Energy Networks Australia (ENA) and the Australian Pipelines and Gas Association (APGA) have published a Gas Vision 2050 update.
It’s comprehensive document which identifies key actions that should be taken to transition Australia’s gas networks to net zero emissions in line with global and national targets.
After all, every Australian state and territory has set themselves net-zero targets by or before 2050 with many businesses making similar commitments.
The report released provides a high-level summary of the detailed action plan that was developed by DNV GL on behalf of ENA and APGA. The report explains that reaching the net-zero target by 2050 will require ongoing support and focus across industry and from governments, businesses and consumers.
ENA chief executive officer (CEO) Andrew Dillon said the best and most cost-effective way to achieve net-zero was to repurpose existing gas pipelines and networks to allow clean renewable hydrogen and biomethane and develop our renewable electricity grid.
“There is no single best pathway to decarbonise – this report shows that the size of the energy transformation demands a mix of solutions including electrification and renewable gas. This gives us diversity of energy supply and retains customer choice,” said Dillon.
“The challenge is to find the right mix of these solutions to reach net-zero emissions in a way that ensures the reliability and security of our energy system and minimises costs so power bills either stay the same or are reduced.”
APGA CEO Steve Davies stated gas transmission pipeline and distribution network businesses have begun transitioning to renewable gasses.
“Gas infrastructure businesses are adopting ambitious internal targets to reach net-zero emissions, some by 2040, and major progress has been made towards providing renewable gas to customers,” said Davies.
“The fastest path to net-zero includes the decarbonisation of gas. We are working today to make gas networks and pipelines ready to accommodate any form of renewable and decarbonised gas to reduce emissions.”
Gas Vision 2050 is the gas industry’s plan to lower carbon emissions in line with the aims of the Paris Agreement on climate change.
To read the full Gas Vision 2050 update, click here.
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