The role of renewable gas in greening European cities highlighted at EU Green Week event

Renewable gases are playing a growing role in the energy transition, benefiting cities and their communities. EUBIA, EBA and Biorefine Cluster Europe organised a side event on this topic during the 2018 EU Green Week. The event called “Greening the gas grid for sustainable cities & communities” took place in Brussels on May 24th. It presented an overview on the European framework about biogas and biomass, and focused on the latest updates from European companies and projects.

On this occasion, we had the pleasure to host several high-level speakers as Mr Thomas Schleker, from DG Research and Innovation, and Bart Martens, environmental advisor at the European Parliament, assistant of MEP Kathleen Van Brempt and former member of the Flemish government. Mr Martens gave an accurate presentation of the recast of Renewable Energy Directive (RED II), stating that the negotiations at EU level should also include a renewable feedstock directive, whilst Mr Schleker presented how Horizon2020 supports innovation for bioenergy and renewable fuels. The event featured an industry-dedicated panel, showing examples from Danish, German and Belgian companies Nature Energy, Landwärme and IOK Afvalbeheer, and was concluded by a session focusing on EU projects willing to unlock the green gases potential: Biogas Action, Biocat and SaltGae.

The event was the occasion to discuss the advantages of a green gas grid in the reduction of GHG emissions, to make Europe comply with the climate and sustainable targets of COP21.