The future of gas is not fossil but green

On 21 January, the ITRE Committee voted on a motion to oppose the EU’s Projects of Common Interest (PCI) list. The list was put forward by the European Commission in November last year, and it is meant to improve interconnections and facilitate energy supply in different Member States. However, the list includes over 100 new fossil gas pipelines that are not only useless but also environmentally harmful and in contradiction with the Paris Agreement. A cross-party coalition of MEPs decided to object it, but unfortunately there was no majority.

Gas is, contrary to common beliefs, not necessary in the transition from coal to renewables. Wind and solar are already the cheapest energy source and can be balanced with flexible gas turbines, demand-response and storage. Security of gas supply, with only some exceptions in South-Eastern Europe and the Baltic region, is no longer a concern in Europe. Furthermore, the selection process for the PCI list cannot be called objective, as the selective party ENTSO-G is inevitably also defending its gas TSO members’ interests.

Finally, fossil fuel gas is certainly not compatible with climate objectives. Europe has vast potential for green gas from biomass and organic waste, and these renewable resources can be used to not only to combat climate change but also to create income especially in rural areas.

Read more in my article on Euractiv.

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