Gasunie is expanding its activities in the field of sustainable gas supplyGroningen | press release
Gasunie wants to play a more active role in helping to implement green gas in the Netherlands. Gasunie also wants to offer facilities for transporting and possibly storing CO2. What’s more, Gasunie also intends to boost its contribution to national and European environmental objectives by further optimising its own operations. These activities form part of a wider policy plan with which Gasunie intends to contribute towards the transition to a sustainable energy supply. At the same time, the company is striving for targeted cooperation with other businesses and institutions, both nationally and internationally, in order to achieve the most effective way possible of dealing with sustainability objectives. Gasunie sees the sustainable development of its activities not only as a social responsibility but also as an attractive development from an economic point of view which is in harmony with its core activities and contributes to efficient energy supply and which serves market forces and the public interest in the Netherlands and beyond.
In the Netherlands, green gas is obtained from fermenting biomass and from reprocessing the gas from refuse dumps – although this is still only carried out on a modest scale. Against the background of climate objectives, the Dutch government is aspiring to ensure that, by 2030, our total gas consumption will include five billion m3 of green gas. Gasunie is investigating the potential for using green gas in the future in its own high pressure transmission system, so that it may be possible to scale up the use of green gas. It is important that the integration of green gas, which is different in quality and composition due to its origin, is carried out carefully so that it can also be transported and supplied in accordance with the current high standards governing safety and reliability.
Gasunie is also putting itself forward as a candidate for the role of certifying authority in respect of green gas. The integration of green gas must be given the best possible chance and hence certification of the quality and origin of the gas is essential. Issuing certificates fulfils gas consumers’ requirements for certainty about the origin of the gas. The certification system can also be used to facilitate green gas trade and for a government incentive scheme for green gas production.
A lot of attention is currently being paid to the capture and storage of CO2. To make this possible on a large scale, safe transport between the place of capture and the storage location is necessary. Gasunie sees a niche for itself here. Given the organisation’s years of experience in constructing and managing gas transmission systems in a safe, sustainable and economically viable manner, it is well equipped to provide a transport function for CO2. The company is also already in talks with different parties, including power plants, about pilot projects to be started for CO2 storage and transport. These activities are wholly in line with the government policy which sees the capture and storage of CO2 as a necessity in the transition towards sustainable energy supply.
As far as research is concerned, Gasunie will be using its expertise and research facilities more intensively for the development and expansion of clean energy applications as well as sustainable energy infrastructure. The division Gasunie Engineering & Technology (GET) occupies a central role involved with supporting the work of all units, departments and subsidiaries in the field of sustainability. For this reason, a Knowledge Centre for Sustainable Gas Infrastructure has been set up within Gasunie Engineering & Technology, whose function is to continue building intensively on the knowledge and experience that Gasunie has developed over the last few decades as regards sustainability issues. The intensification of this knowledge function within GET will require 5 to 8 full-time equivalents.
Gasunie has drawn up ambitious CO2 reduction objectives in respect of its own operations – which turn out to be relatively efficient when compared at international level. The company is investing substantial amounts in measures aiming to reduce its ‘CO2 footprint’. Gasunie is striving towards having reduced its own emissions of CO2 equivalents by approximately 25% by 2015 or thereabouts. By doing so, Gasunie is already implementing in concrete terms the recently formulated government policy on this point.
By its nature, Gasunie’s work goes across borders. This is also certainly an efficient way of dealing with sustainability objectives. Gasunie is striving not only towards initiating projects itself, but also to learn from experiences in other countries and, if requested, also to share its own expertise.
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