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8. 12. 201611:47

EUSDR Success Stories

Fourteen countries have combined efforts to tackle their shared challenges and better seize their joint opportunities. After five years od working together for sustainable and inclusive growth, their cooperation is achieving concrete results.

Liquefied gas fires up alternative energy market

Over the years, because of its enviromental, economic and safety benefits, liquefied natural gas (LNG) has become an increasingly important alternative to conventional fuels such as diesel, propane or heating oil.

The manifold andvanatges of LNG make it an attractive energy source for the European market. However, its successful ude requires a developed infrastructure, appropriate legislation and harmonised security standards. 

The LNG Masterplan for Rhine-Main-Danube was an ambitious three-year project aimed at facilitating the introduction of LNG as an alternativefuel and cargo for inland shipping. Twelve EU countries and Switzerland took part in the porject between January 2013 and December 2015.

Thus, the aim of the LNG Masterplan was to provide a framework for a common European strategy and cooperation between the different competent authorities and commercial actors in order to promote LNG as a fuel and cargo suitable for transportation. At the same time, the goal was to provide a cheaper supply to the end consumers along the River Danube. 

One of the LNG Masterplan’s objectives is for the inland ports located along the Rhine-Main-Danube axis to become key distribution centres for liquefied natural gas. Eventually, LNG should have easier access primarily to pioneers in the use of this alternative fuel, such as the public and heavy-duty transport sectors (including buses, rubbish collection trucks, city logistics) as well as the energy industry.



Fostering Energy Security In Danube Region

Energy is a central political and economic issue in the Danube Region. With its important supranational dimension, it has an impact on a range of sectors, thereby making it critical for the overall successful implementation of the Danube Strategy.

It is generally accepted that harmonisation of different energy policies is a prerequisite for realising an integrated regional market. A further goal is the integration of the energy markets in those Danube countries that are not in the European Union. The EU, through its projects in the Danube Region, supports the implementation of policies with the aim of increasing energy efficiency and promoting the use of renewable energy sources. 

All those in the region who are involved in decisionmaking and creating strategies for this field have at their disposal extensive, in-depth analyses of the energy market produced within the framework of several Danube Strategy projects. 

In particular, the gas crisis in January 2009 prompted stakeholders to quickly and effectively find solutions for the problems in the gas market to prevent similar shocks in the future and to create greater energy independence and security. The newly developed Danube Region gas market model illustrates how model simulations can be used to assess the impact of new infrastructure or infrastructure packages on regional gas market integration and for system-wide cost-benefit and security-of-supply analysis.