The gas network can play an important role in supporting the decarbonisation of electricity generation.
A pathway to decarbonise electricity by 2050
Electricity accounts for 18% (10.9Mt CO₂) of Ireland's total CO₂ emissions
By 2030, Ireland's target is for 70% of electricity generation from renewables
Emissions savings possible per annum by 2050 in the electricity sector using the gas network
How electricity is generated in Ireland (2017)
Gas accounted for over 50% of electricity generation in 2017
Why gas and the gas network provide a smart solution to decarbonising electricity.
Carbon Capture & Storage (CCS), combined with renewable gas, could offer net negative emissions in the future. This means it would be possible to take emissions out of the atmosphere.
Our vision to decarbonise electricity
Short to medium term
Support increased renewables
Use the large energy storage capacity and flexibility of natural gas power plants to enable a high level of intermittent renewable electricity on the grid.
Carbon Capture & Storage (CCS)
CCS is a proven technology which can be used together with natural gas power plants to provide clean electricity. It works by capturing up to 100% of the CO₂ from the exhaust stream of gas power plants. The CO₂ is then stored safely and securely underground in depleted gas fields. This means that the electricity grid can continue to benefit from the stability and flexibility of gas power generation without CO₂ emissions
Convert Moneypoint to natural gas
Moneypoint is Ireland’s largest power plant. It operates on coal, one of the heaviest carbon emitting fuels. Converting Moneypoint to natural gas would deliver significant and immediate emissions reductions.
Invest in CCS Solutions for Ireland
Investing in CCS solutions will ensure that the flexibility and security of gas fired power generation can be retained while eliminating CO₂ emissions. CCS will be key to a cost effective transformation for the power sector.
Gas and electricity can play complementary roles in decarbonising Ireland’s energy system. A joint approach to policy development and systems planning will maximise synergies for energy customers.
Investigate Power to Gas technology solutions
Power to gas provides a means to store renewable electricity by converting it to gas. Using Power to Gas could provide a way to store excess renewable energy and to ensure it is not wasted.
Read the full Vision 2050 report
Ireland's gas network has the potential to make a significant contribution to reducing Ireland's emissions. Read our vision for a net zero carbon gas network.