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Biogas and biomethane industries providing Europe’s cheapest green gas

Biogas and biomethane industries providing Europe’s cheapest green gas
A sold-out and bullish European Biogas Association (EBA) annual conference in 2022 (photo courtesy EBA).

The European biogas and biomethane industries are ready and fully committed to scaling up the sector and producing at least 35 billion cubic metres (bcm) of biomethane by 2030, delegates at the annual European Biogas Association (EBA) conference were told.

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Held in Brussels, Belgium on October 25-26, 2022, over 350 delegates, including policymakers, academia, industry representatives and civil society organizations participated in the sold-out event.

Against a backdrop of the ongoing energy crisis, the two-day program addressed critical bottlenecks and opportunities for the sector.

These industries are providing today the cheapest and most scalable renewable gas produced in Europe, stressed Harmen Dekker, CEO of the EBA, during the closing ceremony.

A key topic on the agenda was the sustainable achievement of the 35 bcm per annum biomethane production target by 2030.

During his participation in one of the panels, Diederik Samsom, Head of Cabinet of the Commission’s EVP, urged the industry to “be bolder and speak louder” about the benefits, projects, and investments of the sector because Europe needs more sustainable biomethane and larger scale projects by 2030.

BIP technical launch

European Commissioner for Agriculture, Janusz Wojciechowski (left), and Harmen Dekker, CEO of European Biogas Association (photo courtesy EBA).

During the first day of the conference, Commissioner for Agriculture, Janusz Wojciechowski announced the technical launch of the Biomethane Industrial Partnership (BIP), the private-public partnership that was announced in September 2022 to support the achievement of the target to increase annual production and use of biomethane to 35 bcm by 2030.

Different representatives involved in the BIP explained the setup of the five Task Forces that will steer the work of this partnership in the coming months.

Metchild Wörsdörfer, Deputy Director for DG Energy (photo courtesy EBA).

The conference also tackled national perspectives, showcasing subsidiarity, national specificities, and diverse resources across Europe.

The event also addressed the urgency to mobilize investments and streamline innovation to accelerate the expansion of the sector, providing higher energy independence and boosting the green transition.

The applications of biomethane in the decarbonization of transport, buildings, and industry, as well as the support to the agroecological transition, were also discussed over the 10 sessions scheduled for this edition.

Finally, the EBA Awards 2022 announced during the gala dinner recognized outstanding individuals and projects for supporting the energy transition: Anaergia (Biogas Groundbreaker Award), Katrien Verwimp (Women Leading the way to Climate Neutrality Award), and SmallOps (Top Biogas Young Talent Award).

The two-day conference was marked by an extraordinary level of commitment from the biogas and biomethane value chain to achieve the REPowerEU target for biomethane (35 bcm a year by 2030) and to do so sustainably. Landing the right policy framework at the EU level remains paramount to supporting the growth of our sector. Achieving a market design fit for renewable gases, promoting a tech-neutral framework to green transport, closing the nutrient loop and fostering healthy soils, ensuring the roll-out of biomethane capacity, and untapping the potential of sustainable feedstock are necessary steps towards climate neutrality, remarked Giulia Cancian, Secretary General of EBA summarizing the event.

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