Natural gas is set to play a massive part in Europe's energy future

Top Quote It has been two years since EU member states agreed on an ambitious target to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 80-95% by 2050 compared with levels reached in the 1990s. In December 2011, the EU is set to publish its Energy 2050 Roadmap which will include various scenarios regarding a low carbon energy system. End Quote
  • (1888PressRelease) December 14, 2011 - Additionally, the recent nuclear disaster in Japan has prompted traditional European power generators, such as Germany, to renounce its nuclear power development by 2021 in favour of gas-fired power and renewable energy. Natural gas is the cleanest-burning fossil fuel and can make a significant and immediate contribution to cutting Europe's CO2 emissions in an affordable manner since the gas network infrastructure is readily available.

    This has also been reported by the European Gas Advocacy Forum (EGAF) published earlier this year. The report presents a cost-efficient roadmap where replacing coal with natural gas in the power sector is combined with a growth in renewable energy sources and a further development and maturing of emission-reducing technologies like carbon capture and storage.

    Natural gas is an abundant resource and worldwide gas reserves are now sufficient to cover current demand for about 250 years. That makes natural gas a fuel for the future, especially in the power segment. Replacing old coal-fired power stations with new gas-fired plants can reduce carbon emissions by two-thirds.

    Natural gas provides a reliable, affordable and environmentally effective energy supply that will help meet the increasing energy demand as well as mid- and long-term policy goals on emission reductions.

    With this in mind, SMi Group's Gas to Power conference will enable gas and power companies to come together and discuss key aspects underlying the development of gas and power convergence.

    Don't miss out on the opportunity to review the inherent technical, commercial, regulatory and environmental challenges relating to how the gas network infrastructure can make a greater contribution to energy supplies.

    To view the full speaker line-up and conference agenda, visit

    Alternatively, for further information contact Fateja Begum on +44 (0) 20 7827 6184 or email fbegum ( @ ) smi-online dot

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