All subjects
Opinion & Commentary

EBA applauds increased RED ambition but regrets missed biomethane opportunity

EBA applauds increased RED ambition but regrets missed biomethane opportunity
Neighbouring biogas plants, VafabMiljö (left) and Gasum Västerås complete with biogas upgrading to biomethane. According to the European Biogas Association (EBA), the European Parliament missed an opportunity to completely streamline its adopted report with the goals of REPowerEU by omitting a binding target to deliver the 35 billion Nm3 of sustainable biomethane by 2030.

Responding to the European Parliament's vote to raise the share of renewables in the EU’s final energy consumption to 45 percent by 2030, under the revision of the Renewable Energy Directive (RED), the European Biogas Association (EBA) says it applauds the increased RED ambition but regrets a missed opportunity to include a biomethane target.

According to the European Biogas Association (EBA), the European Parliament’s position voted in plenary on September 14, 2022, goes in the right direction.

The European Parliament report on the Renewable Energy Directive revision, endorses a target of 45 percent renewable energy consumption in the EU by 2030, following the  REPowerEU proposal in May 2022 to accelerate the continent’s independence from Russian gas, said Giulia Cancian, Secretary General of the European Biogas Association (EBA).

The revision of the Renewable Energy Directive represents a key element in the ‘Fit for 55’ package to help the EU reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 55 percent by 2030 and to strengthen EU energy security.

According to EBA, it refines on many levels the Commission’s proposal and keeps strong sustainability requirements, guaranteeing biogas and biomethane (aka renewable natural gas – RNG) continue contributing to climate change mitigation.

Boosts biogas confidence but misses a biomethane opportunity

The report takes into consideration investors’ trust, by correcting the retroactive application of the GHG emission savings criteria on existing plants (art.29.10) proposed by the Commission but includes a higher threshold for plants starting operations in 2026.

The legislation also defines sub-targets for some emissions-intensive sectors. While transport remains one of the most polluting and hard to decarbonize segments of the economy, the Parliament report fails to strengthen the Commission’s proposal on advanced biofuels (2.2 percent by 2030) while it bets on renewable fuels of non-biological origin, such as hydrogen (5.7 percent 2030).

The European Biogas Association applauds the increased level of ambition, compared to the current target set at 32 percent. However, the Parliament missed an opportunity to completely streamline the report with the goals of REPowerEU by omitting a binding target to deliver the 35 BCM of sustainable biomethane by 2030, included in the REPowerEU proposal, said Giulia Cancian.

The upcoming interinstitutional negotiations within European Parliament and Council represent an opportunity for EU policymakers to perfect the Renewable Energy Directive (RED), keeping high ambitions and cutting red tape for operators.

Most read on Bioenergy International

Get the latest news about Bioenergy

Subscribe for free to our newsletter
Sending request
I accept that Bioenergy International stores and handles my information.
Read more about our integritypolicy here