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24.01.2018

Companies recommend energy transition with gasAn open letter to German politicians from the natural gas industry: Natural gas can help reduce CO2 emissions significantly, quickly and affordably

Pipeline gas energy transition Wintershall

Berlin, Germany. A key challenge in the energy transition in Germany still remains unchanged: The level of CO2 emissions in Germany has essentially not fallen since 2009. And that’s despite that fact that reducing greenhouse gas emissions effectively, cost-efficiently and in a technology-neutral manner is supposed to be the central pillar of the energy transition. It’s important for climate protection that emissions are reduced as much as possible and as quickly as possible. Numerous companies such as Wintershall, Siemens, Statoil and Gascade have detailed in an open letter the major role that natural gas and its infrastructures can play here. In the run-up to the forthcoming coalition negotiations, they have appealed to political decision-makers at federal level.

An overview of the most important recommendations:

  • Reducing greenhouse gases in all sectors is reliant on the use of natural gas and the corresponding infrastructure.
  • The use of the gas infrastructure is a particularly cost-efficient option for sector coupling and increases the public’s acceptance of the energy transition.
  • In the electricity sector, gas-fired power plants are best placed to provide power reliably, flexibly and with low CO2 emissions.
  • A successful heating transition should rely on cost-efficient, technology-neutral subsidy programs and investment security for heating networks.
  • Natural gas, along with e-mobility, is already contributing toward a sustainable transport transition. All concepts that effectively help reduce CO2 emissions in the transport sector should be recognized and be allowed to deliver their full benefits in a technology-neutral regulatory environment.
  • In the industrial sector it is important to put in place a suitable energy policy framework in order to combat the risk of industrial processes being moved abroad and to not jeopardize the competitiveness of industry.




Wintershall Holding GmbH, based in Kassel, Germany, is a wholly owned subsidiary of BASF in Ludwigshafen. The company has been active in the extraction of natural resources for 120 years, and in the exploration and production of crude oil and natural gas for over 85 years. Wintershall focuses on selected core regions where the company has built up a high level of regional and technological expertise. These are Europe, Russia, North Africa, South America, and increasingly the Middle East region. The company wants to expand its business further with exploration and production, selected partnerships, innovation and technological competence. Wintershall employs about 2,000 staff worldwide from 50 nations and is now Germany’s largest, internationally active crude oil and natural gas producer.

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