Can natural gas resources be used without impacting our ability to meet climate change targets? In a world where these resources are abundant, but their unabated combustion is constrained by climate targets, what is the best thing to do with natural gas?
Several uses of gas may be compliant with future climate change targets, including electricity generation with CCS, hydrogen production with CCS and constraining unabated gas use in electricity generation, industrial and domestic end uses within the limits set by emissions targets. However, understanding the best uses is complex, subject to assumptions and often contested. A better understanding of the evidence on this issue may help to clarify the extent to which the various options may play a future role.
The Sustainable Gas Institute (SGI) at Imperial College London as part of their White Paper Series has conducted a systematic review of the available evidence surrounding the best uses of natural gas to bring clarity to the debate. This white paper presents the findings of that review, exploring the concept of best use, the consensus of the evidence on where natural gas fits in 1.5°C energy scenarios and what key options influence the low carbon use of natural gas.
Insights from the new report will be presented by the main author Dr Jamie Speirs, and chapter authors, Luke Dubey and Naveed Tariq from Imperial College London
Their presentation will be followed by commentary and a live Q&A discussion with panel members. The event will be chaired by Professor Nigel Brandon and Professor Adam Hawkes.
- Dr Jamie Speirs, White Paper, Imperial College London (main author)
- Luke Dubey, Research Institute, for the Methane group of the Sustainable Gas Institute.
- Naveed Tariq, PhD student, Department of Chemical Engineering
- Martin Lambert, Senior Research Fellow, The Oxford Institute for Energy Studies
- Dr Susana Moreira, Senior Gas Specialist, The World Bank
Chaired by: Dr Adam Hawkes and Co-Chair Professor Nigel Brandon: Imperial College London
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