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thursday, 26. February 2015
NGVA welcomes the Energy Union Strategy, a long term plan for reorganising the EU’s energy and climate policy introduced by the European Commission on 25 February, which will create major opportunities for gas. The strategy outlines additional measures with the objective to secure supply of energy, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, improve energy efficiency and lower Europe’s oil dependence, especially in the transport sector.
At the same time, NGVA Europe calls for ensuring technology neutrality and points out that compressed natural gas (CNG) and liquefied natural gas (LNG), including biomethane, will substantially contribute to reaching the EU’s sustainability targets for both urban and long distance road transport in a cost efficient way. Main driver in the development will be the successful implementation of Directive 2014/94/EU on deployment of alternative fuels infrastructure.
The Energy Union’s Roadmap outlines planned actions in the field of transport, inter alia elaboration of post 2020 emission targets for cars and vans as well as an emission monitoring and reporting system for heavy duty vehicles, with the respective proposals to be laid down by 2016.
A review of the Directive on the promotion of clean and energy efficient vehicles will be launched in 2016, which aims at promoting the “use of road charging schemes based on the polluter-pays principle”. In order to decarbonise the transport sector, a communication is foreseen, including an action plan on second and third generation biofuels and other alternative fuels (2016-2017).
Vice-President Maroš Šefčovič and Commissioner Miguel Arias Cañete present the Energy Union
The strategy also contains an action plan “to explore the full potential of LNG” for storage and supply, focusing on developing the internal market and increasing interconnectivity.
The increased development and use of energy from renewable sources is supposed to be ensured by a Renewable Energy Package, which includes a new Renewable Energy Directive for 2030. Power to gas and biomethane, gas from renewable sources, are part of the Energy Union Strategy as a contributor to “local production and storage” of energy. Noteworthy is that this would only be achievable via an increased share of renewable methane blended with natural gas, to be used in the existing vehicles and infrastructure for CNG or LNG.
The Commission’s plan will be discussed by EU leaders next month before work is started on draft legislative initiatives, where NGVA will offer its support and active involvement.
Source: European Commission – Communication on Energy Union, NGVA Europe
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