Contribution to decarbonisation
That is why we are already getting involved as pathfinders when it comes to designing a new, better energy system with the help of gas. In addition to natural gas as a CO2-reducing bridging technology, ‘green gases’ are playing an increasingly important role. We always look at the big picture: Associated with this shift towards a decarbonised world is ultimately the increasingly efficient networking of the energy and industrial sectors.
Where natural gas is used today, renewable gas will provide the same performance in the future – and help to meet climate protection targets in the medium and long term. Green gas is flexible and can be used where it can often only be replaced by electrification with great effort or cannot be replaced at all. We systematically develop this decarbonisation and value creation potential. The biggest growth driver for VNG in this area is currently biogas. It combines many advantages: Like all green gases, it is CO2-neutral, can be used flexibly, can be stored and is able to supply the base load.
Hydrogen will also be crucial to the success of the energy transition, as its use can achieve significant CO2 savings in all sectors. Hydrogen is a key raw material for many industries and is also ideally suited to compensate for seasonal variations in the availability of renewable energies and to promote sector coupling. For this reason, we are now researching how climate-neutral hydrogen can be produced, transported, stored and marketed on an industrial scale in the future.
We are convinced that the gas infrastructure can lower the costs of the energy transition and increase social acceptance for this ambitious project. The architecture of the new energy world is, however, a shared effort: In particular, the gas and energy industries as well as scientists and plant engineering are challenged to create a new, climate-friendly system step by step. To make this possible and to intermesh the various sectors efficiently, above all what is required is a regulatory framework and technology openness. The gas infrastructure offers the optimum conditions for doing both. One promising model of sector coupling that we are already testing under real-life conditions is the power-to-gas system. This makes it possible to intelligently integrate hydrogen into the energy system. With the help of this technology, sector coupling in the energy transition can develop its full potential for climate protection.