The Future of European Energy by ERIG
ERIG (The European Research Institute for Gas and Energy Innovation) published a document that defines the future progress of the energy sector in Europe concerning the European Green Deal.
The main goal is to reach European and international climate targets, keeping the planet from warming over 2℃. Therefore, neutral gases will play a significant role. The document follows the institute’s approach, specifically, to contemplate energy or power, consisting of molecules and electrons as carriers of energy associated with infrastructure and technologies.
Below are the guiding theories of the theses document:
- Quality – Recommendations for measure must base on research and practical projections of achievable developments
- Completeness – Systemic results, existing infrastructure, and time must be key considerations
- Feasibility – Minimizing any disruption is a must for feasibility and social acceptance
From the viewpoint of ERIG, these principles apply universally.
Moreover, ERIG also plays a role in gas innovation. Among all the other energy molecules, one of the closest ones to electrons is gas. Also, when burning gas, it shares only a low amount of emissions. ERIG considers three guiding principles necessary for gas innovation and a successful transition:
- Gas as the main factor – Gas is considered the primary factor in attaining an energy system that integrates molecules and electrons.
- Multi-gas instead of mono-gas – Authorities must examine any gas distributed in the market according to the potential to release greenhouse gases.
- Gas and research – There is a need for more research and development efforts that concern gas solutions.
With all of the points mentioned, the future for European energy is beginning to form its framework for a cleaner energy system.