Gas may not survive beyond 2030 – Helm

Gas has a medium-term future but will be outpaced by renewables in the long term, argues Dieter Helm in his new book
By Silvia Favasuli 27 June 2017
Dieter Helm believes the long term future of gas is in doubt. (Dieter Helm)

The gas industry does not have much time left, according to Dieter Helm, professor of energy policy at Oxford University. In his latest book, Burn Out: The endgame for fossil fuels, Helm argues that how long gas survives in the energy mix will depend on how fast renewable technologies develop. Gas will have a role to play in the next decade despite major changes such as decarbonisation and digitisation, but from 2030-2050 onwards its future is not secure. 

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