Energy Transition

Looking at the role of the natural gas network and infrastructure in delivering a lower carbon future

Energy Transition

What is renewable gas?

Renewable energy is simply energy that comes from natural sources or processes that are constantly replenishing.  For gas, that can be from biomethane, which is generated from repurposing naturally occurring agricultural waste or from hydrogen, which is generated through the process of electrolysis or steam methane reforming.

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What is Biomethane?

Biomethane is a green, non-fossil source of energy, produced from biogas derived from organic matter (often from landfill, food waste or agricultural waste).  Biomethane has a number of environmental benefits, the main one being that it repurposes methane from waste which would otherwise be released into the atmosphere.

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What is Hydrogen?

Hydrogen is one of the most abundant elements in the universe, but it doesn’t like to be alone and is usually attached to another element, like water (H2O).  Hydrogen, unlike natural gas, when burnt does not release methane into the atmosphere, so would provide a carbon free form of home heating gas if harnessed and transported through the gas infrastructure.

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Energy Transition Report

Northern Ireland benefits from one of the most modern and efficient gas networks in the world and by the end of 2022 will be distributing gas to around 320,000 homes and businesses locally.  

Natural gas users have embraced natural gas due to its wider environmental, economic and lifestyle benefits and we recognise that as we seek to look at energy for the future, consumers must be at the heart of energy transition and that cost effective and less disruptive technologies will be favoured by energy consumers.  

The natural gas infrastructure is equipped and uniquely sized to be able to support the long-term lower carbon needs of Northern Ireland, providing a practical solution for a lower carbon economy without the need for significant investment in network upgrade, disruption to existing homes and business and considerable behavioural changes to energy users heating needs.

Further information on the natural gas industry, and its potential to deliver lower carbon solutions can be found in the Natural Gas - Delivering a Lower Carbon Future Report

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