Ireland lags in EU race to wean itself off gas

Europe’s €210 billion RePowerEU plan aims to cut use by over 60 per cent by 2030, while Gas Networks Ireland projects a 15 per cent rise in same period

Employees work at a gas drilling rig at the Bovanenkovo gas field in the Yamal Peninsula, Russia. Picture: Getty

Landmark EU plans to reduce fossil gas use in Europe by over 60 per cent in the next decade are completely out of step with Irish projections, which estimate a 15 per cent increase in gas use over the same period, the Business Post can reveal.

The European Commission published its detailed €210 billion RePowerEU plan last week, which aims to reduce imports of Russian gas into Europe by two-thirds this year, and to get ...