Progress on biomethane cross-border trade – meeting the gas industry

In the framework of Task 3 of the BIOSURF project covering the complex topic of cross-border biomethane trade a small-circle meeting was held in Brussels on the 4th September with the participation of representatives of natural gas and biogas organisation.

The meeting gathered around the table respresemtatives from

  • Gas Infrastructure EUROPE (GIE), European Network of Transmission System Operators – Gas (ENTSOG)
  • Eurogas (representing the European gas wholesale, retail and distribution sectors)
  • GEODE (the voice of local energy distributors across Europe)
  • DENA – operator of the German Biomethane Registry
  • AGCS – operator of the Austrian Biomethane Registry
  • Green Gas Certification Scheme of UK
  • European Renewable Energies Federation (EREF)
  • European Biogas Association (EBA).

The meeting was dedicated to the technical and administrative pre-conditions for cross-border biomethane trade by means of the European natural gas network and was focused on the issue of biomethane mass balancing in the European natural gas network for cross-border trade. The active, open exchange of views among the participants served the purpose of understanding each other’s concerns, approaches, positions and coming to mutually acceptable technical and administrative solutions. The participants concluded that biomethane cross-border trade is feasible under current legal framework and only certain technical and legal aspects need to be addressed and interpreted.