G20 nations offer gas a boost in Hamburg

Heads of state at the G20 summit in Germany have said gas is essential in the transition to renewable energy
By Annemarie Botzki 10 July 2017
World leaders at the G20 summit in Germany. (PA)

The G20 has highlighted natural gas as the one fossil fuel that will provide the flexibility needed for the integration of renewable energy.

Topics discussed at last week’s G20 meeting in Hamburg included the introduction of further regional – and potentially a global – carbon pricing mechanisms. Such policies are expected to benefit gas over coal, its more polluting competitor.

But although Germany has been pushing for a global price on carbon to help meet climate targets and create a level playing field, it was unable to...

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