Natural gas is up to 50 percent cleaner than other fossil fuels.
Compared to average emissions from coal-fired power plants, natural gas produced less than a third as much nitrogen oxides and 1 percent as much sulphur oxide.
Natural gas will continue to increase its share in the global energy mix, growing at 2 percent a year until 2020.
Compared to LNG, natural gas pipelines require less energy and emit fewer greenhouse gas emissions for distances up to 7,500 km.
Diversification of routes and gas sources to Europe might bring about more competitive prices. Compared to its leading trading partners, Europe is paying significantly more for gas.
Natural gas has an important role to play in decarbonisation of Europe’s energy systems - countries such as Canada have successfully reduced overall greenhouse gas emissions while increasing energy use, through inclusion of more natural gas in their energy mix.
In the last decades, technology for pipelines in general has dramatically improved and new pipelines pose a much lower risk than ever of leaks than those built in the past. Systems for detecting leaks have also greatly improved.
If a gas leak were to occur, there is little reason to think this is carcinogenic, in fact, research by the American Cancer Society, shows that cancer incidence rates are below the national average in the top-four oil and gas producing states.
Compared to production of energy or heat from coal or oil, natural gas does not only reduce greenhouse gas emissions – it hugely improves air quality, reducing smog and dangerous particulate matter with very real benefits for human health.