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Future Gas Series

Future Gas Series

During 2017 and 2018  IGEM is sponsoring the independent Future Gas Series research inquiry being led by Carbon Connect.

Part 1 of the Future Gas Series focussed on the future of the gas grid, examining issues related to the gas distribution network and local storage. The investigated the suitability of the gas grid to be re-purposed to distribute low carbon gas and the current impediments to doing this, as well as exploring the opportunities offered by low carbon gas.

Sarb Bajwa, then CEO of IGEM said at the report launch "this report was significant because it shows the gas industry is aware of the challenges that lie ahead in relation to climate change and that it is ready to act now in order to prepare for that future." He added, "this report is the first substantive evidence that the govenment should abandon the all-electric scenario put forward by previous research. There is a role for electricity but this will not be a blanket role and would still need to be buttressed by the gas industry."

You can download a copy of the report by clicking on the report cover below.

Next steps for the gas grid

The second inquiry identified the need for further government action to take advantage of the opportunities offered by low carbon gas to cut carbon emissions and boost the economy. The cross party inquiry was co-chaired by James Heappey, Conservative MP for Wells;  Alan Whitehead, Shadow Minister for Energy and Climate Change and MP for Southampton Test; and the Rt. Hon Alistair Carmichael, Liberal Democrat MP for Orkney and Shetland. 

IGEM is clear that gas has a significant and critical role to play in the decarbonisation challenge and transition to a low carbon economy. Gas has been a source of energy in the UK for over 200 years, serving 23.2 million customers nationwide. To negate the role of gas in decarbonising heat would mean abandoning a world class piece of infrasructure.

IGEM CEO, Neil Atkinson said, "Low carbon forms of gas could make a significant contribution to the UK's efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 80% iby 2050. In order to realise this opportunity however, the poduction of these gases will need to be developed further and commercialised.

"Policy development designed to support the decarbonisation of the economy as a whole, or specific sectors like heat and transport, will clearly need to take account of the broad range of technologies available and must enxourage their demonstration at sufficient diversity and scale."

Download a copy of the second report by clicking on the image below:

Producing low carbon gas

For more information about the Future Gas Series, please email Technical@igem.org.uk , or call +44 1509 678150. 



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