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The aim of the new Regulation and Directive on the internal gas and hydrogen market is to replace natural gas with CO2-free or low-CO2 gases and hydrogen, while at the same time implementing a market-based system for gases and hydrogen. From AK’s point of view, hydrogen and alternative gases should only be used in those sectors that otherwise lack decarbonisation options. It is paramount to avoid any lock-in effects into fossil natural gas supply. Hence, a detailed plan for phasing out fossil natural gas should be established.

 

In this position paper, AK welcomes the stronger focus on energy poverty and the strengthening of consumer rights within the framework of the Commission's proposals. To address energy poverty in the longer term, AK calls for the establishment of Energy and Climate Aid Funds at Member States level.

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