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IGU on natural gas in India

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The International Gas Union has issued a new report outlining the essential role of natural gas in global energy policy. The findings have significant implications for India, and its desire to tackle growing air quality issues in a sustainable and economical manner while meeting its commitments towards climate change.

Titled ‘Global Gas Markets supporting Growth and Sustainability’, the report builds on recent initiatives from the IGU examining a variety of issues including air quality. It follows a study published in November into the positive benefits on urban air following a switch from coal to natural gas, across four major European cities.

When used in place of higher-emitting coal and oil, gas can help reduce global greenhouse gas emissions and offer access to clean and affordable energy in both the developed and developing world. According to the IEA, gas is the only fossil fuel set to increase its share in the primary energy mix by 2040, even under the 2oC scenario.

Switching from coal to natural gas in power generation and industrial use can have a significant impact on urban air quality across India, particularly in cities such as New Delhi. Similar benefits can also be derived by the greater use of natural gas and LNG in the transport sector.

“Natural gas is the perfect solution to complement the use of renewable energy sources in power generation The global gas market is undergoing a period of rapid and promising transformation, with trade doubling between 2000 and 2015.” said David Carroll, President of the IGU.

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