New submission of the ERGaR Voluntary Scheme to the European Commission
The European Renewable Gas Registry members have presented a new submission of the application of the ERGaR RED Voluntary Scheme to the European Commission to be recognized as a voluntary scheme under the Renewable Energy Directive 2009/28/EC.
The European Renewable Gas Registry is based on the cooperation with national biogas/biomethane/renewable gas registries. In September 2018, ERGaR celebrated its second anniversary. The association has grown significantly and now counts with 22 members in 12 European countries. ERGaR is gaining increasing influence in the European gas industry, becoming a key reference in the discussion with the European Commission.
ERGaR built on its national renewable gas registries’ expertise to establish an independent, transparent and trustworthy documentation scheme for cross border transfer and mass balancing of renewable gas injected into the European natural gas network. ERGaR will support the establishment of such registries in every European country and will work towards incorporating all national registries into the scheme.
Over the course of the year 2018, ERGaR members have continued the ERGaR RED voluntary scheme which is designed for the cross-border transfer of Proofs of Origins (PoOs) covering consignments which are qualified as sustainable biofuel according to the RED.
The ERGaR RED scheme was first submitted in December 2017 to the European Commission to seek recognition as a voluntary scheme under the Renewable Energy Directive 2009/28/EC. Negotiations with the European Commission (and Ecofys/Navigant as per request by the Commission) were ongoing over the year, always on a very constructive and positive level, which allowed the resubmission, including a more detailed description of the scheme by the end of 2018.
The re‑submission represents a critical milestone, bringing one step closer the goal of establishing a single European biomethane market thanks to an administrative system designed to facilitate cross-border transactions of renewable gasses.