The incoming European Commission president Ursula von der Leyen is committed to establishing a European Green Deal in her first 100 days in office. A successful green deal will need to maximise climate mitigation, invest in modern and resilient European infrastructure and protect vulnerable consumers and taxpayers from undue costs. Adopting a new agenda on natural gas will be necessary to succeed, for three reasons: First, tackling natural gas emissions inside and outside Europe is crucial to combating climate change. Natural gas is the world’s fastest-growing fossil fuel and the only fossil fuel still growing in Europe. In Europe, if we are to achieve our climate targets, consumption of unabated natural gas must start dropping drastically and reach zero by mid-century. Globally, the expansion of gas supply needs to stop over the next decade.
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