This TYNDP process has been delivered to you in a changing and important context for the role of gas in the European energy sector. The tasks for the infrastructure operators include as major focus areas not only security of supply and market integration but also the sustainability agenda.
The European gas infrastructure has seen decades of development and the existing international gas system already ensures a high level of market integration across most of Europe. The gas transmission infrastructure, LNG terminals and gas storages provide safe, reliable and affordable low carbon energy to European citizens. Furthermore, the gas infrastructure offers exceptional and cost-efficient opportunities for the EU to develop intermittent renewables and decarbonised gases on a large scale, to meet EU climate and energy goals.
TYNDP 2020 concludes that almost all gas infrastructure gaps can be addressed in the next five years by projects already initiated, including supply route disruptions. These investments will be mostly commissioned before 2025 and will bring affordable, diversified and competitive supplies of gas, increasingly decarbonised over time. However, it should be noted that in specific areas, further development of the infrastructure is still required. It is particularly important for those areas in the context of evolving Member States decisions on their energy mix and to embrace the decarbonisation agenda.
ENTSOG has undertaken significant changes to further improve the TYNDP, to meet stakeholders’ feedback and to better interlink it with the electricity system. ENTSOG has worked on holistic scenarios, considering the full European energy system, built in cooperation with ENTSO-E to represent differentiated paths towards achieving the EU decarbonisation targets. For the first time in TYNDP 2020, ENTSOG has developed COP21 compliant scenarios, building on a carbon budget approach to reach Net-Zero 2050. Additionally, a national policy scenario, National Trends, was built to reflect the respective Member States’ National Energy and Climate Plans (NECPs).
The Hybrid Energy Infrastructure, building on both electricity and gas systems as the cross-border energy carriers, will enable delivery of more efficient, resilient, sustainable, and cheaper decarbonisation of the European energy sector. The joint effort of ENTSOG and stakeholders contributing to this TYNDP, shows the aim of the European energy players to work closely together to meet EU climate goals.