Natural gas – a cornerstone of the modern energy sector but underestimated in Germany

WINGAS showcase at E-world 2017 with the slogan: “Natural gas. The energy for tomorrow. Today.”

Essen/Kassel. The energy mix of the future cannot do without conventional energy sources: “Serious and affordable climate protection must be measured by how timely and swiftly CO2 emissions can be cut,” Ludwig Möhring, Managing Director, Sales, at WINGAS GmbH, said as the “E-world energy and water 2017” trade fair begins in Essen. “As good and appropriate as the expansion of renewable energies is, it can only be part of a more comprehensive strategy to reduce CO2. We will only succeed in cutting CO2 emissions rapidly and affordably if conven-tional and renewable energies work hand in hand.” Natural gas, as the most climate-friendly of the conventional energy sources, would play an important role as a system partner in the extensive restructuring of the energy landscape towards a low-carbon world, Möhring assured representatives from politics, the economy and media in his address at the “Energy Leadership Meeting” in the run-up to the trade fair. WINGAS is exhibiting at “E-world 2017” from 7 – 9 February 2017 in Hall 1, Stand 1-310, with the slogan “Natural gas. The energy for tomorrow. Today.”

“The German federal government has adopted the Climate Action Plan 2050 to reach the CO2 targets and in response to the Paris agreement. This plan is to be welcomed – especially in view of the marginal success achieved in terms of climate protection by the energy transition so far,” Möhring continued. However, he added that the electrification of all consumption sectors – i.e. including heating and transport – favored by the federal government and laid down in the Climate Action Plan 2050 wouldn’t pass a “stress test”. “There is no proof of feasibility, and interestingly enough this hasn’t even been attempted in the Climate Action Plan. Yet there is every reason to doubt the feasibility based on the current facts: despite investments worth billions of euros, today renewable energies only cover 12.5 percent of Germany’s primary en-ergy requirements – just 2.5 percentage points more than five years ago. This means that there will have to be a huge leap in the produc-tion of renewable electricity in the next few years,” the WINGAS Man-aging Director underlined. “But we are being kept truly in the dark on how this required expansion of electricity capacity is supposed to be facilitated by renewables when Germany’s homes have to be heated entirely by electricity from renewables in winter too.”

For Mr Möhring similar questions arise in relation to the energy infrastructure in Germany: “Even now every expansion of the transmission networks requires a huge effort. What’s more, hardly anyone is talking about the massive expansion of the distribution networks required – this is where renewables are mostly fed into the grid. The Climate Action Plan stubbornly avoids these questions, concentrating merely on visions for the future. This is even more surprising when you consider that Germany is pretty much on its own among its peers with this radical electricity-only approach.” 

And yet natural gas already offers a well-developed infrastructure, which could also be used for green, synthetically produced gas and has considerable potential for successful climate protection. As Möhring said, “natural gas can and will play a key role as we transition towards a lower-carbon world – in Germany, but also globally.” The International Energy Agency (IEA) agrees with this assessment: in its current World Energy Outlook, the IEA estimates that 50 percent more natural gas will be consumed globally in 2040 than is being consumed today.

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