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Finnish biomethane certification scheme moves to Grexel

Gasum Oy, the state-owned transmission system operator (TSO) for natural gas in Finland has moved its biomethane certification scheme to CMO.grexel. Grexel’s central registries are now used in three countries for biomethane certification, which makes Grexel the market leader in biomethane certification in terms of countries covered.

Biomethane certificates are used for tracking the ownership of the origin of the gas in a so-called book-and-claim certification system. Certificates are issued at the point of injection of upgraded biogas into the general gas network, after which they are tradable independently of the physical gas. By cancelling such certificates, the beneficiary of the cancellation is entitled to claim the origin of gas taken from the grid.

The Finnish biomethane certification scheme has been operational since 2013 using Gasum’s in-house technology. It is a voluntary commercial scheme but recognized by the authorities for proving the origin of the gas taken from the gas grid. By cancelling biomethane certificate market parties avoid paying the natural gas tax.

Gasum runs a well-established and recognized biomethane certification scheme in Finland. We wished to further strengthen the scheme in the eyes of both customers and authorities with a robust and dependable central registry system. Grexel was thus selected due to its tested and flexible technology, knowledge of the markets and competitive service offering, said Janne Grönlund, Transmission System Operations Manager at Gasum in a statement.

Finland-based Grexel Systems Ltd is a developer and operator of software solutions for energy certificate markets and central certificate registries. The company’s central registries are now used in three countries for biomethane certification, making it a market leader in biomethane certification in terms of countries covered. In the electricity certification field, Grexel’s central registries are used in ten countries.

Gasum has created an impressive certification scheme, which is recognized by both the market and the authorities. Grexel is extremely proud to provide the technology backbone for the scheme and to help Gasum achieve even higher levels of operational excellence. The third biomethane scheme in our registries proves the versatileness and flexibility of our core technology, the Grexel Certification Framework (GCF), said Marko Lehtovaara, CEO at Grexel.

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