Almost four weeks after the German National Hydrogen Strategy was presented, the European Commission published the EU Strategies for Hydrogen and Sector Integration today. With its strategies, the Commission also addresses the role of gas storage facilities for a carbon-neutral energy system.
„We welcome the new EU Strategies and the general debate on green gases as a promising energy source. In contrast to the German government, the EU Commission in its strategy explicitly acknowledges the role of gas storage,” Sebastian Bleschke, Management Director of the Initiative Erdgasspeicher (INES) comments. “This is an important step forward as gas storage is an indispensable part of the energy transition. Storage system operators have been developing solutions for a green energy system for years and are now trying to upscale their technologies now.”
From a gas storage point of view, the EU Strategies especially address the following aspects:
EU Hydrogen Strategy:
EU Strategy for Sector Integration:
Gas storage facilities are a key part of the energy supply and contribute to a successful energy transition on a national and European level. “Gas storage pushes the energy transition by providing a storage solution for carbon-neutral gases. We urge the Commission to resolve the contradictions posed in its Strategies and acknowledge the importance of gas storage explicitly,” Sebastian Bleschke says.