MARCOGAZ Annual Report 2012-2013

31 December 2013 | Annual Reports

In the last two years, energy issues were extensively discussed at European level. The preparation of the Energy Roadmap 2050 and more recently the Green Paper “A 2030 Framework for Climate and Energy Policies” gave MARCOGAZ the opportunity to demonstrate that developing the use of natural gas (and biomethane) is essential to reach the EU goals of economic competitiveness, low carbon economy and security of supply.

MARCOGAZ with other Gas Associations involved in the GasNaturally Initiative has greatly contributed to the debate and promoted natural gas especially as an ideal partner for supporting intermittent renewable energies and a key driving force for achieving the EU CO2 emissions targets.

Today the role of gas in the future is recognised but sometimes only as a transition fuel to a decarbonised economy. In addition, the potential of biogas or biomethane is too often not taken into account such as in the Renewable Energy Communication by the European Commission in June 2012. This demonstrates the challenges which we in the Gas Industry have yet to meet.

In this framework, keeping gas transmission, distribution and installations to the excellent current safety level is fundamental, developing end use efficient technologies for end users and demonstating the very low CO2 footprint of gas activities through adapted technical regulations and common high level standards is a necessity.

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