Gas decarbonisation

Under its REPowerEU plan, the European Commission wants to reach 35 bcm of biomethane production and 20 million tonnes of green hydrogen production and imports by 2030. [Lena Wurm / Shutterstock]

The war in Ukraine triggered a momentous shift in the EU’s energy and climate policy, highlighting the urgency of replacing imports of Russian fossil gas with green alternatives, like biomethane and clean hydrogen.

Within weeks of Russia’s invasion, the European Commission outlined proposals to reduce the EU’s dependence on Russian gas by two thirds before the end of 2022 as part of a plan to become independent from all Russian fossil fuels “well before 2030”.

In this special report, EURACTIV looks at the potential of renewable and low-carbon gases in replacing Russian fossil fuel imports.

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