Energy & emissions

Green is not only the colour of hope – but also our future

We are not merely hoping for a green future, we are shaping it. We see ourselves as an important player in Germany’s energy transition and are convinced that green gases like hydrogen will be part of the energy mix of the future. That is why we are actively involved in numerous hydrogen projects. 

We make it possible to store green energy – including biogas.

Frank Scharwat, 
Senior Advisor for Customer Care and Capacities

Future projects of involving hydrogen, biogas and CO₂ transport need the right framework

OGE has the infrastructure to transport natural gas today and green gases in the future. We see three building blocks for achieving the international and German climate protection goals:

  • Avoidance of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions
  • Contribution to the energy transition
  • Climate-neutral handling of carbon emissions

Committed to the hydrogen economy

A Germany-wide and European hydrogen market needs a legal and regulatory framework. OGE is committed to ensuring that this framework is designed in such a way that the hydrogen economy can develop quickly.

National Hydrogen Strategy of the federal government

In 2023 the federal cabinet decided to update the National Hydrogen Strategy (Nationale Wasserstoffstrategie, NWS). The NWS consists of four action areas: availability/demand, infrastructure, applications, and framework conditions.

Hydrogen core network

Germany’s hydrogen core network is taking shape as the first stage of the future hydrogen  nfrastructure. With its initiative to amend the Energy Industry Act (EnWG), the German government  as laid the necessary foundations in terms of central regulation, antitrust and network planning, so  hat a scalable hydrogen core network can develop.

On 15 November 2023, FNB Gas e.V. submitted the draft application for the hydrogen core network to the BNetzA and the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Climate Action. This marks the next milestone in the realisation of the core network.

Our projects:

To achieve our goals for the ramp-up of hydrogen and other green gases, as well as the transport of CO2, we are participating in specific projects related to hydrogen infrastructure and research, biomethane and bio-LNG, and CO2 transport. 

  • Our hydrogen projects are part of the H2 core network.
  • We conduct research for the H2 future.
  • We get people qualified for the H2 future with the construction of the hydrogen training track, a training centre unlike any other in Europe.
  • And we will begin implementing the first H2 projects as early as 2023.
  • Import corridors for the transport of hydrogen to Germany are crucial. To diversify the import routes, we are developing projects with partners in all directions.
  • We support the climate-neutral handling of CO₂ with our own CO₂ transport infrastructure.

As soon as hydrogen flows through our pipelines, we will form an essential pillar in Europe's green energy system. But we don't want to wait for that future. We are already making our contribution to a sustainable energy system today.

Actively shaping the transition to climate neutrality in uncertain times

Emissions of greenhouse gases like CO2 are a factor in manmade climate change and must be reduced further. Germany has set itself the goal of becoming climate-neutral by 2045.

We aim to cause 45 percent fewer greenhouse gas emissions by 2025 compared to 2009 and to be climate-neutral by 2045.

“My job: Letting the future flow through our networks.

Eva-Maria Spreckelsen, Network Planning Advisor

In the Sustainability Report, chapter Ecology, you can read in detail what we are doing to achieve this and which goals we have reached in 2023.

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Sustainability Report 2023

Published 26 March 2024