Reaction KVGN to Energy Report

19-01-2016

A customised gas system

Dutch gas association KVGN supports government vision in Energy Report

In its Energy Report, the government has expressed its intention to follow a necessary and realistic path towards a low-CO2 energy system in 2050. Gertjan Lankhorst, President of KVGN, the organisation uniting representatives from the Dutch gas sector: “The government is approaching the energy transition from the viewpoint of the complete system. It is clear to everyone that the energy supply will change. KVGN supports this transition and wants to offer its knowledge and expertise to help realise the transition, and also ensure that the energy system is reliable and affordable. That is the contribution we can make as a gas sector.”

According to Lankhorst, attempts should be made to pursue a flexible system in which natural gas is used in those places where more sustainable alternatives are not yet available, so that future options remain open, for example the use of renewable gas, such as green gas and hydrogen. In his opinion, it is sensible that the government opts for a period of consultation, eventually resulting in a series of policy choices. “As a gas sector, we are keen to make our contribution. We share the vision of the government that the national gas resources, including the further extraction from marginal gas fields, remain important to ensure a reliable and independent energy supply. We must continue to work to minimise the negative effects of gas extraction. Whenever effects are inevitable, these must be compensated locally.”

According to Lankhorst, gaseous energy carriers have a logical place in a clean energy supply: “The key words here are customisation and innovation. Our sector is researching the use of green gas from biomass gasification. The development of hybrid heat pumps for households is another example. In new residential areas, gas will not always be necessary, while it remains the best choice in other areas. The same applies to freight traffic by road and water. The use of liquefied natural gas (LNG) may provide a solution here. Compared to diesel, the use of (bio) LNG significantly reduces the emission of particulates, CO2 and NOx, as well as noise pollution. Lankhorst stresses that the use of gas will require customisation. “We call this: ‘A customised gas system.’ I think this is an excellent basis for collaboration with many parties.”