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Natural gas: what role can it play in the UK future?

16 February, 2016 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm


Claire Carter a PhD student at SPRU, University of Sussex and member of the Sussex Energy Group last year completed a research scholarship at the Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology. The research output “Future of Natural Gas in the UK” POSTnote was published in November 2015. This briefing considers potential future pathways for the sourcing and use of natural gas in the UK. Claire will be visiting to present her research at the seminar.

This event is hosted by the Sustainable Gas Institute.

Some of the key findings include:

  • UK now relies on imports for almost half natural gas demand.
  • UK government intends to boost domestic gas production in order to limit falls in gas related jobs, investment and tax receipts.
  • Meeting climate change targets internationally means that some gas reserves (somewhere) will need to remain in the ground. This raises questions about exploitation of new UK gas reserves.
  • Switching from coal (or oil) to gas consumption to meet electricity, heating and transport needs can lead to some emissions savings but these are short-term.
  • Installation of gas using devices could create barriers to reducing emissions longer term
  • Long-term gas use mostly depends on carbon capture and storage technology or biogas.

The POSTnote can be found online:


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