The global energy business is in a ferment of change. It is on course for a sustainable energy system that will limit climate change. The challenges faced globally and in Europe are immense. Security of supply, as well as efficiency and affordability, must be delivered along with decarbonisation and the move to green technology. This can only be achieved by a huge collective effort, for which the EU’s Energy Union strategy and the 2015 UN Climate Change Conference in Paris have laid the groundwork.
Gas is a guarantor of secure, sustainable, affordable and competitive energy supplies. These four factors are the keys to the success of the energy transformation.
Conserving resources, boosting efficiency, enhancing storability, reducing dependency on imports and expanding the use of domestic energy sources are central issues for Europe’s energy sector – and we must pay close attention to them.
Austrian households that use gas heating can be supplied with 100 % renewable gas. If the potential for biogas generation (from residual materials) and production of synthetic gas (from electricity surpluses) in Austria is fully exploited, in 2050 these will meet the entire heating demand (gas central heating and district heating) of all households in Austria – carbon-neutrally.