New technologies and an eagerness from oil and gas majors to tackle methane leakage mean an EU strategy aimed at tackling the issue is well-timed.
A climate neutral energy system requires green hydrogen made from renewables to transport and store clean power, and take it into other sectors such as industry and transport. Europe is taking a lead, but climate campaigners caution that hydrogen must really be green and remain complementary to direct electrification.
While the goal may be green hydrogen from renewable power, blue hydrogen from natural gas with carbon capture and storage will be a cheaper, faster way to reduce industrial emissions and build demand for clean hydrogen over the next ten years.
Campaigners and the EU’s former climate commissioner say it’s time to scrap gas and power companies’ role in crafting regulations.