Despite the expansion of renewable energies, Germany is still missing its climate protection targets by a wide margin under the present conditions. The VNG Group is convinced that these targets can only be reached in the short and medium term through the increased use of NATURAL GAS in all sectors. NATURAL GAS can do more. Thanks to its low carbon dioxide emissions and high efficiency, NATURAL GAS offers significant CO2 reduction potential in the heating, power generation and mobility sectors. In addition, secure supplies of NATURAL GAS are available and NATURAL GAS allows flexible control and high acceptance among consumers.


We are committed to reinforcing the role of NATURAL GAS with government and society as the motor of climate protection in the energy transition. In these efforts, we benefit from our experience gained in the first energy transition in the 1990s. At that time, NATURAL GAS was the key to a modern energy system with lower CO2 emissions in Eastern Germany. As a company which is actively shaping the second energy transition, we are firmly committed to NATURAL GAS, a fuel that can ensure fast and affordable climate protection. Of course, we want to grasp the opportunities offered by Germany’s route to a decarbonized energy system. Our gas network and storage facilities can become part of the core infrastructure of decarbonization. These facilities are outstandingly well-suited for transporting and storing renewable energies and delivering them to all sectors.

Natural gas can do more. We can too.


The VNG Group supports the climate protection goals of the Paris Agreement. We are convinced that decarbonization will be successful if it builds on tried and tested solutions, avoiding structural upheavals, fostering innovation, considering people and the reality of their lives and keeping the cost as low as possible. NATURAL GAS and gas infrastructure can play a key role in putting these principles into practice, because…

… NATURAL GAS is environmentally compatible

Thanks to its low CO2 emissions during combustion and its high efficiency, NATURAL GAS has an outstanding CO2 balance among the fossil fuels. Gas-fired power stations and gas heating systems are highly efficient and therefore environmentally compatible. In the future, natural gas will become greener and renewable through biomethane and gas from wind power.

… NATURAL GAS is economical and socially compatible

NATURAL GAS solutions offer environmental protection at low CO2 avoidance costs. They are highly efficient, cost-effective and allow fast and affordable climate protection. Short and medium-term climate protection targets can only be achieved with more NATURAL GAS in the heating, power generation and mobility sectors. This makes NATURAL GAS the ideal CO2 reduction factor and the climate protection motor of the energy transition.

… NATURAL GAS offers secure and flexible supplies

NATURAL GAS will remain available in the long term and can be purchased from diversified sources. The infrastructure now available for the production, transport, distribution and storage of natural gas can already be used for the energy transition. The flexibility provided by gas-fired power stations will provide back-up for power from renewable sources in the long term.

… NATURAL GAS enjoys very high acceptance

NATURAL GAS is very popular with consumers. Natural gas is the key fuel for private homes, with a share of about 50% in heating systems. In industry too, natural gas is an essential feedstock as well as a fuel for power generation.

The financial capacity of consumers and their willingness to pay for energy will play a significant role in the development of the energy transition. In addition, the competitiveness of Germany as an industrial location needs to be maintained and reinforced. Solutions that maintain an equilibrium between security of supplies, economics and environmental compatibility will therefore be essential.

… gas infrastructure is available for decarbonization

Gas networks and storage facilities are precious assets for the energy supplies of the future. On the way to decarbonization, the importance of gas from fossil sources will steadily decline as gases from renewable sources become increasingly important. The gas infrastructure already in place is available for the large-scale supply of carbon-neutral gas. Thanks to power-to-gas and the transport and storage of renewable gases, gas systems can become a key element in renewable energy infrastructure.

With the use of gas infrastructure, fewer power lines and storage facilities will be needed, reducing the cost to the economy. The acceptance of renewable energy among consumers will be increased as they will be able to continue the use of their tried and tested gas heating systems. Owners will then use carbon-neutral gas and will not be forced to change their heating systems over in order to use renewable energies.

… the VNG Group is a shaper of energy transitions

We already accomplished the first energy transition in the 1990s when natural gas was the key to a modern energy system with lower CO2 emissions in Eastern Germany. The VNG Group acted as a partner to the municipal utilities in shaping the Eastern German energy transition. Nowadays, the VNG Group wishes to grasp the opportunities offered by Germany’s route to a decarbonized energy system.

NATURAL GAS can do more. We can too. The VNG Group from Leipzig.