MARKET STATE AND TRENDS IN RENEWABLE AND LOW-CARBON GASES IN EUROPE
The new report of Gas for Climate defines a critical pathway of required developments across the supply chains for biomethane and green and blue hydrogen between today and 2050 to achieve a decarbonised energy system. A comprehensive overview of the current market state and trends towards further scale-up and cost reductions was not yet available.
The pathways study demonstrated that current policies and trends are insufficient to drive the abovementioned required developments.2 Additional policy and market action is required to speed up the transition. Renewable and low-carbon hydrogen and biomethane developments are already attracting a lot of positive attention in the media, in policy discussions, and in company strategies.
THREE IDENTIFIED PATHWAYS
This report identifies key trends in biomethane and green and blue hydrogen supply, demand, and infrastructure across Europe; it focuses on indicators and project examples by collecting and combining factual and statistical information and showcasing projects. These key trends are also analysed to track their progress in line with the required pathway developments in the short term (early 2020s-2030):
→ Green: Trend is in line with required pathway developments.
→ Blue: Emerging trend is developing.
→ Yellow: Early developments, no trend yet.
While the transformation towards net-zero CO₂ emissions is multifaceted and consists of many interlinked market and technological developments, the main focus of this analysis is on key trends in those sectors and subsectors that are most promising to decarbonise in the early 2020s-2030. This report is the first in a series aiming to provide regular insight into the current state and trends across the supply chain of renewable and low-carbon gases in Europe.