The long-awaited EU climate and energy strategy 2050 was published on 28 November. It acknowledges the role of biogas and biomethane reducing emissions in agriculture, as well as when used for various industries and as an energy source in heat and transport sectors.
The Gas for Climate consortium, of which EBA is a member, presented its vision on the role of renewable and low-carbon gas in the future decarbonised energy system at COP24 in Katowice, Poland. The main aim of this edition of the annual UN climate conference is ensuring the full implementation of the Paris Agreement to limit global temperature increase to well below 2 degrees Celsius.
The new rules will boost the use of organic and waste-based fertilisers
After months of trialogue negotiations, the European Parliament, Council and Commission have reached a preliminary political agreement on the Commission’s proposal from March 2016. The new rules will facilitate the access of organic and waste-based fertilisers to the EU Single Market, introducing limits for cadmium and other contaminants in phosphate fertilisers.
On January 16, 2019, doors are opening for the first time to the brand new BioEnergy conference, Biogas Innovation, hosted as an add-on event to the large Danish animal production fair: NutrFair. The conference is the culmination and product of a collaboration between the Interreg5a funded research project, Large Scale Bioenergy Lab 2, the magazine Bioenergi, Invest in Denmark, and Messe C in Fredericia.
This conference will bring together experts in the field of methane metrology from all over the world to discuss the latest field technologies for monitoring methane emissions. It will take place on 22 – 23 May 2019 at The Ahoy Exhibition Centre, Rotterdam, in The Netherlands.
The brochure “Digestate as Fertilizer ” published in the Biogas Knowledge series is now available online and in print also in English.
EBA and ERGaR held a well-attended policy meeting on Guarantees of Origin (GoO or GOs) for their members on 6 December at the Renewable Energy House (REH) in Brussels.
The new Renewable Energy Directive (RED) extended the Guarantees of Origin from renewable electricity to also renewable gas. The Directive gives the minimum criteria for the contents of the GoO. Member States may include additional references. The Renewable Gas Registry, ERGaR, would like to include sustainability references to the gas GoO that will need to be of a completely different nature than the existing electricity GoO.
Two representatives from the European Commission introduced the GoO as included in the new RED and answered the various questions coming from EBA and ERGaR members on the interpretation of the text and the implementation of the GoO. ERGaR has submitted their “ERGaR RED Voluntary Scheme” to the European Commission to seek official recognition as voluntary scheme. IT has the the specific purpose of mass balancing biomethane injected into the European natural gas network under the existing regulatory framework relevant to biomethane used as biofuel in transportation.
Biogas/biomethane production can be part of the bio-economy and contribute to decreased emissions in sectors such as industry, agriculture, transport, housing or waste management. This is one of key messages contained in EBA’s reply to the Commission consultation to reduce EU greenhouse gas emissions in the long-term. The consultation will analyse cost-efficient scenarios towards decarbonisation in line with the Paris Agreement. more
EBA membership continues to grow! Two new companies have joined our network of Associate Members this month. more
EBA is organising a policy meeting on Guarantees of Origin (GoO or GOs) for members only. Book your seat to attend our discussion at the Renewable Energy House (REH) on 6th December in Brussels! more