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Key benefits of natural gas

Secure, reliable, competitive and sustainable, natural gas is the sensible choice to reach Europe's energy goals today.

Natural gas in the EU

Natural gas is seen as an important part of the European Union's (EU) energy mix and will play a significant role in Europe in the future.

Economic impact

Europe could add between 400,000 and 800,000 jobs, potentially reaching 600,000 to 1.1 million by 2050.

Clean and efficient

Natural gas is produced by the breakdown of organic materials deep underground. It can help meet the demand for cleaner energy in many sectors, including the growing demand for power generation.

GHG life cycle emissions

Comparisons of life cycle greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions aim to calculate the emissions of greenhouse gases over the full life of energy resources, including all stages of fuel production and distribution (from direct emissions to significant indirect emissions such as emissions from land use changes).

Methane emissions

Emissions of naturally produced methane gas may occur following hydraulic fracturing and well completion during the "flowback" of the well when some methane, hydraulic fracturing fluids (primarily water) and formation water return to the surface immediately prior to the well being put into production.

Global supply

Globally, natural gas is playing an increasingly important role in fulfilling energy demand. Over the past 25 years, demand for natural gas has risen by approximately 85 per cent.

Gas infrastructure

Europe's potential to diversify its natural gas supplies is enabled by its established and growing infrastructure.

Resources for the future

Natural gas offers reliable, flexible power generation with significantly reduced CO2 emissions at a competitive price, making it a long-term solution to Europe's future energy needs.