On January 26th, the Dutch gas sector officially launched its vision document ‘Gas-op-maat’ (‘Gas to order’) and the associated GILDE agenda.
Last Thursday, two Royal Dutch Gas Association (KVGN) meetings took place in The Hague, which were both well attended: a working session in the context of the project ‘Gas as part of long-term sustainable energy management’ (GILDE) and the New Year’s reception. At this last meeting, Stef Blok, the then Minister for Housing and Civil Service (now Security & Justice) spoke about the huge challenges Dutch citizens and companies are facing to make their homes and business premises greener.
The Dutch gas sector, represented by the Royal Dutch Gas Association, officially launched its vision document ‘Gas-op-maat’ (‘Gas to order’) at the working session and the associated GILDE agenda with concrete projects to contribute to a CO2-neutral energy supply. Both were drawn up in consultation and cooperation with stakeholders from the gas sector and external stakeholders, such as NGOs.
Vision document: Gas op maat - Gas to order
The principle of CO2 reduction is a leading one. More and more, the use of natural gas is becoming customised. Gas to order assumes that, in accordance with the principles of the so-called ‘Ladder of 7’, natural gas is used when renewable sources of energy (solar, wind, renewable gas) are not sufficient. In accordance with the Ladder, direct climate advantages can be achieved if a form of energy lower on the ladder is replaced by a form of energy on a higher rung. One example: The replacement of coal by natural gas has immediate climate benefits in the large-scale generation of electricity. But also: It is not always a matter of course that a gas connection will be installed in new homes. As the representative of the Dutch gas sector, the Royal Dutch Gas Association will endeavour to ensure that gas continues to play an optimal role in a climate-neutral energy system.
In the GILDE agenda, the gas sector has determined within which themes new initiatives need to be developed, and how these contribute to the transition towards a climate-neutral, effective and smart energy system, which is also still flexible and reliable.
These themes are:
- Contribution to a sustainable heat supply in neighbourhoods & hybrid heat pumps
- LNG in heavy transport (small-scale shipping, inland navigation)
- Green gas
- Synergy between geothermal energy and gas
- Offshore energy integration
- Methane emissions
From now on, the Royal Dutch Gas Association will be responsible for promoting, coordinating, monitoring and communicating these initiatives. For more information, see: Gas-op-Maat en Gilde Agenda (in Dutch available only).
At the New Year’s reception, gas minister Stef Blok shared his vision of the energy transition in the built environment. He linked the speed of energy transition directly to support in society as a whole. We must be wary of ‘planned-economy’ initiatives, as these cannot automatically count on that support, according to the minister. In addition, he indicated that, as far as he is concerned, housing cooperatives should invest more in the energy efficiency of houses (e.g. better insulation). To that end, the housing cooperatives should invest their generous cash reserves, Blok added provocatively.
At the end of the meeting, it was clear for all those present: The gas sector is entering a new era. On the basis of the new vision document and agenda, we can actively work on our visibility in our contributions to a new energy future in the coming years.