MARCOGAZ Annual Report 2020-2021

30 January 2022 | Annual Reports

MARCOGAZ is committed to facilitating the decarbonisation of the gas industry by contributing to the 2050 net-zero goals enshrined in the 2015 Paris Agreement and the European Union’s climate pledges, widely referred to as the European Green Deal. Our Association is also committed to deliver on the targets set in the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, namely on goal n° 7, which has pledged to achieve affordable and clean energy for everyone.

With a view to facilitating the European gas industry’s transition to carbon neutral gas systems and the successful implementation of the necessary legislation geared towards ensuring 55% emission reduction by 2030 and the net-zero goal by 2050, it is rewarding to see how MARCOGAZ has been contributing  based on our technical and scientific advice, strengthening relations with members and partners from the European gas industry, participating in the preparation of gas industry standards and their revision in line with a changing gas sector landscape that increasingly accommodates renewable and low-carbon gases.

Responding to the growing need for affordable and clean energy, in 2020 and 2021, MARCOGAZ established one new Standing Committee dedicated to new gases, including hydrogen, biomethane, synthetic gas and other low-carbon gases. Two new Working Groups that carry out technical studies on sector integration and the generation and upgrading of new gases were established as well. The creation of these crucial working elements represents a strong and voluntary commitment to be part of the solution and to put members’ knowledge at the service of the industry.

As the technical reference association of the European gas sector, MARCOGAZ actively participates in different high-level discussions, including the European Gas Regulatory Forum (Madrid Forum), European Energy Infrastructure Forum (Copenhagen Forum), different Task Forces of the European Commission and the European Commission Clean Hydrogen Alliance, along with the revision of standards related to the gas sector and the technical research on standards to accommodate higher levels of new gases in the gas infrastructure.

We are equally proud to be expanding our cooperation with the organisations within the United Nations (UN), providing technical expertise and know-how on the mitigation and reduction of methane emissions and on the take-up of hydrogen. We are envisaging a more comprehensive dialogue with the relevant organisations of the UN to facilitate the achievement of Sustainable Development Goal 7, reaching climate goals by 2030 and achieving net-zero by 2050.

MARCOGAZ cherishes the unique work that has been performed over the course of 2020 and 2021 with the invaluable contribution of members and partners, particularly in terms of their major efforts to reduce methane emissions and to develop new gases technologies. By continuously sharing technical knowledge and expertise with all partners, we are looking forward to successfully implementing the adopted strategy, with our eyes set on the decarbonisation of the gas system.

The President, the Vice-President, the Secretary-Genaral and the Team and the Chairs of the Standing Committees and Working Groups thank all the members for the great support provided to successfully achieve the objectives defined for 2020 and 2021.

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