|Author (Corporate)||European Commission: DG Energy|
|Series Details||COM (2021) 803|
|Content Type||Blog & Commentary, News, Policy-making|
Legislative initiative tabled by the European Commission on 15 December 2021, seeking to extend the principles of EU legislation that cover gas networks to hydrogen networks. This is a recast of the Directive 2009/73/EC.
Directive 2009/73/EC - also known as the EU Gas Directive - introduced common rules for the transmission, distribution, supply and storage of natural gas. It concerns natural has, liquefied natural gas (LNG), biogas and gas from biomass.
The European Union (EU) set out the ambition to achieve climate neutrality by 2050, and adopted the European Climate Law to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by at least 55% by 2030. In order to meet that target, the energy system must reduce the use of fossil fuels and increase renewable sources. The effort must include the gas sector.
This draft law seeks to facilitate the penetration of renewable and low-carbon gases into the energy system, enabling a shift from natural gas and to allow for these new gases to play their role towards climate neutrality. It includes provisions on customer engagement and protection in the green gas retail market, hydrogen infrastructure and markets, renewable and low-carbon gas in the existing gas infrastructure and markets, network planning, security of supply and storage.
The proposed Directive was adopted by the European Commission on 15 December 2021. The European Parliament's relevant committee adopted a negotiating position on 9 February 2023. The Council of the European Union adopted its general approach to the draft law on 28 March.
|Subject Tags||Climate Change, Energy Markets, Energy Security, Renewable Energy|
|Keywords||Greenhouse Gas | GHG Emissions, Hydrogen, Natural Gas, Security of Energy Supply
|International Organisations||European Union [EU]|