Natural gas: friend or foe in Europe’s 2030 emissions target?
Mention of natural gas as a 'bridging fuel' in the energy transition seems to have gone quiet over the last year or so, as net zero has become the mantra. Hydrogen appears to be the holy grail but will take time to mature. However, Frans Timmermans – the EC’s Executive Vice-President for the European Green Deal – has recently outlined the need for natural gas in the “shift away from coal to sustainable energy”. So, is the bridging role for natural gas back on in post-coronavirus Europe? We consider a number of key questions around gas demand and supply that will have a significant bearing on Europe’s emissions performance out to 2030.