions. GIE and MARCOGAZ have committed to develop further the content on the transmission and distribution segments of the gas supply chain;
  • Supporting the expansion of the International Energy Agency’s Methane Tracker and a database and roadmap to support regulators to establish methane regulation; and
  • GIE and MARCOGAZ will deal specifically in the following actions: standard on methane emissions quantification; guidelines for setting methane emissions reduction targets; and harmonised definitions along the complete gas value chain.

“It was a very fruitful meeting where participants openly debated the activities they are all carrying out to follow the 5 principles – it was an excellent combination of views and works expressed by the industry, NGOs and international organisations” said Francisco de la Flor, GIE and MARCOGAZ Board member.

Twenty-one companies are now signatories to the Methane Guiding Principles, up from eight companies two years ago. There are also fourteen supporting organisations. GIE and MARCOGAZ became supporting organisations in July 2019 and are represented by Francisco de la Flor.

This voluntary, international, multi-stakeholder initiative between industry and non-industry organisations focuses on priority areas for action to continually reduce emissions of methane – a potent greenhouse gas – along the natural gas supply chain, from production to the final consumer.

More information about the activities of the Methane Guiding Principles partnership can be found on its website: www.methaneguidingprinciples.org.


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Gas Infrastructure Europe (GIE) is an association representing the interests of gas infrastructure operators active in gas transmission, storage and 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. Its internal structure has three columns corresponding to the three types of infrastructure activities represented: GTE (Gas Transmission Europe), GSE (Gas Storage Europe) and GLE (Gas LNG Europe), all of which fall under the umbrella of GIE. This structure allows member companies to speak with one voice on infrastructure topics as well as to build positions on column-specific issues. To find out more about GIE’s structure and activities, please visit the website at www.gie.eu.

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Press Release
  30 December 2019

ENTSOG and Gas Infrastructure Europe (GIE) publish the System Development Map 2018/2019.

(Brussels, 30 December 2019, PR0198-19) The European Network of Transmission System Operators for Gas (ENTSOG), in cooperation with Gas Infrastructure Europe (GIE), have published the eight edition of the System Development map, which illustrates existing and planned gas infrastructure and gas capacities.

This map is updated on a yearly basis and is a widely used reference for European and non-European stakeholders alike. It provides useful, accurate and up-to-date information about the recent gas demand in European countries and the capacities in the European gas infrastructure. Historical demand and supply data are also presented.

Jan Ingwersen, ENTSOG General Director, said, “The System Development Map, published together with GIE, provides a convenient visualisation of supply and demand trends together with cross border capacities. This allows for efficient analysis by market stakeholders and it is a useful supplement to the ENTSOG Seasonal Supply Reports.”

Boyana Achovski, GIE Secretary General, said: “The System Development Map, as a powerful transparency tool, offers useful information on European Gas Market to all interested parties, and we believe that this Map will continue to be a reference and an important tool for the industry and the stakeholders to properly assess the current and future European Energy challenges.”

ENTSOG and GIE are committed to further enhancing the information provided on the map for future editions and welcome feedback from stakeholders.

The map is available for download at the ENTSOG website, here and GIE website, here.

All maps published by ENTSOG can be ordered at http://maps.entsog.eu. The map can also be ordered through GIE here.

Should you require any further information, please contact Carmel Carey (+32 2 8945136, carmel.carey@entsog.eu) or Jamila Saoudi (+32 2 2090504, Jamila.Saoudi@gie.eu).

 

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  • European Network of Transmission System Operators for Gas (ENTSOG) was founded on 1 December 2009 in line with Regulation (EC) 715/2009. The current number of Members, Associated Partners and Observers can be found at this link.
  • Gas Infrastructure Europe (GIE) currently represents 70 member companies from 25 countries. Its internal structure has three columns corresponding to the three types of infrastructure activities represented: GTE (Gas Transmission Europe), GSE (Gas Storage Europe) and GLE (Gas LNG Europe), all of which fall under the umbrella of GIE. This structure allows member companies to speak with one voice on infrastructure topics as well as to build positions on column-specific issues. To find out more about GIE’s structure and activities, please visit the website at www.gie.eu.

 

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GIE Press Release
 

  13 December 2019

Gas Infrastructure Europe - ready for the Green Deal

The members of the Gas Infrastructure Europe (GIE) fully support the European Green Deal in reducing emissions and pollution in the European Union and reaching carbon neutrality by 20501. Recognising the opportunities as well as the challenges, we are ready to innovate our business to contribute the EU climate and energy targets.

GIE members – operators of Europe’s gas transmission, storage and LNG facilities – will contribute to the short-, mid- and long-term climate ambitions for reduced emissions through our supply of cleaner energy and renewable and net-zero gases. Europe can transition to an affordable, secure, fully integrated, carbon-neutral energy market only through the continued use of gases. This is particularly relevant in the difficult-to-electrify sectors of industry, heating, transport and power.

There is still untapped potential to achieve fast and significant emission reductions and immediate health benefits with the switch from carbon-intensive fuels (such as coal, lignite and heavy fuel oil) to lower-emission natural gas; air pollution resulting from such burning high-emission fuels still constitutes a serious health problem in many communities.

The gas infrastructure is the backbone of energy throughout Europe: our LNG import terminals receive large quantities of energy that secure and diversify energy supply, our transmission pipelines deliver gases throughout the EU28 and our underground storage facilities store the gas needed to balance both the gas and electric grids and to provide seasonal back up. In line with the Green Deal ambitions, GIE members are already underway with preparations to facilitate the increased delivery and storage of sustainable gases, including biomethane, synthetic methane and hydrogen – be these in liquid or gaseous form. All our facilities can be used for renewable and decarbonised gases.

GIE is deeply involved with the European Commission and other stakeholders to assist them develop the necessary legislative changes to achieve the Green deal. We welcome the opportunity to continue our engagement to develop dynamic and future-proof policies that will enable the EU to succeed in its ambitions.

As proposed by the Commission, GIE supports a Green Deal that will sustain high ambitions towards carbon neutrality by 2050. Nonetheless, we also urge the Commission to be pragmatic in its support of gas infrastructure investment for the development of low-emission power generation in areas of energy poverty or extreme air pollution in regions with coal-dependency or hard-to-decarbonise economies.

1 Refer to GIE Vision 2050 at gie.eu :
https://www.gie.eu/index.php/gie-publications/position-papers/27537-gie-vision-2050/file

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Gas Infrastructure Europe (GIE) is an association representing the interests of gas infrastructure operators active in gas transmission, storage and 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. Its internal structure has three columns corresponding to the three types of infrastructure activities represented: GTE (Gas Transmission Europe), GSE (Gas Storage Europe) and GLE (Gas LNG Europe), all of which fall under the umbrella of GIE. This structure allows member companies to speak with one voice on infrastructure topics as well as to build positions on column-specific issues. To find out more about GIE’s structure and activities, please visit the website at www.gie.eu.

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A Taxonomy Delivering Sustainable Growth in Europe
 
JOINT STATEMENT
 
Brussels, 13 December 2019
 
We, the signatories, represent sectors of major importance for European economic development and wealth. We provide highly skilled jobs to Europeans and invest in innovative solutions, renewable and efficient technologies that make the transition to a competitive, low carbon and circular economy in Europe possible. Doing so, we help fight climate change and lead the way towards a more sustainable world.
 
We welcome efforts to mobilise the financial sector in accelerating the move towards a prosperous and sustainable Europe in 2050. To achieve this, a stable, fair and favourable investment framework in Europe will be key. In that regard, the European Commission’s Sustainable Investment Regulation proposal (so-called ‘Taxonomy Regulation’) is an important and necessary step and the draft report recently tabled by the Technical Expert Group (TEG) (mandated by the Commission) sets out a first basis to define what sustainable investments are. Yet the TEG report is insufficient and needs serious improvements to provide the clarity, objectivity and predictability needed in order to accelerate investments in sustainable solutions, guarantee affordable financing, safeguard energy supply security at acceptable cost, but also boost innovation and competitiveness in Europe. To this end, the Sustainable Investment Regulation and derived Taxonomy should apply the following key principles:
 
  • The future Taxonomy should help implement the adopted EU legislation, including the EU energy, climate and circular economy legislation as well as other sectoral legislations. Given that the Taxonomy will likely start applying as of 2023, businesses, governments and financial market participants should not be faced with different targets, standards or thresholds that could disrupt markets, distort competition and result in excessive costs linked to burdensome implementation. Coherence should also be ensured with the existing investment classifications, for example the Principles for Responsible Investment Reporting Framework and/or the European Investment Bank’s Energy Lending Policy. Flexibility should however be left to investors and businesses that wish to go beyond the Taxonomy as part of their investment strategies.
  • The future Taxonomy’s criteria and thresholds should be impact assessed prior to their application, to avoid unintended consequences for the sectors in which they will apply. The draft TEG report presents important inconsistencies as well as technical and methodological flaws that could prevent investors from making fully informed decisions on their investments. Therefore, the future Taxonomy should be above all internally consistent and conducive to a level playing field that allow businesses and investors to invest in sustainable solutions that meet their varying needs. Metrics and thresholds are essential elements in EU legislation and should thus not be defined in delegated acts that do not allow their proper prior impact assessment and scrutiny by EU Member States and stakeholders.
  • The future Taxonomy’s criteria and thresholds should also be developed and assessed by EU Member States and stakeholders. This should be done before they start applying, in line with the Commission’s Better Regulation agenda. In this regard, we have noted the lack of industrial representation in the TEG, the short consultation time on the TEG report as well as the lack of communication and coordination between the various working groups dealing with different aspects of the TEG report. The Sustainable Finance Platform will be instrumental to involve all relevant parties, beyond financial market participants, and develop a Taxonomy that delivers for investors, the economy and the environment.
  • The future Taxonomy should be technology neutral and lead to investment in innovation, infrastructure and solutions that help achieve the EU goals cost-effectively. The TEG report privileges some technologies and solutions over others. For example, not all activities are subject to a Life Cycle Emissions analysis. Some sectors face stricter requirements than the 2030 EU energy and climate goals despite their sustainability benefits (e.g. cogeneration or bioenergy), when other activities need to apply today’s EU legislation (e.g. space heating and domestic hot water systems). Some solutions are also not properly considered (e.g. the value of heat and gas networks, including for storing renewable energy). A holistic approach looking at all solutions that contribute to meeting the EU energy, environmental, climate and circular economy goals is required to ensure a neutral approach and a level-playing field.
  • The future Taxonomy should adopt a transitional, evidence-based and pragmatic approach, which reflects today’s technological development, available renewable and highly efficient low-carbon solutions significantly contributing to the transition, as well as current energy mixes and existing infrastructure. EU countries will have different starting points entailing varying investment needs. Europe’s transition to a cleaner society will not take one single form nor will it happen all in one day. Above all, no one should be left behind. Investments considered ‘sustainable’ today should also not become ‘unsustainable’ overnight because they are not listed or do not fit the Taxonomy definition. This is key to ensure regulatory certainty and economic stability.
  • The future Taxonomy should better tackle environmental sustainability but also the social and economic pillars of sustainability. Focusing mainly on carbon emissions reduction, the TEG report needs to tackle better concepts such as circular economy, resource efficiency and  energy efficiency for their significant environmental and health benefits (e.g. lower ecological and resource depletion, better air quality) as well as economic benefits (e.g. independent, secure and reliable supply of raw materials and energy, reduced dependence on imports, improved competitiveness). Not doing so risks compromising the very notion of (all-around) sustainability, which is essential to make fully informed and successful investment decisions for the future. On the contrary, integrating those dimensions into the Taxonomy would render it more comprehensive and better aligned with other major EU policy priorities, including fostering reindustrialisation and employment in Europe, and help make the move to a sustainable society an economic success for Europe.
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PRESS RELEASE
  27 November 2019

Training session : Methane Emissions in the Gas Sector

Following the excellent reception of the Methane Emissions Report by the gas industry as well as  the Madrid Forum participants and the consequent recommendations of the EC to disseminate the content and the conclusions of the report, GIE, MARCOGAZ and the Energy Community Secretariat, with the support of the Methane Guiding Principles, organised the training session “Methane Emissions in the Gas Sector” on the 26th and 27th of November in Vienna. The aim of the session was to raise awareness and share the knowledge on the matter with a special focus on Central and South-Eastern Europe.

Training session : Methane Emissions in the Gas Sector

The training benefited of the support of trainers from the European Commission, the Florence School of Regulation, the Sustainable Gas Institute of Imperial College London and GIE and MARCOGAZ. 

Attended by more than 80 participants representing 48 companies and associations from 20 countries in CEE and SEE, including the Contracting Parties of Energy Community, the training provided high quality educational material on methane policies, methane science, methane reduction strategies and planning, measurement techniques, implementation of BAT as well as targeting the reduction of methane emission.

Energy Community, GIE and MARCOGAZ invited the participants to join the action and the gas industry meetings.

Information on the session and the programme of the training can be downloaded here.

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Gas Infrastructure Europe (GIE) is an association representing the interests of gas infrastructure operators active in gas transmission, storage and 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. Its internal structure has three columns corresponding to the three types of infrastructure activities represented: GTE (Gas Transmission Europe), GSE (Gas Storage Europe) and GLE (Gas LNG Europe), all of which fall under the umbrella of GIE. This structure allows member companies to speak with one voice on infrastructure topics as well as to build positions on column-specific issues. To find out more about GIE’s structure and activities, please visit the website at www.gie.eu.

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