The UK is being represented in developing the world’s first international green gas trading initiative by the Renewable Energy Association’s REAL Green Gas Certification Scheme (GGCS).
Biogas from anaerobic digestion can be upgraded to biomethane and injected into the gas grid or used as a vehicle fuel. The GGCS tracks this gas through the supply chain so suppliers can be certain of its renewable origin.
With 10 operational biomethane plants expected to be open by the end of 2014 in the UK, GGCS is looking to expand and facilitate cross-border green gas trading. The GGCS is the UK signatory on a letter of intent along with partners from Austria, Denmark, France, Germany and Switzerland to commit to cooperation towards a cross-border trade of biomethane.
REAL renewable scheme manager Ciaran Burns said: “This is an exciting next step for the green gas industry. It will expand the market for green gas across the continent, opening up new opportunities for UK biomethane producers. Ensuring compatibility of trading practices between countries will be challenging, but we look forward to working with the project partners to help realise the full potential of green gas.
“Our number one priority though remains the development of the UK green gas industry. We look forward to seeing more and more plants coming online now that DECC has concluded consultations on the Renewable Heat Incentive.”