EBA appoints expert group to accelerate renewable gas deployment in Europe
The European Biogas Association (EBA) has announced the appointment of a new group of experts tasked to accelerate renewable gas deployment in Europe within the framework of the European Green Deal over the coming years. The appointed Company Advisory Board (CAB) includes eight experts with an extensive career within the gas and renewable gas sector.
The Company Advisory Board (CAB) is an official body to the EBA and is comprised of voluntary members representing the company members within the EBA. The overarching objective of the CAB is to provide strategic political advice to the secretariat and the executive board to steer the political advocacy and policy priorities. three members of the CAB will officially represent this body at the EBA Executive Board.
The elected Company Advisory Board of the EBA (2020-2030) include Olivier Aubert, SWEN Capital; Olivier Guerrini, TOTAL; Marta Kamola-Martines, ENGIE; Gabor Sonkoly, Landwärme; Marco Mazzero, IES Biogas; Coen Meijers, DMT; Michael Niederbacher, TerraX; Jonas Svendsen, Nature Energy while representatives of the CAB at the EBA Executive Board are Michael Niederbacher, Gabor Sonkoly and Coen Meijers.
During their three-year mandate (2020-2023) the CAB will play a pivotal role in advising the best ways to reach the forecasted potential for biogas and biomethane in the coming years – 39 billion Nm3 (bcm) of natural gas equivalent by 2030 and 120 bcm by 2050.
The CAB will also work on strengthening the visibility of the sector as a sustainable and cost-competitive alternative for decarbonisation and steer the political positioning of the EBA.
Unlock European Green Deal potential
The EBA conference held earlier this month confirmed the huge potential of the sector in the realization of the European Green Deal. This is one of the current core strategies of the EU Executive aimed at achieving the ambitious reduction target of 55 percent by 2030 and reaching climate neutrality by 2050.
The production of biogas and biomethane can be used to replace fossil fuels and reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions released by many sectors, including transport, buildings, and energy-intensive industries. It can also help reduce organic waste in cities and develop a sustainable model of agriculture in local areas, in line with the principles of an efficient circular economy.
The EBA has been growing rapidly in the past year and has strengthened its position as a key stakeholder in the discussions to decarbonise the EU economy. Representing the interests of 38 national associations and 90 companies and research institutes operating in EU territories, the EBA now represents directly and indirectly over 7 000 stakeholders in Europe.