Decarbonisation of energy-intensive industries
Natural gas, LPG, decarbonised and renewable gases have a key role to play in boosting the EU’s competitiveness and highly skilled jobs, especially in energy-intensive industries. With around 32% of Europe’s gas consumption, these industries contribute 20% of Europe’s GDP and 25% of Europe’s employment. A further coal-to-gas switch and an increase of gas-based combined heat and power (CHP) can provide substantial emissions reductions and increase energy efficiency for heavy industries such as cement and steel. Simultaneously, a progressive deployment of biogas, biomethane, clean hydrogen and synthetic gas in the energy grid and bioLPG in rural areas can be part of the pathway towards their decarbonisation.