Oil Change International
About USD 640 billion of gas infrastructure is currently planned for Asia, much of which is slated to be built within a decade. If all of this is built, it will nearly double Asian gas power generation capacity along with gas import capacity via pipelines and LNG import terminals.
This impending buildout of new gas infrastructure poses one of the greatest threats to meeting the goals of the Paris Agreement. Instead of forming a bridge — as gas proponents claim — gas expansion builds a wall against the clean energy future we need.
Investing billions of dollars into gas power plants, pipelines, and LNG terminals risks locking in gas use and new carbon emissions at precisely the time that we need to start ramping them down. The technologies are available today to leapfrog gas straight to clean energy. But instead of forming a bridge to a clean energy future, the proposed expansion of gas use in Asia and elsewhere forms a wall against the clean energy future we need. We must stop building that wall and build the clean energy we need.