White Paper 6Can 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

  1. Electricity generation with climate capture and storage (CCS);
  2. Hydrogen production with CCS; and,
  3. 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 may help to clarify the extent to which the various options may play a future role.

The Sustainable Gas Institute 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.

Please cite the paper as: Speirs J., Dubey L., Balcombe P., Tariq N., Brandon N. and Hawkes A. The best uses of natural gas within Paris climate targets; Sustainable Gas Institute, Imperial College London. October 2021 [Source: www.imperial.ac.uk/sustainable-gas-institute/white-paper-6-the-best-uses-of-gas-within-paris-climate-targets]

White Paper 6: The best uses of gas within Paris Climate targets

White Paper 6: The best uses of gas within Paris Climate targets


Launch event

The white paper was launched at a live webinar on 13 October at 12:30-13:30. Insights from the new report were presented by the main author Dr Jamie Speirs (Imperial College London), and co-authors, Luke Dubey and Naveed Tariq. The presentation was followed by commentary and a live Q&A discussion with panel members, Dr Susana Moreira, Senior Gas Specialist at The World Bank and Martin Lambert, a Senior Research Fellow at The Oxford Institute for Energy Studies.

The event was chaired by Professor Nigel Brandon (Imperial College London).


Slides will appear here.