Plan to Incentivise Development Welcomed by Biogas Industry

UK Consultation on Renewable Transport Fuel Includes Waste Derived Biomethane

The UK’s Department of Transport’s proposal to incentivise ‘development’ transport fuels through the Renewable Transport Fuel Obligation have been welcomed by the Green Gas Certification Scheme.

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The UK’s Department of Transport’s proposal to incentivise ‘development’ transport fuels through the Renewable Transport Fuel Obligation have been welcomed by the Green Gas Certification Scheme (GGCS).

The consultations on the proposals include sub-target for biomethane as an advanced, waste-derived renewable fuel.

GGCS is the organisation which tracks biomethane, or ‘green gas’, through the supply chain to provide certainty for those that buy it.

“Currently most biomethane is injected into the gas distribution network. It can then be taken out, where needed, and used for various purposes, including for transport,“ explained Virginia Graham, chief executive of the Green Gas Certification Scheme, commented.

“It makes an excellent, clean vehicle fuel, bringing benefits in terms of decarbonisation, reduced particulate emissions and lower noise levels,” she continued. “Injecting the gas directly into the grid at source is more reliable than taking it to the point of use by other means.”

“Tracking ensures that each unit of gas taken out of the grid matches exactly a unit of gas injected and ensures that there can be no duplication or double counting,” concluded Graham. “The scheme can also be used to perform this role for other non-biological renewable fuels such as hydrogen.” 

John Baldwin, chair of the Renewable Energy Association’s Biogas Group added:

“The UK has a tremendous asset in its gas network, and it can be progressively decarbonised through measures such as steadily increasing the share of renewable gas.

“While the proposed changes are a positive step we would like to see more ambition. There is an urgent need decarbonise our heavy trucks fleet and the use of biomethane and Bio-SNG delivered via the gas grid are viable ways to do so.”

The government’s consultations can be found here and here

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