Speaking up for gas
The continuous exchange with stakeholders from the worlds of politics, business, science and society is an integral part of VNG’s corporate activities. For example, at congresses or in negotiations on the 2030 climate protection programme: With our specialist knowledge, we participate in all important industry dialogues and political discussions relating to the energy system. As recognised gas specialists, we want to show what contribution our energy source can or even must make in order to achieve the desired CO2-free future side by side with energy from the wind and sun. One focus of our communication is climate-neutral gases. This is because they are able to reconcile the three central energy policy demands: security of supply, climate protection and affordability.
"We will not cease to speak up."
Mr Heitmüller, to what extent is gas accepted as an energy source today?
Ulf Heitmüller: My impression is that the importance of gas is well received by the public. This is thanks to the ongoing commitment in politics, business and society. Nevertheless, it is important to create further incentives and more investment security.
What are the main findings of the last industry dialogues?
Heitmüller: The consensus of experts is now that gas and the associated infrastructure are essential for a future-proof energy supply. Since there is still a lot of need for action, we will not cease to speak up for gas in Brussels and Berlin and in various initiatives and bodies.
Why is gas so important for climate protection in the future?
Heitmüller: Ultimately, it is about combining security of supply, competitiveness and climate protection. Comprehensive electrification alone is not enough. But it is definitely not helpful to play off renewable and conventional forms of energy against one another. On the contrary: When it comes to sector coupling, we see gas as a partner for renewable energies. In the future, both will make their contribution exactly where it is needed.