EBA is advocating for:
- The EU to develop a coherent strategy setting out the best uses of biogas, syngas and biomethane from AD and biomass gasification, with a stable EU-wide legal framework allowing Member States to tap into its full potential by incentivising the best regional uses of these renewable energy carriers. Recognition of this contribution to the EU and Member States’ climate and energy targets to be stated clearly in all relevant official publications.
- Europe’s waste management policies to include a ban on sending organic wastes to landfill and to prioritise their treatment in AD and biomass gasification. Make the use of syngas for combined heat and power generation a priority route for the valorification of incinerable organic waste fractions high in solids, and support the future addition of automotive fuel production through biomethanation.
- All EU Member States to introduce mandatory source separation and collection of food waste for households and businesses to increase the rate of nutrient recycling through AD.
- In cooperation with the natural gas industry, biomethane to be available at all gas refuelling stations across Europe either in pure form or blended by 2030.
- The development of sustainability criteria for biogas/biomethane which take into account all the benefits of the technology. The carbon value of biomethane to be recognised and taken into account in all modelling work and impact assessments. The introduction of a consistent sustainability scheme that applies across all uses of biomethane.
- The EU shall develop specific targets (which are independent of those for natural gas) for biomethane injection to grid and its use as a transport fuel.
- R&D to support the development of the industry and to contribute to increased efficiency and innovative substrate use, thus improving the performance of the technology in Europe. Encourage industry to develop into global export markets which will deliver cash flow back to the EU economy.
- The EU shall introduce a regulation making it possible to use bio-fertilisers from waste streams unsuitable to food based farming, allowing them to be diverted to forestry and other dedicated energy crop based farming.
- The EU shall introduce a regulation establishing end-of-waste criteria for digestate and include digestate among the fertilisers addressed by the revised Fertiliser Regulation. Logically, digestate will be exempted from REACH in the same way as biogas and compost.
- All energy sources must be treated equally in Europe. Nationally tailored support schemes will be maintained and endorsed by the EU’s Guidelines on environmental and energy State Aid.
Regarding EU trade policies:
- The establishment of a European market for biomethane, digestate and ashes, to facilitate cross-border trading of these three valuable products.
National Renewable Energy Action Plans
EBA analysed from a biogas perspective the 27 NREAPs that were available by January 2011 and prepared a database and a corresponding presentation. The detailed information can be ordered at the EBA secretariat under firstname.lastname@example.org. It is free of charge for EBA members. Non-members have the opportunity to order the database and presentation for 50 €.
The survey provides information on the development of the biogas production in the EU Member States and includes detailed information on biogas share in electricity, heating and transport. It also includes feedbacks from the national member associations.