GreenGasGrids is a 3-year project co-funded by the Intelligent Energy for Europe (IEE) programme with the objective to boost the biomethane market in both forerunner and starter countries in Europe and to establish a cross-border market. The project brings public and private biomethane stakeholders together in order to reduce the most hindering barriers and jointly setting up strategies for the promotion of biomethane injection and utilisation for heat, electricity and vehicle fuel.
The project has started in June 2011 and will last until June 2014.
GreenGasGrids is the 4th European project in which NGVA Europe is involved. The project consortium consists of 13 national energy agencies, scientific institutions, as well as industry associations involved in biomethane, natural gas and renewable energy combining high expertise and market experience as well as wide-spread networks throughout the EU
GreenGasGrids will focus on the most pressing issues regarding biomethane and has established working groups for each field:
Goals of the working group related to sustainability include to understand how the European Commission's sustainability criteria for biomass & biogas can be integrated within European biomethane markets, analyze sustainability criteria approaches adopted for each country, integrating biomethane within existing gas networks and help to ensure that Member States will be able to meet the European Commission's sustainability criteria for biomethane, amongst others.
This working group dealing with technical standards will e.g. contribute to solving open issues of technical standards for biomethane and build on work being done at CEN level.
One of the objectives of the working group addressing biomethane trade issues includes the development of a roadmap to create a European trade scheme, improve transparency for biomethane markets/certificates and share experience.
The fourth working group will address policy targets for biomethane in country models. An important implementation of this working group will be to produce a tool kit that allows each country to estimate the amount of biogas that could be produced in the period up to 2030 and constitute the biomethane potential by sectors, including transport. In this way, Member States will be able to get valuable feedback and cognition concerning the role of biomethane as part of the future renwable energy mix, which will consequently also affect national strategies as laid down in the National Renewable Action Plans.
The GreenGasGrids project will provide a comprehensive data analysis, combining existing results with new research and will ensure an efficient implementation in all participating Member States. Furthermore, the project offers various opportunities for private market actors to find business partners or service providers, be up-to-date on latest biomethane market developments and use the project’ s events for exchange of information and networking. Project partners will assist policy makers in implementing or revising biogas/biomethane support schemes. For that purpose GreenGasGrids will edit biomethane roadmaps on the national as well as the EU-level recommending pathways for this highly beneficial and promising energy carrier.
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Press Release: GreenGasGrids website launched
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