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HoSt's Biogas Marrum plant awarded Better Biomass sustainability certificate

In the Netherlands, 'Biogas Marrum', a biogas plant in the province of Friesland owned by biomass and biogas technology providers HoSt, has received the internationally recognized Better Biomass sustainability certificate (NTA 8080). This certification confirms the sustainable origin of the renewable natural gas (RNG) produced, with a carbon dioxide (CO2) emission reduction of 94.4 percent.

In the Netherlands, ‘Biogas Marrum‘, a biogas plant in the province of Friesland owned by biomass and biogas technology providers HoSt, has received the internationally recognized Better Biomass sustainability certificate (NTA 8080). This certification confirms the sustainable origin of the renewable natural gas (RNG) produced, with a carbon dioxide (CO2) emission reduction of 94.4 percent (photo courtesy HoSt).

Managed by NEN, the Netherlands Standardization Institute, the Better Biomass certificate is issued to organizations that produce, trade or process sustainable biomass in accordance with the set requirements. HoSt’s Biogas Marrum plant anaerobically digests manure with up to 5 percent organic residual to produce 2.2 million Nm3 of biomethane annually.

The renewable natural gas (RNG) is injected into the grid and is sufficient for the annual gas needs of over 1 450 households In addition to guaranteeing the sustainable origin of the biomass, the use of this biomass must lead to a substantial reduction in greenhouse gas emissions compared to the use of fossil fuels. The entire chain is included in this reduction calculation, as well as the biogas plants’ own energy consumption.

We are particularly proud of the very high CO2 emission reduction, which on the one hand contributes positively to reducing the total CO2 footprint and on the other hand to the energy transition, said Tjeerd Smit, Project Developer at HoSt.

Better Biomass leads to better biogas

Better Biomass has been operational since 2011 and recognized by the European Commission as a voluntary scheme to demonstrate compliance with the mandatory sustainability criteria for biofuels and bioliquids as laid down in the Renewable Energy Directive since 2012.

The Better Biomass certification scheme was re-recognised by the European Commission in the framework of the Renewable Energy Directive (RED) in 2018. Companies can use Better Biomass to demonstrate compliance with the legal sustainability requirements in this Directive.

With Better Biomass, companies are assessed whether they conform to the NTA 8080 sustainability and chain of custody requirements. Companies that are Better Biomass certified are able to demonstrate to comply with the RED. Better Biomass certified products may be counted in the renewable energy target.

Compliance with the Renewable Energy Directive, 2009/28/EC sustainability criteria for the biomass used for energy production is part of the certification. The certificate is granted for five years. Each year, an independent certification body reassesses whether the requirements of the Directive are met in order to remain certified.

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