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Brussels , Belgium
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Climate Lobbying Overview: Eurogas appears to have mixed engagement with climate-related regulation. While its top-line messaging appears to be positive, its position on some climate-related regulations appear to be more mixed, while also advocating for a continued role for natural gas in a future energy-mix.

Top-line Messaging on Climate Policy: Eurogas appears to clearly recognize the need for drastic action in the face of climate change in its climate communications. In its 2021 climate ambition statement, the association stated that it holds an established commitment to the Paris Agreement as well as the EU’s 2030 and 2050 climate targets. In a 2020 joint letter to the EU Commission, the coalition called upon EU institutions and national governments to continue to support the EU climate neutrality target in 2050 and fully support the call by thirteen EU climate and environment ministers to place the European Green Deal at the heart of the EU’s recovery plan in April 2020.

Engagement with Climate-Related Regulations: Eurogas’s engagement with climate-related regulations appears to be mixed. In both its responses to the Carbon Border Adjustment Mechanism (CBAM) roadmap in 2020 and updating the EU ETS consultation in 2021, Eurogas states its support for a CBAM but with exceptions, suggesting it should only cover manufactured products and complement the EU ETS free allowances. On the other hand, in the same 2021 consultation, Eurogas appears to support the strengthening of the EU ETS to match the increased climate ambition of the EU. This was reaffirmed in Eurogas’s 2021 climate ambition statement, where Eurogas repeated its support for strengthening and widening the scope of the EU ETS. Eurogas has also appeared to have called for a robust carbon price in the EU ETS that would favor renewable and decarbonized gasses.

Since 2019, Eurogas, alongside the European Biogas Association (EBA), appears to have been pushing for a binding target for renewable and decarbonized gas usage, 11% by 2030, but does not appear to clearly specify what gases would qualify within this. In its 2021 climate ambition statement it added that such a target must be accompanied by a competitive internal energy market that promotes the integration and trading of low-carbon gases. In a 2021 consultation response on the EU’s new rules to prevent methane leakage in the energy sector, Eurogas did not appear to give a clear position on the rules but promoted its own target of a 20% emission reduction by 2030 for all gas consumed in the EU compared to 2018 levels.

Positioning on Energy Transition: Eurogas is campaigning for the role of gas in Europe’s future energy mix, seemingly looking to defend the role of fossil gas while simultaneously promoting increased contributions from renewable and decarbonized gasses. In a 2019 consultation response, Eurogas lobbied to weaken the GHG emissions criteria for both natural gas and hydrogen under the EU’s Taxonomy, and has subsequently been quoted repeating this position in a media article in 2021. In 2020, Eurogas stated that ‘gas – natural, renewable and decarbonized – must be part of the solution’, similarly in 2021 it called for hydrogen blending with natural gas to be recognized as an enabler to the hydrogen economy. In 2020, Eurogas responded to the EU’s Hydrogen Strategy Roadmap, advocating for the inclusion of renewable and decarbonized gases, but also stating that liquified and compressed natural gas will play a key role to 2050 with limited clarity around the scale-up of CCS to support this. However, in the same year, in Eurogas’ response to the EU’s Offshore Renewable Energy Strategy, it supported industrial decarbonization and advocated for green hydrogen, produced from offshore wind, to be used for storage of excess renewable energy.