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Securing EU industrial leadership in climate technologies

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The EU leads in gas decarbonisation technologies, which are already widely available. These technologies can make the EU the world leader in climate mitigation industries. Unlocking these new growth areas would secure jobs for European citizens and innovative businesses – a vital prerequisite for a successful transition to carbon neutrality.

European manufacturers develop anaerobic digestors that produce biomethane, which is also a solution for waste treatment. EU-manufactured electrolysers produce hydrogen for future use in transport, industry and power sectors. Homegrown industries manufacture CCS components and pyrolysis equipment, as well as LNG engines and engines/turbines for CCGTs.

Decarbonising the gas industry offers new employment opportunities that maintain EU’s competitive advantage and must not be squandered. Leadership in the manufacturing of climate change technologies will increase the level of public support and secure high-quality jobs for Europeans.

The renewable gas sector alone can provide up to 2.4 million jobs within the EU by 2050. This number can be even higher if Europe scales up hydrogen production. These employment opportunities, together with jobs in gas reforming and carbon capture, would be diverse, non-seasonal and high-skilled.

The EU hydrogen strategy is a great opportunity to deliver Europe’s commitment to developing renewable and decarbonised gas. The launch of an alliance on clean hydrogen should be the catalyst for the needed investment in hydrogen technology and its manufacturing, which Europe leads on today.

The EU discussion should focus on all forms of decarbonised and renewable hydrogen. This is an opportunity to develop Europe’s own innovative manufacturing base in the technologies to decarbonise gas and wider economy, including: hydrogen ready turbines, engines, heating appliances, pyrolysis and methane reforming technologies along with fuel cells and electrolysers.

Europe is home to leading manufacturers of anaerobic digestors that produce biogas. When upgraded to biomethane, it can be injected into the grid and provide renewable gas to any end-user connected to the grid. By-products from biogas production displace chemical fertilisers and biogas can help to improve soil quality and productivity through intermediate and cover crops.

Biogas production has many benefits that go far beyond the energy sector. It helps Member States meet non-ETS targets, supports jobs and growth in rural areas, as well as contributes to more sustainable farming and waste recovery.

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