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Balance sheet for the gas system in 2015

A significant contribution of natural and renewable gases to the energy transition.

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Despite the fact that 2015 was particularly warm, GRTgaz saw an 8.1% increase in gross gas consumption on its transmission network1 (a 3.4% increase when adjusted to consider the effect of the weather).

At a press conference, Thierry Trouvé, GRTgaz CEO, stated.
"In 2015, the rise in the number of gas conversions and renewable solutions significantly contributed to the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions in France. GRTgaz intends to pursue its commitment to the energy transition process and to boost the appeal of the gas market..»

Large increase in the volume of gas consumed by gas-fired power plants (+161%)
The volume of gas consumed by industrial clients, which are connected to the network, rose by 10.8%, primarily thanks to an upturn in the generation of electricity from gas.  In 2015, despite the mild weather at the end of the year, GRTgaz saw a marked increase in demand from power plants due to favourable economic conditions. The consumption levels reached in 2015 exceeded those of 2014 and 2013 with all power plants in France in operation. GRTgaz estimates that the use of gas rather than coal by power plants meant that the emission of seven million tonnes of CO2 was avoided last year.

490,000 tonnes of CO2 avoided thanks to the development of uses of gas and biomethane
The emission of nearly an half a million tonnes of CO2 was avoided in 2015 thanks to the fuel oil-to-gas conversion connected to the GRTgaz network, the use of gas to power vehicles and the injection of biomethane. In comparison with other fossil energy sources, gas also permits a significant reduction in Sulphur oxides, Nitrogen oxides and particle emissions

1En 2014, les consommations brutes de gaz avaient baissé de 16,5% ; en 2013, une hausse de 1,4 % avait été enregistrée.