Floris van Foreest

Floris van Foreest is an experienced consultant in the field of power and gas market analysis, scenario development and sustainability. Earlier in his career he held various roles in multinational companies. Floris is a Research Associate of the OIES Natural Gas Research Programme whose research is focused on the role of gas in the energy transition. He studied Business Administration and Political Science at the University of Groningen and Amsterdam.

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In studies and discussions of future energy sources the term gas tends to be synonymous with ‘natural gas’ with its attendant issues of upstream exploration and production dynamics, geo-politics and the ubiquitous speculation around shale gas.  Biogas is frequently neglected in such a context, despite its potential to contribute to de-carbonisation, in some applications using existing transmission networks.

Floris van Foreest describes the present and future conversion processes in which biomass is converted to biogas, the scale and growth of biogas production in individual European countries and the outlook to 2020 and beyond.  The technical and economic challenges facing biogas production, its end-use applications and the regulatory and supporting subsidy schemes in force are discussed.

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                    [post_content] => A commonly heard view from European gas stakeholders is that low carbon supply sources – renewables, nuclear power and coal with carbon capture and storage – on the scale necessary to achieve carbon reduction targets over the next decade will be unrealistically expensive, and that gas will inevitably become the “default” choice for future power generation. Floris van Foreest’s study challenges this assumption and asks whether natural gas needs a decarbonisation strategy, and what such a strategy might look like in terms of: carbon capture and storage, “renewable gas” and back-up for intermittent renewable energy. It specifically asks whether the natural gas industry can expect to prosper in a low carbon economy without making any specific decarbonisation commitments. With virtually all national, EU and NGO/academic energy roadmaps and scenarios projecting a declining share for gas in European energy balances, the industry needs to carefully examine both its assumptions and investments in relation to the carbon footprint of natural gas.
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Floris van Foreest describes the present and future conversion processes in which biomass is converted to biogas, the scale and growth of biogas production in individual European countries and the outlook to 2020 and beyond.  The technical and economic challenges facing biogas production, its end-use applications and the regulatory and supporting subsidy schemes in force are discussed.

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