The Third Energy Package should ensure a sound climate for a market-based development of gas infrastructures. In this context the TEN-E Regulation aims at facilitating the delivery of key infrastructures.
New infrastructure projects may contribute to market integration through additional flexibility and diversification of gas supply sources or routes. As a result, both competition and security of supply should increase. It is therefore important that the European regulatory framework continue ensuring adequate support to infrastructure developments that will allow to meet current and future needs.
With regards to sustainability and renewable projects, nowadays there are supports and an adequate regulatory framework in place to promote renewable electricity projects. On the other hand, when referring to the TEN-E framework and the PCI process, there is a very limited room for projects and technologies enabling renewable and decarbonised gases. With regards to the gas PCI process there are no clear indications whether those projects could be eligible for the PCI label (Annex II). All technologies that contribute to the decarbonisation of the energy system, including those which enable renewable and decarbonised gases, should benefit from the same kind of treatment, assuring a level playing field between energy carriers (technology neutrality).