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03 May 2018

Power-to-gas crucial if Germany pursues ambitious climate policy - metastudy

Tagesspiegel Background

Producing gas using renewable power is crucial for the success of Germany’s energy transition if the country decides to pursue ambitious climate targets, according to a meta-analysis by energy management consultancy enervis commissioned by Leipzig natural gas trader VNG, reports Felix Wadewitz in Tagesspiegel Background. If Germany decides to lower CO2 emissions by 80 percent by 2050, the lower end of its climate target range of cutting CO2 output by 80 to 95 percent, power-to-gas technology will barely play a role. In contrast, a more ambitious aim of a 90 percent emission cut will hardly be possible without the technology, reports Tagesspiegel. Ambitious climate policy would require a roll-out of power-to-gas infrastructure as early as the 2020s, meaning Germany must specify its 2050 climate targets soon, writes Wadewitz.

Find plenty of background in the new factsheet Sector coupling - Shaping an integrated renewable energy system

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