Is natural gas a renewable energy source?

Present in many Luxembourgish households, is natural gas a renewable energy? From bio gas to climate neutral: our feature.

Used for heating,  hot water and cooking, natural gas is present in many Luxembourg households. Can this energy source be ecological? What is bio gas? What does the term climate neutral mean? We tell you everything!

What is natural gas?

Natural gas is a fossil fuel, mainly composed of methane. It is formed by the decomposition of various organic materials, some of which are millions of years old, and is extracted directly from the ground. Once purified, natural gas is transported to its place of consumption. Natural gas has many advantages for consumers. Its cost is competitive with other energy sources. Whether it is used for heating, domestic hot water production or cooking, it is comfortable and efficient. Natural gas is also practical because it is available continuously and does not require any particular intervention, apart from regular maintenance of the installation by a professional.

Is natural gas environmentally friendly?

Natural gas has another advantage: it is the least polluting fossil fuel.

Its combustion mainly releases water vapour and CO2. Natural gas produces 25% less carbon dioxide than fuel oil and 50% less than coal. It emits almost no fine particles.

In addition to its physical and chemical characteristics, natural gas has other advantages for the environment. The latest models of condensing boilers have very high levels of energy performance. These appliances, which run on natural gas, make it possible to achieve significant energy savings and therefore limit greenhouse gas emissions.

At home, your natural gas condensing boiler can be coupled with thermal solar collectors or a heat pump. By using the inexhaustible energy of the sun or geothermal energy, you reduce your carbon footprint.

What is green gas?

Green gas is a renewable gas. It is produced from the fermentation of organic matter from various sources: green waste, household waste, sludge from wastewater treatment, waste from the food industry, animal waste from farms and crop residues.

The waste is recovered through a natural biological process: methanisation. The waste is mixed and heated (to 38° and without oxygen). Bacteria then transform the organic matter into biogas and natural fertiliser (digestate, used to fertilise crops).

Once cleaned of impurities, the biogas becomes biomethane. It has the same qualities as natural gas and can be injected into the distribution network for use in the same way as natural gas (heating, domestic hot water, cooking). Biomethane is also used as a biofuel.
Would you like to use green gas in your home? Ask your energy supplier for more information. There are 100% renewable green gas offers.

Enovos offers nova naturgas. Nova naturgas is a high-quality organic natural gas produced in Luxembourg and in Europe. Its renewable origins are certified by an independent institute and are attested by the TÜV certificate.

By subscribing to the Enovos green gas offer, you are participating in the energy transition. You encourage the local production of renewable energy and reduce your greenhouse gas emissions. At the same time, you support the recovery of waste and the creation of jobs that cannot be relocated. A real virtuous circle!

What is climate neutral natural gas?

The energy supplier Enovos also offers Luxembourg households the naturgas package. Certified by an independent institute, this natural gas is completely climate neutral. But what does this mean?

A natural gas is climate neutral when its CO2 emissions linked to its combustion are offset by carbon offset certificates. These are obtained in exchange for the financing of climate protection projects.

The development of wind energy or the installation of photovoltaic solar panels are examples of projects that help to reduce the carbon footprint.

Enovos is involved in promoting renewable energy projects in Nicaragua, India, Taiwan and Senegal. These actions limit greenhouse gases, protect biodiversity and also benefit entire families in terms of education and employment.

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