Swedish Gas Association calls on the government to introduce an “expanded quota obligation”
The discussions on how to achieve the 2030 goal of creating a fossil fuel-independent vehicle fleet in Sweden have reached a new level. In May, the Swedish Gas Association, in collaboration with member companies and associations, submitted their response to the investigations. With regard to biofuels, the government was required to quickly move forward with a quota requirement based on CO2 certificates, which shall replace the previous proposal about volume-based quota.
The certificates-based system promotes a specific volume for each type of biofuel as to guarantee the achievement of a certain amount of CO2eq reduction. For instance, one certificate would stand for the reduction of 1 ton CO2eq in the transport sector. Following this logic, a quota of 1000 tons would be made of X GWh ethanol, Y GWh biogas from waste, Z GWh biogas from crops and so on.
The purpose of a system based on certificates is to grant biofuels with a larger reduction of CO2eq a higher value on the market compared to biofuels with a smaller reduction of CO2eq. Along this line, Swedish Gas Association called on the government to give the market a clear signal of biomethane’s importance and to establish thus the framework for a quick transition to the increased use of biomethane, as the most environmentally-friendly type of biofuel. Within this context, the actions undertaken by Swedish municipalities and regions were given as example. Trollhätten, for instance, committed to become fossil fuel free by 2030 with the goal to be the world-leading region in the electricity and biogas and Skåne region has come up with a roadmap for biogas.
Source: Swedish Gas Association (in Swedish)