About: natural gas

French gas association optimistic about reaching 2023 biomethane target this year

The gas industry is committed to ensuring that by 2050, 100% of gas is renewable or decarbonised, but to achieve that, it will have to diversify, Patrick Corbin, president of the French Gas Association (AFG) said in an interview with EURACTIV France.

MEP Canfin: The French hard line on nuclear is a dead end

The hard line defended by France over the inclusion of nuclear power in the green finance taxonomy is a dead end because there is no majority in favour of it at the EU level, warns lawmaker Pascal Canfin. Instead, the French MEP argues for including nuclear energy in the 'transition' category.

Gas expert: ‘IPCC is clear – we don’t have the option of waiting’

Switching from coal to gas in power generation is the single most important action Europe can take to get on the path to net-zero emissions by 2050, argues Simon Blakey, a European gas expert.
Energy 13-02-2019

Jerzy Buzek: Deal on Nord Stream 2 is good for Poland and EU

The revised EU gas directive agreed on Tuesday night (12 February) gives guarantees that the EU’s interests are preserved, by giving the European Commission a key role in the permitting process of all pipelines linking Europe with foreign countries, including Russia, says MEP Jerzy Buzek.  EURACTIV Poland reports.
Transport 17-10-2018

Gas chief: LNG can help cut air pollution, boost human health

Shipping is responsible for over 3% of global emissions with that number expected to grow. Owners and operators will have to decide how to clean up their vessels and liquefied natural gas (LNG) is a potential solution, Gas Infrastructure Europe's Wim Groenendijk told EURACTIV.
Energy 15-05-2018

Academic: ‘Huge progress’ in EU gas markets but supply still an issue

The integration of European gas markets has made strides over the last fifteen years, bolstering energy security in Eastern EU countries as a result, says Jonathan Stern. But the collapse of Dutch production means Russia will probably remain at the centre of the game for years to come, he cautions.
Energy 19-03-2018

Seán Kelly MEP: Gas is ‘preferred option’ as back-up for renewables

Intermittent renewable electricity will need backup for at least the next 20 or 30 years, says Irish MEP Seán Kelly. As the least dirty among fossil fuels, natural gas is probably the most cost-effective and “preferred option,” he argues.
Energy 18-12-2017

Statoil VP: ‘Natural gas has a home in the zero-carbon world’

Europe can decarbonise its industry thanks to a combination of natural gas, hydrogen and carbon capture and storage technology, Statoil executive Sonja Chirico Indrebø told EURACTIV Slovakia in an interview.
Electricity 04-10-2017

EU power utility boss: ‘Coal is finished, the hard question now is gas’

Apart from Poland, there are no plans to build new coal-fired power plants in Europe, says Francesco Starace. The hard question today is instead who will build a new gas power plant. “And many companies are not doing that either,” he told EURACTIV in an interview.
Energy 25-09-2017

Gas lobby chief: ‘In 2050, 76% of gas could be renewable’

The excess wind and solar electricity generated at times of oversupply could be used more systematically to produce synthetic gas, providing a convenient way of storing renewable energy that would otherwise be lost. The potential is huge, and can be used to heat homes during winter, argues Beate Raabe.
Energy 22-11-2016

Eurelectric boss: ‘Orchestrated’ power markets must end

If European Union leaders don’t believe markets can work, then there’s no point having a carbon price to encourage renewable energies. And the energy market will always be “orchestrated” by national governments keeping fossil fuels subsidised, says Hans Ten Berge.
Energy 08-02-2016

Norwegian energy minister: We will drill until gas reserves run out

Norway will be on its last third of natural gas reserves by 2035, much of it in the Arctic, and almost all of it destined for the EU market, the country’s Minister of Petroleum and Energy told EURACTIV in an interview. Tord Lien said production would stop once the reserves were gone.
Jerzy Buzek
Climate change 07-12-2015

Jerzy Buzek: ‘Let’s not be hypocrites’ about coal

Poland should continue relying on coal but only at the condition that it uses the newest technologies, says Jerzy Buzek, as COP21 enters its second week.
Trade & Society 16-05-2013

Gas industry chief: We cannot wait for a more ambitious energy policy

The 22 May EU summit dedicated to energy issues should clearly transform the prevailing talking mode in the energy and climate framework into action mode, Jean-Claude Depail, tells EURACTIV.
Energy 05-04-2013

NIS CEO: Gazprom is our main shareholder, but we support Serbia’s EU bid

  Gazprom Neft holds a 56% stake in NIS, the largest energy company in Serbia, but the company vows to do business “outside politics” and support the country’s EU integration, Kirill Kravchenko, CEO of NIS, told EURACTIV in an exclusive interview.  
Europe's East 14-02-2013

Analyst: It’s good having the EU-Ukraine summit

The 25 February EU-Ukraine summit is not expected to make a breakthrough in relations between Brussels and Kyiv, but it can set the course for improvement ahead of the Vilnius Eastern Partnership summit in November, Amanda Paul, analyst at the European Policy Centre, told EURACTIV in an exclusive interview.
Climate change 13-02-2013

WWF head: Sustainable energy could save $4 trillion by 2050

Jason Anderson, the head of WWF's EU climate and energy policy, explains why binding targets and a backloading of carbon credits are needed to decarbonise Europe's economy by 2050.
Future EU 26-06-2012

Minister: Cyprus won’t be intimidated by Turkey

  Statements by Turkish leaders who say their country will boycott the Cyprus EU presidency are “insulting and provocative” to Cyprus and the EU as a whole, says Cypriot Foreign Minister Erato Kozakou-Markoulis.
Energy 07-05-2012

Shell executive: We must reform the Emissions Trading System

Shell has joined with other ‘progressive’ businesses to lobby the EU for a much stronger carbon price to incentivise clean energy investments. But Graeme Sweeney insists that it will not compromise on its support for tar sands, gas, and opposition to new efficiency and renewables targets.
Energy 27-02-2012

DEPA exec: Southern gas corridor still needs ITGI

The selection of the Trans-Adriatic Pipeline (TAP) project for the Italian pipeline portion of the Southern gas corridor is only a "provisional decision", says Harry Sachinis, chairman and chief executive of the Public Gas Corporation of Greece (DEPA). In an exclusive interview with EURACTIV, he insists that TAP lacks the necessary licences ITGI has. 
Energy 16-11-2011

CEO: Nabucco project does not fear recession

In times of economic difficulties and fears of recession in Europe, overall energy demand will not increase, but the portfolio will change in favour of natural gas, Reinhard Mitschek, managing director Nabucco Gas Pipeline International, told EURACTIV in an exclusive interview.
Brexit 11-08-2011

Expert: Unconventional gas has huge potential

Shale gas and unconventional gas have a huge future but their lack of social acceptance, and the technological adjustments and regulatory framework required to develop them remain a challenge in Europe, Pawel Konzal of the World Economic Forum (WEF), told EURACTIV Czech Republic in an exclusive interview.
Brexit 15-12-2010

Eurogas: New Commission receptive to natural gas potential

The European Commission is today much more receptive to the potential of natural gas as a climate-friendly and cheap energy source, said Jean-François Cirelli, president of Eurogas and vice-chairman of GDF-Suez, in an exclusive interview with EURACTIV.
Energy 24-11-2010

Pipeline director: Gas race will have a winner in April

The gas pipeline consortium that wins a deal to buy 10 billion cubic metres of Azeri gas next April will become the backbone of the Southern Gas Corridor, Kjetil Tungland, managing director of the Trans-Adriatic Pipeline (TAP), told EURACTIV in an exclusive interview.