Gas is essential to our economy  and modern lifestyles. In the future, gas will continue to be essential as Australia makes the transformation to a cleaner energy future.

Gas Vision 2050 was developed by Australia’s peak gas industry bodies. It demonstrates how gas can continue to provide Australians with reliable and affordable energy in a low-carbon energy future.

Whether it’s for hot water, domestic heating, or gas-fired cooking, gas plays a central role in the lives of more than 6.5 million Australian households. Today, gas delivers 44 per cent of Australia’s household energy but only 13 per cent of household greenhouse gas emissions. Gas provides nearly a quarter of Australia’s total energy supply. Gas also plays an important role in our economy with approximately 130,000 commercial businesses relying on gas. Major industries use gas for energy and as a feedstock for manufacturing products such as plastics, chemicals and fertilisers. Figures collated by Deloitte demonstrate that gas underpins a variety of local industries. It estimates that half of the gas consumed in Australia is used in manufacturing and mining industries that contribute $196 billion to the national economy employing 949,000 Australians.

Australia’s journey towards decarbonisation will present many opportunities.

In October 2019, APGA joined Energy Networks Australia to launch Gas Vision 2050: Hydrogen Innovation – Delivering on the Vision.

This new publication outlines the research projects now under way in Australia examining the potential of renewable hydrogen for energy.

Producing renewable hydrogen is already being demonstrated in Canberra and Perth, and by early-2020, two more projects – in Adelaide and western Sydney – will come online. Across these projects, more than 2 MW of hydrogen production capacity will be installed that can deliver renewable hydrogen.

The latest report from Gas Vision 2050 outlines innovations in the gas industry that are progressing towards a decarbonised network. Download a copy of Gas Vision 2050: Hydrogen Innovation – Delivering on the Vision from the resources below.

Tranformational technologies

The gas sector is well-placed to provide reliable and secure energy and cost-effective carbon reductions by 2050 across the entire economy, from power generation, industry, transport and within the home. These opportunities will require deployment of three key transformational technologies:

  • biogas production
  • carbon capture and storage
  • hydrogen.

The Australian energy sector is undergoing a major transformation. One of the major drivers for this transformation is the decarbonisation of the energy sector in line with the COP21 Paris agreement. This agreement seeks to reach global peak emissions as soon as possible and achieve net-zero emissions in the second half of this century so as to limit global warming to 2°C. Australia has committed to this agreement and has a 2030 emission target of 26 to 28 per cent below 2005 levels. Achieving these emission reductions will require major changes to the energy system that will include how energy is used in households and by industry, as well as to the energy mix for power generation. This needs to be carefully managed to ensure an optimum solution is implemented that balances environmental outcomes (clean), energy security (reliable) and costs (affordable), a challenge that is known as the energy trilemma. Gas is already a cleaner energy source than grid-sourced electricity. Beyond 2030, additional effort will be required to ensure  the emission intensity of gas continues to reduce in line with international carbon abatement goals.

Download Gas Vision 2050 via the resources below.

Gas Vision 2050 promotion pack

APGA has created a promotion pack for members to help increase awareness of its versatility and the future of gas in the nation’s energy mix.

The pack includes an email signature block promotion tag, the website logo above, a pdf of the Gas Vision 2050 document, and some text content to help give context. Email APGA for your pack.