Green Gas Grids project: Proposal for a European Biomethane Roadmap

The Green Gas Grids Project under the leadership of EBA Board Member Attila Kovacs prepared a roadmap to draw attention to the unique possibilities offered by upgrading biogas to biomethane.

In this sense, key conditions for a dynamic growth of this industry were elaborated with the vision to reach 18-20 billion m3 of biomethane production by 2030.

This figure, which is estimated to represent about 3% of the European natural gas consumption and a minimum of 10% of the total gaseous vehicle fuel consumption by 2030, depends, however, on key actions that condition the realisation of the full biomethane potential. These key pre-conditions are as follows:

  • the national renewable energy support/incentive schemes should treat the “green gas” (biomethane) equally with “green electricity”;
  • the National Renewable Action Plans should be extended with a specific biomethane section to quantify the targets and determine the needed measures for achieving them;
  • imported biomethane (if properly certified) should receive equal treatment (same support/incentives) with domestic production;
  • national/domestic biomethane registries should be established in every biomethane producing country;
  • the national/domestic biomethane registries should develop a Europe-wide cooperation aimed at coordination and harmonisation of their activities;
  • the European natural gas network should be declared as a single, closed mass-balance unit.

The Roadmap addresses all the above issues along with other questions relevant to the development of the European biomethane sector and is available for download here.

GGG biomethane roadmap picture