The goal of climate neutrality is neither achievable for individual companies nor entire states in a single step. With regard to heat generation in particular, renewable energies are not yet in a position to fully replace fossil fuels in the short term. Replacing coal with natural gas is therefore a sensible intermediate step because it can roughly halve greenhouse gas emissions compared to coal in the short term and therefore significantly reduces carbon emissions.
This is especially the case when indirect emissions generated by mining and transport are taken into account. That’s because the fuel switch also avoids indirect emissions associated with coal mining and transport, such as emissions of mine gas, which has a high methane content. The nice thing is that a natural gas power plant does not stand in the way of the ongoing journey toward climate neutrality. The gas turbines used are very flexible and can be converted to burn “green gases” in the future, including hydrogen, which is produced by means of electrolysis using electricity from renewable energy sources..
Accordingly, the switch to natural gas represents a bridge on the way to green gases, with which complete climate neutrality can then be achieved by 2035.