Today, gas is essential to our economy and modern lifestyles. In the future, gas will continue to be essential as Australia makes the transformation to a cleaner energy future.
Whether it’s for hot water, domestic heating, or gas-fired cooking, gas plays a central role in the lives of over 6.5 million Australian households. Today, gas delivers 44% of Australia’s household energy but only 13% of household greenhouse gas emissions.
Gas provides nearly a quarter of Australia’s total energy supply. Gas also plays an important role in our economy with approximately 130,000 commercial businesses relying on gas. Major industries use gas for energy and as a feedstock for manufacturing products such as plastics, chemicals and fertilisers. Figures collated by Deloitte demonstrate that gas underpins a variety of local industries. It estimates that half of the gas consumed in Australia is used in manufacturing and mining industries that contribute $196 billion to the national economy employing 949,000 Australians.
Our vision is for Australia to turn its gas resources into products and services that will enhance national prosperity while achieving carbon neutrality.
Gas has an essential role to play in reducing emissions. In the home, gas is a cleaner fuel than electricity from the grid. Fuel switching from coal to gas offers the most immediate and risk-free option to cut emissions from the electricity generation sector. Jacobs foresees at least a tripling of gas-fired generation as part of its least cost path to achieving our nation’s 2030 emissions target.
This Gas 2050 Vision report is the next step in our gas journey. It reflects the ambitions of key organisations which represent Australia’s gas sector. It shows that gaseous fuels have a pivotal role to play in Australia’s low carbon future to 2050 and beyond. Our plan is for this Vision to be refined and further developed as the role of gas in Australia’s energy mix continues to evolve.
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- Decarbonising Victorian gas consumption, Australian Gas Infrastructure Group
- Decarbonising Australia’s gas networks, Summary report, Energy Networks Australia, APGA, GAMAA, December 2017
- Decarbonising Australia’s gas distribution networks, Deloitte, November 2017
- Identifying the commercial, technical and regulatory issues for injecting renewable gas in Australian distribution gas networks, Research Report, Energy Pipelines CRC, July 2017
- Status of production and injection of renewable / low GHG emission gas, Status Report, Energy Pipelines CRC, July 2017
- A report on the injection of hydrogen and biogas into gas distribution networks*, May 2019
*The Report was prepared by Johnson Winter & Slattery (“JWS”) for Energy Networks Australia and its members. If a non-member wishes to rely on the report, they should obtain consent from JWS. The Report was prepared as at 16 February 2018 on the basis described in the Introduction to the Report.*