The energy transition needs natural gas

Natural gas can drive efficient climate protection: WINGAS exhibits at the 2016 E-world with the slogan “Rethink Energy. Think Natural Gas”

Essen/Kassel. Since the Paris climate conference, if not before, it has become clear that the Energiewende and climate protection must go hand in hand. In light of this, as Europe’s leading trade fair of the energy and water industry, “E-world energy and water 2016” kicks off in Essen, Ludwig Möhring, the Managing Director of WINGAS GmbH responsible for Sales, has called for the restructuring of Germany’s energy landscape to be consistently aligned to reducing CO2 emissions. “Despite the commendable progress that has been made in expanding the use of renewables, in order to have sustainable climate protection, reducing CO2 emissions has to become the “leading currency” and replace the unilateral focus on increasing renewable energies, for the effect of this has been that power generation from coal has risen to new heights, thereby undermining any success made in reducing CO2 in the electricity sector,” Möhring declared. “The Paris agreement is not just a vision, it is also a mandate to act. Germany must and can show that it can achieve its CO2 reduction targets. However, unfortunately, at the moment, it does not look like it will: the CO2 reduction targets for 2020 are not being reached, neither in the electricity segment, nor the heating market, nor the transport sector,” explained Möhring at E-world’s “Energy Industrie Leadership Meeting” on 15  February 2016.

“Climate protection can only succeed with both conventional and renewable energy sources, not just now, but for decades to come,” Möhring explained in his address to representatives from politics, business and the media at the “Energy Leadership Meeting” taking place as part of the trade fair. “On the contrary, with the burgeoning global population, the demand for energy will only grow in the coming decades.” Germany and Europe would continue to need a reliable source of energy that is available at all times in the decades to come, he said. “Only an integrated approach to conventional and reneawable energies will facilitate the successful – and global – transformation to a low-carbon future,” Möhring said.

During his presentation the WINGAS Managing Director for Sales also turned his focus to the heating market, where 40 percent of Germany’s CO2 emissions are generated: “Effective climate protection on the heating market will only be possible when we highlight the low-cost possibilities of reducing CO2 to consumers. Some rethinking is needed here”, Möhring made clear. “Legislation such as the German Energy Saving Regulation (EnEV) must be more geared towards CO2 criteria, which is not the case at present. The primary energy factor is the key paramter in the EnEV and focuses solely on the use of primary energy, thereby ignoring CO2 emissions. Often the installation of a new natural gas condensing boiler is the most efficient solution in terms of climate protection and costs.”

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