The ERIG Theses for the European Energy Future show a possible pathway to achieve international and European climate goals. The document presents a
holistic approach considering not only the energy sector itself, but also social acceptance and economic feasibility. Since the time and the CO2 budget are limited, the need arises for starting a realisticprocess immediately.

The main guiding principles to reach climate neutrality and a socially acceptable circular economy are:

  • Quality − suggestions for actions must be based on accountable research and realistic projectionsof possible developments
  • Completeness − time, existing infrastructure, and overall systemic effects must be primary considerations
  • Feasibility − Disruption must be minimised forsocial acceptance and feasibility

These guiding principles are considered and expressed in three theses for a successful energy transition:

  • Gas at the centre − gas is the key factor in achieving an integrated energy system of electron- and molecule-based energy carriers
  • Multi-gas not mono-gas − All types of energy gas should be considered and deployed on the market based on their GHG reduction potential
  • Gas is an R&D priority − R&D efforts for gas solutions must be intensified

Download ERIG-Theses:

Theses for the European energy future
(May 2021)