FEEM working papers "Note di lavoro" series
2015 .086

The Role of Natural Gas in the EU Decarbonisation Path


Authors: Manfred Hafner, Simone Tagliapietra
Series: Energy: Resources and Markets
Editor: Matteo Manera
Keywords: Gas, Decarbonisation, EU Energy Policy
JEL n.: Q40, Q42, Q48

Abstract

Over the last decade decarbonisation has become a key priority for the EU. However, on the contrary of renewable energy or energy efficiency, the role of gas in this process has never been clearly defined. This uncertainty opens a wide debate on the future role of gas in the EU energy system, particularly vis-à-vis the progressively stronger role of renewables in the EU energy mix. This paper tackles this issue with the aim to explore what role gas might play in making the EU decarbonisation path more balanced and secure up to 2030 and beyond.

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Suggested citation: Hafner, M., S. Tagliapietra, (2015), 'The Role of Natural Gas in the EU Decarbonisation Path', Nota di Lavoro 86.2015, Milan, Italy: Fondazione Eni Enrico Mattei.

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