Press release: Towards a European biomethane market – BIOSURF EU project presents its final results
Brussels, 28 November – The final conference of BIOSURF and Bin2Grid, two EU-funded projects aimed at increasing the production and use of biomethane in Europe, took place on 24 November in Brussels. Speakers from both initiatives presented their main achievements from the last three years.
The projects have promoted the collection of waste materials and the development of grid injection of biomethane in order to create an “embryonic” European biomethane market and encourage its use as a transport fuel. Stefano Proietti from ISINNOVA, coordinator of the BIOSURF project, and Attila Kovacs from the European Biogas Association (EBA), presented the actions taken to kick-start a cross-border trade of biomethane within European countries.
To achieve this goal, BIOSURF produced comprehensive guidelines to establish national biomethane registries, together with the establishment of the European Renewable Gas Registry (ERGaR) to foster cooperation among biomethane national registries. ERGaR will continue its activities beyond the end of the project, aiming to become the Europe-wide recognised organisation for administering mass balancing volumes of biomethane virtually distributed along the European natural gas network.
Lorenzo Maggioni from Consorzio Italiano Biogas (CIB) showcased the creation of an embryonic European biomethane market, providing the example of Italian, Austrian and French partners of BIOSURF that signed a Memorandum of Understanding aimed at defining conditions and rules to exchange biomethane Guarantees of Origin. This initiative is a first step for the exchange of biomethane between different Member States, and should be replicated in other countries to further develop the biomethane market.
The conference was closed with a series of policy recommendations, followed by a panel discussion of experts. Jan Stambasky, President of EBA, highlighted the need to recognise the domestic natural gas network of each Member State as a single logistical facility as well as the necessity for each European country to create a national biomethane registry, and stressed that preferential access to the natural gas grid should be provided to biomethane in every Member State.
The panel confirmed the great potential of biomethane in decarbonising Europe and reducing energy imports, and foresees an increase in production and usage in transport and heating and cooling thanks to a growing generation stemming from the power-to-methane technology. Project’s representatives agreed that further action is required to take full advantage of this positive trend, hence intending to pave the way for a future project.
- 1. Thomas Schleker – European Commission – Support of bioenergy in Horizon 2020
- 2. Stefano Proietti – ISINNOVA – Introduction of BIOSURF
- 3. Bojan Ribic – ZCH – Introduction of BIN2GRID
- 4. Jean-Benoît Bel – ACR+ – Feasibility study on anaerobic digestion in several EU cities
- 5. Jan Stambasky – EBA – European overview and country review / Policy recommendations
- 6. Aurore Medieu – ORDIF – Sustainable waste management in FAB industry
- 7. Attila Kovacs – EBA – ERGaR: The European Biomethane Registry
- 8. Arthur Wellinger – EBA – CEN Standard: Biomethane Injection and vehicle fuel
- 9. Diego Piedra Garcia – FNR – Sustainable Raw Material Supply
- 10. Stefan Majer – DBFZ – Carbon footprinting for biomethane in the context of the EU RED and the ETS
- 11. Tomislav Pukšec – FSB – Establishing biomethane projects in Bin2Grid cities
- 12. Philipp Novakovits – GET – Concept of biomethane utilization
- 13. Dominik Rutz – WIP – Biowaste: treatment options and policies
- 14. Lorenzo Maggioni – CIB – Development of an embryonic biomethane market for Europe