Parliamentary question - P-002318/2023Parliamentary question
P-002318/2023

Phasing out fossil gas by 2040

Priority question for written answer  P-002318/2023
to the Commission
Rule 138
Marie Toussaint (Verts/ALE), David Cormand (Verts/ALE), Pierre Larrouturou (S&D), Mick Wallace (The Left), Sirpa Pietikäinen (PPE), Ville Niinistö (Verts/ALE), Jutta Paulus (Verts/ALE), Damien Carême (Verts/ALE), Bronis Ropė (Verts/ALE), José Gusmão (The Left), Marisa Matias (The Left), Anne-Sophie Pelletier (The Left), Niels Fuglsang (S&D), Margrete Auken (Verts/ALE), Kira Marie Peter-Hansen (Verts/ALE), Petros Kokkalis (The Left), Ignazio Corrao (Verts/ALE), Ciarán Cuffe (Verts/ALE), Cornelia Ernst (The Left), Bas Eickhout (Verts/ALE), Claudia Gamon (Renew), Matjaž Nemec (S&D), Rasmus Andresen (Verts/ALE), Ernest Urtasun (Verts/ALE), Tilly Metz (Verts/ALE), Michael Bloss (Verts/ALE), Niklas Nienass (Verts/ALE), Manon Aubry (The Left), Andreas Schieder (S&D), Malte Gallée (Verts/ALE), Caroline Roose (Verts/ALE)

The Council’s emergency measures to reduce gas demand were implemented successfully, exceeding the 15 % target, and have been extended[1] until March 2024. Studies[2] show that this demand reduction could be made permanent, allowing fossil gas to be phased out by 2040. None of the scenarios used by the European Scientific Advisory Board on Climate Change for its 2040 climate target modelling exercise[3] has more than 6 % fossil gas, while other scenarios show that an even earlier phase-out is feasible[4]. Moreover, the REPowerEU forecast of 20 Mt of green hydrogen by 2030 seems too high, given that hydrogen will be used in hard-to-electrify sectors. The Agora report ‘Breaking free from fossil gas’[5] indicates that no more than 4 Mt of renewable hydrogen will be in the system by 2030.

Could the Commission:

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Submitted:20.7.2023

Last updated: 27 July 2023
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