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Ending GreenGasGrids project calls for political support to develop European biomethane market


thursday, 27. March 2014

teaser gggAfter three years of intensive work, the European project GreenGasGrids (GGG) is coming to an end. Co-funded by the Intelligent Energy for Europe (IEE) programme, GGG’s aim is to support the upgrading of biogas to biomethane for injection into the natural gas grid and use for transportation, heat and electricity.

In its three year duration, the project organised several events and published numerous valuable deliverables, providing basis for fruitful discussions among decision makers and market players. All documents highlighting the project research and results can be found in the download section of the GGG website.

Recently, a ‘Proposal for a European Biomethane Roadmap’ has been issued by the initiative. The Roadmap focuses on the unique possibilities offered by upgrading biogas to biomethane and highlights the key conditions for dynamic growth of the biomethane industry. While preparing the Roadmap, all relevant objectives of the European Union related to renewable energy such as environmental and climate protection, sustainability requirements and the need to tackle ILUC (indirect land use change) have been taken into account. The conclusion of the analysis is that promoting the production and usage of biomethane is in full harmony with the short-, medium- and long-term energy and climate policies of the EU. The 230 biomethane upgrading plants in Europe are a clear starting signal for a wide and strong development for this decentralised ecological fuel.

The project partners reviewed the present market status and thoroughly looked at the obstacles hindering the broader production and application of biomethane. The Roadmap indicates, that - if the necessary actions will be taken - the level of biomethane production could reach 18-20 million m3, about 3% of the European natural gas consumption by 2030 and biomethane could provide min. 10% of total gaseous vehicle fuel consumption. Whether this scenario will become a reality is not a technical or raw material availability question, it is essentially the question of willingness, determination and consequent support by the political decision makers.
EU Biomethane production cut

Development of the European biogas industry between 2003 and 2010
(Source: EurObserVER Biogas Barometers)

On 11 March 2014, GGG furthermore held the European workshop on biomethane – markets, value chains and applications in Brussels, which also marked the final event of the GGG. Topics of the workshop were the promotion of biogas production, the upgrading to biomethane for injection into the gas grid and use in vehicles, as well as strategies for overcoming the impasse by bringing the key components of the biomethane chain into a joint initiative. Biomethane has great potential to help reaching the 40% reduction target in greenhouse gas emissions by 2030 and to consolidate energy security in Europe. This conclusion was drawn at the final workshop jointly organised by three EU projects – BIOMASTER, GreenGasGrids and Urban Biogas. All presentations given by the 13 project partners are available for download here.

About GreenGasGrids

80 big logoCo-funded by the European Commission’s IEE programme, the three-year GreenGasGrids project has the objective to boost the European biomethane market and support the upgrading of biogas to biomethane for injection into the natural gas grid. Biomethane can be used in the same efficient and versatile manner as natural gas: for transportation, heat and electricity. On both national and EU-level GGG’s activities focus upon the most pressing issues regarding biomethane market development: sustainability, technical standards, trade and policy targets.

The GreenGasGrids set-up combines high expertise and market experience within its consortium as well as wide-spread networks throughout relevant actors in the EU. NGVA Europe is actively contributing to the Working Package 2, Deliverable 2.3, which focuses on solving open issues of technical standards for biomethane.

Source: The GreenGasGrids Project: Boosting the European biomethane market, European Biogas Association, NGVA Europe

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