Klaus Schäfer is chairman of the Board of Management and CEO of Uniper. He previously served as a member of the Board of Management of E.ON SE
Schäfer spoke to EURACTIV.sk’s Senior Editor Pavol Szalai at the Eurogas Can gas spur energy transition in Central and Eastern Europe conference in Bratislava.
Will the new legislative package Clean Energy for All Europeans help gas pick up on the European energy market?
Eurogas welcomes the package in principle. As always, there are topics that need to be sharpened. There is a need to reflect adequately the role of gas and the individual sectors. I will give you one example. The package wants to talk about renewable energy, but in reality, it talks about renewable power. There is also renewable gas, which needs to be adequately reflected in the package. Look, for example, at transport.
Would you like to see the role of gas in transport reinforced in the view of the Commission?
Gas in transport is an important factor for decarbonisation. Renewable gas is also renewable energy. Therefore, it should be seen on the same level playing field as renewable power.
Regarding competitiveness, if I take out one element from the package – the Commission’s support for capacity markets – it is a positive trend. They did not do it in the past. At the same time, setting the threshold at 550 grammes CO2/kWh also effectively supports gas. Clearly, the emissions of gas are below the threshold.____________________________
In your speech, you asked politicians to say gas is an important part of Europe’s future energy mix. Is gas discriminated against compared to other fuels?