Climate Policy

Climate neutrality will require policy to shift the focus from electrification to overall decarbonisation: Europe’s future economy will need to build on carbon-neutral energy carried via electrons, gas, liquid fuels and heat/cold into all sectors.

Gas engines are capable to adapt and operate with different types and qualities of gases, including renewable hydrogen produced from electricity through Power-to-Gas technologies and bio-based gases, such as biogas and biomethane.

Already today, almost all biogas plants operate with gas engines and there are several examples of gas engines running with more than 50% hydrogen. The technology’s capability to use different amounts of hydrogen will continue to increase, as higher amounts become available.

Legislation and market mechanisms such as the EU emissions trading system (ETS) will need to incentivise the provision and take-up of decarbonized and renewable gases. They do not only help decrease emissions but also contribute to system integration, flexibility and the green economy.


16.07.2021

Draft CEEAG Must Recognise Fuel Flexibility of Gas-Fired Technology

At the beginning of June, the European Commission published a first version of its Draft Climate, Energy and Environmental Aid Guidelines (CEEAG).

In our feedback, sent to the Commission, we underline that gas-fired power generation is not bound...more >

01.07.2021

EUGINE Develops Hydrogen-Readiness Concept for Gas Power Plants

With the publication of the EU’s “hydrogen strategy for a climate-neutral Europe” in July 2020, hydrogen was recognised as key priority in Europe’s ambitions to become climate neutral by 2050.

As from 2025, hydrogen should become an intrinsic part of...more >

16.06.2021

Consultation on Hydrogen and Decarbonising the EU Gas Market - EUGINE Contribution

In the context of the European Green Deal ambition to decarbonise the EU gas sector, the European Commission launched a consultation to seek stakeholders’ views on revising the EU gas market rules. The questions raised in the consultation relate...more >

27.05.2021

EUGINE Joins Call for Renewable and Decarbonised Gas Targets

Renewable and decarbonised gases will play a decisive role in helping the EU economy reach net-zero. To deliver on the potential of gas to contribute to lowering emissions, the signatories of this joint letter call for an EU policy framework...more >

30.04.2021

EUGINE Contribution to the Consultation on Methane Emissions in the Energy Sector

In February the European Commission launched a public consultation on aspects of methane emissions in the energy sector. The replies to this consultation will feed into the legislative proposals for new EU legislation to reduce methane emissions in the...more >

15.02.2021

EUGINE comments on the review of the Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Directives

With the aim of helping the European Union reduce its greenhouse gas emissions by at least 55% by 2030, the European Commission is currently preparing its “Fit for 55 package”, which should include amendments to the Energy Efficiency Directive (EED)...more >

09.07.2020

EU Hydrogen Strategy: A colour-blind approach is needed

In a letter sent to the European Commission, the Council and the Parliament, EUGINE, together with a wide industry alliance, calls for a Hydrogen Strategy that is inclusive of all clean hydrogen pathways. The letter states that a technology-neutral approach...more >

08.07.2020

EUGINE and EUTurbines Joint Press Release: The Energy System Integration and Hydrogen Strategies: a missed opportunity?

The right intention but insufficient conclusions and actions. This is the summary of EUTurbines and EUGINE on the Energy System Integration Strategy presented today by the European Commission. While the Hydrogen Strategy has a more inclusive approach, the Energy System...more >

04.03.2020

EUGINE and EUTurbines Joint Press Release: Climate-neutrality - renewable gases as a prerequisite

“The climate-neutrality objective provides certainty on the direction we are heading in for 2050 but lacks clarity on the steps in between and the solutions to be developed for achieving it”, said Ralf Wezel, Secretary General of both EUGINE and...more >

15.11.2019

Climate: The EIB acknowledges the role of cogeneration & renewable gas

Following the adoption by the European Investment Bank (EIB) of a new energy lending policy aligned with the Paris Climate Agreement, EUGINE Secretary General Ralf Wezel commented as follows:

“The EIB has played a key role in funding valuable projects...more >

23.11.2018

EUGINE and EUTurbines Joint Press Release on Horizon Europe

Horizon Europe – ITRE Committee vote:

Energy efficiency, flexibility and renewable gases rightfully taken on board

R&I support is crucial to ensure the transition towards a reliable, cost-efficient and decarbonised energy system. It is therefore important that the future EU R&I...more >