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The chosen energy source of 50,000 Geneva residents

In 2011, natural gas was the energy of choice for over half of Geneva citizens, communities and industries. It is the ideal transition energy for heat solutions (central heating, cooking, producing domestic hot water, industrial usages) but also for electricity and mobility.

Natural gas has witnessed a growth of around 2% per year thanks to newly installed gas pipelines in the region.


An essential energy source in households, industry, applied arts and crafts, communities and transport…. from individual boilers to district heating for a whole area of a city, from hot water to cooking appliances, heat and power plants, producing electricity and thermal energy for industrial furnaces, from air conditioning to freezing…right through to gas used as a fuel, natural gas has multiple uses.


Safe, practical, economical: it’s the most environmentally friendly fossil fuel.







A fossil fuel energy source formed over millions of years

Natural gas is created from decomposing fossil remains and organic matter that has been covered in rock and soil and solidified over time. Intense pressure and high temperatures deep within the earth create seepage of oil and petrol, and this is how natural gas occurs. Natural gas is also found within the earth’s crust, which, at very deep levels, contains enormous quantities of non-fossil methane that dates back to when the earth was first formed.

Sufficient gas reserves if consumption remains stable

The presence of natural gas reserves, which have been confirmed by drilling, could see us through the next 60 years (compared to just 40 years for oil), and for around 150 years if we combine this with other potential energy sources yet to be discovered.

A European transport network for natural gas of over 150,000 km

Since the sixties, gas companies in Western Europe have transported gas via pipelines, or in liquid form carried in (methane) tankers that travel to specially equipped liquefied natural gas terminals. Transporting natural gas does not harm the environment; because gas pipelines are underground, no road or rail transportation is required.

High-pressure storage at 1,500 metres below ground or in aquifers

Natural gas does not pollute water. Volumes of up to 300,000m3 are stored in natural environments. This means that we can draw on very high levels of gas during severe cold weather snaps, and quickly respond to fluctuations in demand.