• Client: European Parliament – Group of the Progressive Alliance of Socialists and Democrats (S&D Group)
  • Implementation period: 2017 - 2018 (Ongoing)
  • Geographic coverage: European Union

To what extent is EU support for trans-European gas infrastructure in line with the climate goals?

The objective of this study is to assess to what extent ENTSOG’s Ten Year Network Development Plan and the selection of EU Projects of Common Interest (PCIs) are in line with the 2030 EU Energy and Climate Framework and the impact of more ambitious 2030 targets, in particular for energy efficiency (30, 35 and 40% improvement of energy efficiency). The study should provide recommendations on how to adjust the policy framework supporting gas infrastructure to bring future investments in line with the energy and climate targets, to prevent stranded assets and ensure optimal allocation of EU (financial) support. Finally, the study will explore the technical and economic feasibility of decarbonising (existing or future) gas infrastructure by e.g. shifting to hydrogen, adding biogas or synthetic methane, or using decommissioned gas infrastructure for CO2 transport and storage.

The key objectives of the project are to answer the following research questions:

  • To what extent is the 2017 ENTSOG’s TYNDP and the gas PCI selection in line with the 2030 EU Energy and Climate Framework?
  • What would be the impact of more ambitious 2030 targets, in particular for energy efficiency (30, 35 and 40% improvement of energy efficiency) on the use of existing and need for new gas infrastructure?
  • How could/should legislation be amended in order to minimise the risk for stranded investments, while at the same time optimally contributing to the climate and energy objectives?
  • What is the flexibility potential of gas infrastructure?

The project is conducted by Trinomics in and will run from October 2017 to February 2018.