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European Biogas Association: Breaking Free of the Energy Dependency Trap DELIVERING 35 BCM OF BIOMETHANE BY 203O **

The European Biogas Association (EBA) has proposed some measures to increase the production of biomethane in the EU to reach the target set in the REpowerEU plan to deliver 35 bcm of biomethane by 2030.

In 2020, 18 bcm of biogas and biomethane were produced in the EU. Biomethane production amounted to three bcm (approx. 32 TWh). Increasing biomethane production would help to reduce consumption of Russian gas. In addition, digestate can be used to replace chemical fertilisers, which are also mainly based on fossil fuels.

Some of the measures proposed by the EBA are as follows:

  1. Include the 35 bcm biomethane target in the renewable energy directive and the gas regulation
  2. Enable fast an affordable grid connection for biomethane projects and prioritise the injection of renewable gases
  3. Speed up the authorisation procedures for biomethane projects
  4. Establish an EU-wide GO system to renewable gases
  5. maximise energy production potential in the waste and waste water sectors
  6. Foster agroecology
  7. Promote public-private partnerships

The proposal of EBA can be found here https://www.europeanbiogas.eu/wp-content/uploads/2022/04/REPowerEU-with-biomethane-FINAL-1.pdf