Labour MPs Back Role for Green Gas in UK Energy Future

Labour MPs Back Role for Green Gas in UK Energy Future

14 July 2016

The Parliamentary Labour Party Energy and Climate Change Committee has set out support for green gas in the UK’s low carbon energy mix in a publication launched in the House of Commons yesterday.

The Committee’s ‘Green Gas Book’, sponsored by Energy Networks Association (ENA), promotes low carbon gases, such as biomethane and hydrogen, as valuable sources of secure and affordable energy which can make a significant contribution to achieving UK carbon reduction targets.

The Book includes contributions from influential Labour MPs engaged in the UK energy debate including Rt Hon Caroline Flint, Dr Alan Whitehead, and Lisa Nandy. Senior figures from across the energy industry set out the role that green gas can play in the heat, power and transport sectors as the UK continues to transition to a low carbon economy.

Speaking at the launch of the Green Gas Book Dr Alan Whitehead MP said;

“Decarbonising our heat systems is a long term imperative, but ripping up all our gas mains and throwing everyone’s boilers out doesn’t look like a sensible way to do it. The Green Gas Book looks at how we might both decarbonise heat and keep the gas flowing, and what kind of policy changes a future government might adopt to make it happen.

Energy Networks Association has been at the forefront of this debate and it’s great that they have been able to sponsor The Green Gas Book in the way they have. I think they’ve facilitated a potentially really important contribution to policy discussion that gets to grips with the issues both politicians and the industry need to be thinking about.”

ENA Director of Policy Tony Glover provided a chapter for the publication on the vital role of the UK’s gas networks in facilitating green gas injection into the grid. Speaking at the launch he said:

“The innovation underway in our gas network sector is already delivering the valuable lessons and technical understanding which is encouraging the development of a thriving green gas sector in the UK.

Decarbonising heat is one of the major energy challenges we face, and this publication adds to the growing weight of evidence that the injection of green gas into the networks will play an important role in the future of a whole energy system.”

ENDS

Notes to Editors

 ENA is the voice of the networks representing the ‘wires and pipes’ transmission and distribution network operators for gas and electricity in the UK and Ireland.

You can read the Green Gas Book here.

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