Scaling up renewable gas production in Europe could create at least 600,000 direct jobs by 2050, according to a report by Navigant. The new Gas for Climate analysis shows that between 600,000 and 850,000 direct jobs could be created by 2050; 1.7 million to 2.4 million jobs in total.
Renewable and low-carbon gases, combined with ‘large quantities’ of renewable electricity, are vital to achieving a climate-neutral EU energy system, says the European Biogas Association. Production of renewable gases is already creating jobs, but according to the analysis, the renewable energy system will have major benefits in creating further employment opportunities. The report also suggests rural areas will benefit greatly from new employment opportunities, which are often scarce.
According to the Gas for Climate study published in March, fully decarbonising Europe at lowest costs requires 2,900 terawatt-hours of biomethane and green hydrogen. The study also showed that using this gas in existing gas infrastructure could lead to around €217 billion in annual societal cost savings compared to achieving climate neutrality without a role for gas.