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Natural gas is an important part of our energy mix. We use it in homes and businesses to heat our buildings, heat water and to cook. It is also used by many large industries and to generate electricity. Because gas is so reliable, we often don’t realise the important role it plays in our energy mix.
Natural gas is already an important transitional energy as we move from coal based energy to a low emissions energy future. But our gas network has a critical long term role to play, delivering renewable gas to millions of homes and businesses across Australia, with the same reliability and convenience as natural gas does today.
Australia has committed to reducing carbon dioxide emissions to between 26% and 28% below 2005 levels by 2030. To meet these carbon reduction targets, we must decarbonise the gas, electricity and transport sectors.
Blending or even substituting natural gas with renewable gases such as hydrogen or biomethane can decarbonise the gas sector and will also help achieve carbon reductions for the lowest cost, using the same reliable infrastructure we use today – the gas networks. It also means customers retain the choice of energy supply, and those industries relying on gas as an input can continue to access it.
Just like natural gas, Renewable Gas will be delivered to your home with the same exceptional reliability and safety record as the natural gas network, but when used for heating and cooking there are zero greenhouse gas emissions.
Just like natural gas does, renewable gas will power the gas appliances that give you
It is likely that hydrogen can be safely added to natural gas supplies at 10% by volume without changes to pipelines, appliances or regulations. AGN is researching this area with key industry and academic partners through the Future Fuels Cooperative Research Centre. Over time, and with modifications to the existing gas networks and appliances, hydrogen can completely replace natural gas for domestic cooking, heating and hot water.
For most businesses, there will be no noticeable change when renewable gas is initially blended with natural gas. For our larger industrial users, AGN is researching possible impact that any differences in heating value may have on industrial processes.
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