This was originally posted at MyGridGB. Part 2, titled “The inarguably perverse outcome of environmental opposition to UK onshore gas” will be up there shortly.
Although the concept of a dynamic level of carbon intensity in electricity is well known to readers of My Grid, natural gas has been left out of the equation, much the same as natural gas has been lumped, excuse the pun, alongside coal and oil as ‘just another fossil fuel’.
Natural gas has a wide range of Carbon Intensity (CI) even within the UK gas grid. The second part of this post will demonstrate how significant that is and how onshore natural gas in the UK is not a threat to emissions but the opposite: A way forward to decarbonise, as much as possible, UK natural gas supply. But first, we have to talk about gas in general and try to understand the antipathy some UK greens have against it.
Firstly as this chart from the International Energy Agency shows, natural gas is responsible for less than 20% of world carbon emissions from energy combustion. Natural gas is not perfect. But it’s not perfectly evil either.