Gas key to addressing climate change, executive says

Natural gas must continue to be a major fuel in Germany's energy mix if climate change is to be addressed successfully, said Burckhard Bergmann, chairman of E.On Ruhrgas.

Uchenna Izundu
International Editor

LONDON, Dec. 3 -- Natural gas must continue to be a major fuel in Germany's energy mix if climate change is to be addressed successfully, said Burckhard Bergmann, chairman of E.On Ruhrgas.

It is not enough to focus only on renewable energy to reduce carbon emissions, Bergmann said. Energy efficiency and cost input are also necessary. "A policy 'away from gas' will lead into a blind alley in energy policy," he said. "If the climate benefits of natural gas are not used, people will be buried by an avalanche of costs."

Investment in technology and the promotion of renewable energy must both be reflected in relevant legislation, Bergmann added.

E.On Ruhrgas has launched Erdgas.On, which will focus on technologies that are environmentally friendly for the gas market. It also will develop the biogas market on a commercial scale and introduce the renewable as a motor fuel.

Contact Uchenna Izundu at uchennai@pennwell.com.

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