The European Green Pact (or ‘Green deal’) makes climate the priority of European public policies. It sets a key objective for our continent: to achieve carbon neutrality by 2050, and initiates the adaptation of the relevant regulatory provisions, in particular through the European Climate Law.
The European Commission has organised public consultations and working groups to build its roadmap. During these consultations, Teréga helped demonstrate the key role of gas infrastructures, particularly within the context of the sectoral integration strategy in the field of energy, but also for the adaptation of trans-European transport networks to renewable energies.
This already existing network, capable of adapting to new forms of energy, represents a major asset for a successful energy transition at lower cost and job creation in our territory. The work of the Gas for Climate Consortium, of which Teréga is a member, is a concrete illustration of these assets.
year of achieving carbon neutrality within the European Union
km of pure hydrogen transport grid in the EU by 2040
share of renewables in EU consumption in 2030 - a target soon to be revised upwards in the framework of the Green Deal
Hydrogen is recognised as an essential component of the energy transition. It makes it possible to store and redistribute solar and wind electricity. As such, it enables synergies between gas and electricity networks, and thus the optimisation of energy consumption.
Teréga partners with European players in order to develop innovative multi-energy offers. A few examples:
Building a European ‘hydrogen backbone’: Teréga and ten European gas operators have demonstrated that their existing infrastructures can transport hydrogen at an affordable cost. This European network could reach 6,800 kilometres by 2030 and nearly 23,000 kilometres by 2040. Eventually, two complementary gas transport networks could thus exist in Europe: a first network dedicated to the transport of hydrogen and a second to the transport of biomethane.
Massive storage of hydrogen: Hydrogène de France (HDF) and Teréga have signed a partnership to develop and offer solutions for geological energy storage in salt caverns. So we have launched the HyGéo pilot project to study the underground storage of ‘green’ hydrogen, which is obtained by electrolysis of water and therefore has no greenhouse gas emissions. This non-polluting hydrogen will be stored in an abandoned geological cavity previously used for hydrocarbon storage. Thanks to high-power fuel cells supplied by HDF, the stored hydrogen will be able to produce electricity.