ENTSOG facilitates gas grids’ constructive role in the energy transition, including the repurposing, retrofitting and refurbishment of the gas grids for the transport of renewable and low carbon gases. The team will undertake the necessary activities that will be required within the regulatory framework of the Hydrogen and Decarbonised Gas Markets package. This legislation aims to decarbonise gas markets, promote hydrogen and biomethane and reduce methane emissions.
ENTSOG is committed to the goals of the European Green Deal, including legislative initiatives within the 'Fit for 55' package. ENTSOG will also continue its work on Energy System Integration, specifically the development and planning of the EU hydrogen backbone via repurposing and retrofitting of existing pipelines, based on the revised TEN-E Regulation. ENTSOG will continue dialogue with relevant stakeholders from the hydrogen, electricity, and gas value chains. Engagement with storage and LNG system and ports operators, DSOs and hard-to-decarbonise off-takers of hydrogen are of particular relevance.
Challenges include addressing fluctuating gas qualities, framing the proper conditions for connecting decarbonised and renewable gases production, planning usage of gas grids from hydrogen and biogas friendly perspective or designing new data flows between TSOs and DSOs. Nevertheless, gas systems offer a long-distance transportation, a long-term energy storage, decarbonisation of heating and short-term demand management support tools.
ENTSOG will continue to engage with stakeholders along the whole value-chain via:
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Sara Piskor - Director, Strategy, Policy and Communication
ENTSOG, as facilitator of the Roundtable, was engaged in preparing the ‘Learnbook on Hydrogen Supply corridor’. The Learnbook was developed based on the mandate from Roundtable CEOs and provides industry expertise and knowledge on the potential development of the six potential hydrogen import corridors as visualised in the REPowerEU Action Plan. The report was presented at a CEO meeting held on 4 April at the premises of Port of Antwerp-Bruges.
In December 2022, ENTSOG along with GIE, Eurogas, CEDEC, GD4S, and GEODE, and in cooperation with European Hydrogen Backbone (EHB), launched the first edition of the 'Hydrogen Infrastructure Map'. Hear more about the objectives and benefits of this map from Patricia Orglerova, as she speaks with James Kneebone of the Florence School of Regulation.
Six industry associations for gas distribution, transmission, import and storage, in cooperation with European Hydrogen Backbone Initiative, have launched a website visualising hydrogen projects in an interactive map. This map was developed using bottom-up collection of data for relevant infrastructure projects, including those for demand and production, and presents the projects in 2030, 2040 and 2050.
After ENTSOG's Annual Conference 2022, Director for Strategy, Policy and Communication - Sara Piskor - had the opportunity to sit and discuss some of the challenges and opportunities for the gas infrastructure with key stakeholders. Links for each of the five recordings are below.
On16 December 2022, ENTSOG hosted their annual conference ‘In The Pipeline: Secure Winter, Sustainable Future’ in hybrid format, with online participants and attendees at the ENTSOG office joining the discussions. Security of supply and the gas grids’ readiness for hydrogen were discussed by participants.
ENTSOG, together with its Members, have developed a Hydrogen Project Visualisation Platform to map the numerous hydrogen projects to identify supply and demand centres, to develop an EU-wide Hydrogen Backbone. This is comprehensive, interactive map for hydrogen projects along the whole value chain based on open source data.
ENTSOG facilitates the Roundtable on Clean Hydrogen Transmission and Distribution under the European Clean Hydrogen Alliance, which contributed to two main ECH2A deliverables: Project Investment pipeline and Report on Barriers and Mitigation measures.
ENTSOG launched in January 2021 an Advisory Panel for Future Gas Grids with the purpose to discuss openly among stakeholders along the entire value chain on how to transition the gas grids to net-zero by 2050. The video summarises the work done in 2021 and future steps and deliverables for 2022.
EC Head of Cabinets – Stefano Grassi and Diederik Samsom discussed the regulatory framework the newly published Hydrogen and Decarbonised Gas Markets in detail with participants, with a transition phase by 2030, towards a hydrogen market in 2050. Watch the recording here:
ENTSOG, GIE and Hydrogen Europe have joined forces on a factsheet that answers a number of fundamental questions about gaseous and liquid hydrogen transport and storage. This factsheet provides an objective and informative analysis on key concepts, terminology and facts and figures from different public sources.