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With biomethane to COP23: Climate-friendly mobility is possible now

This year’s UN Climate Change Conference, the COP23, has taken place from November 6 to 17 in Bonn, Germany, with over 25,000 participants from all over the world discussing how to protect the climate and save our environment.

In order to highlight that the mobility sector is often neglected in discussions about how to stop climate change, the German Biogas Association (GBA) has taken the opportunity to put the spotlight on a climate-friendly mobility option that is already available now: biomethane. A biomethane fueled vehicle emits up to 90 percent less CO2 in comparison to a gasoline fired model. By using its biomethane-fueled bus, GBA has implemented a tour during the days prior to COP23 driving from its headquarters close to Munich to Bonn and visiting several sites on the way that feature best practice examples of the biomethane sector.

At the first stop in Pliening, close to Munich, one of Germany’s first biogas upgrading plants was visited. About 200 plants of this kind exist in Germany. A further stop in Augsburg showcased an exemplary transport project fueling all public buses running throughout the city of Augsburg with biomethane. In Frankfurt, GBA took a look at the situation of approximately 900 CNG fueling stations in Germany out of which 125 offer pure biomethane fueling while a further 100 offer a blend of natural gas and 10-90 percent biomethane. It is remarkable that the automobile manufacturer Volkswagen intends to increase the number of CNG fueling stations up to 2,000 and CNG vehicles up to 1 million (currently: 100,000) in Germany by 2025.

In addition to these stops on the way to COP23, a panel debate was organized at the final destination in Bonn: Various experts from the mobility and renewable energy sector discussed how the path to CO2 free mobility could look like. The panel participants agreed that a transition to renewable energy in the mobility sector cannot be achieved without involving consumers and without having set ambitious political framework conditions. However, the tour has shown once more that change in the mobility sector it is possible nevertheless and the corresponding climate-friendly technology is already available with biomethane.

Further information and materials about the COP23 tour of GBA can be found here (German).

PRESS RELEASE - The European Renewable Gas Registry submitted application to EC

Brussels, 15 December 2017 –  The European Renewable Gas Registry members proudly announced today that the application of the ERGaR RED scheme has been submitted to the European Commission – DG Energy to be recognized as a voluntary scheme under the Renewable Energy Directive 2009/28/EC.

The submission represents a critical milestone, bringing one step closer the goal of establishing a single European biomethane market thanks to an administrative system designed to facilitate cross-border transactions of renewable gasses.

The energy sector is undergoing a deep transformation to a lower carbon energy future like never before. Policy attention is given to accelerate energy transition post-COP21, and biomethane will play a major role in this sense.  Renewable gas will be increasingly produced and thanks to the ERGaR RED scheme traded cross border in an integrated European market through the natural grids network reaching all end customer segments.

The European Renewable Gas Registry is based on the cooperation with national biogas/biomethane/renewable gas registries, covering today 10 European countries. ERGaR built on its national renewable gas registries’ expertise to establish an independent, transparent and trustworthy documentation scheme for cross border transfer and mass balancing of renewable gas injected into the European natural gas network. ERGaR will support the establishment of such registries in every European country and will work towards incorporating all national registries into the scheme.

The concept of cross-border biomethane administration through a new voluntary scheme was developed within the BIOSURF Horizon 2020 project (www.biosurf.eu). In accordance with this concept the cooperation among the national biomethane registries issuing the biomethane Guarantees (or Proofs) of Origin has a central role in the transfer and mass-balancing of biomethane consignments along the European natural gas network.

Looking ahead, the activities of the association will intensively continue to develop further the concept in view of evolution of the legislation related to renewable gaseous fuels, deepen the knowledge between the parties already involved and strengthen the cooperation with the new partners that will join this and the future projects.

About ERGaR:         

The European Renewable Gas Registry (ERGaR) – as international non-profit organisation (aisbl) – was established under Belgian law in September 2016 and founded as a cooperation between European biomethane registries that will enable cross border transfer of biomethane among the member registries. More info at www.ergar.org

Contact:
Martina Conton
Rue d’Arlon 63-67
1040 Brussels, Belgium
conton@ergar.org 
+32 2 400 10 82

 

BIOSURF and Bin2Grid Final Conference - Presentations

 

BIOSURF and Bin2Grid Final Conference – Presentations

International auditorium – 24 November 2017 – Brussels

BIOSURF - Bin2Grid final conference - 24-11-2017, Brussels

 

 

BIOSURF – Bin2Grid final conference
24 November 2017

09:00 – 16:00
Free attendance
International Auditorium, Brussels (map)

 

The BIOSURF and Bin2Grid EU projects have been successfully running for the last three years, with the aim of increasing the production and use of biomethane in Europe.

By promoting the collection of waste materials such as food and animal waste, while removing non-technical barriers, the projects managed to develop the grid injection of biomethane and its use as a transport fuel, paving the way towards a European biomethane market.

As both projects will be concluded at the end of the year, BIOSURF and Bin2Grid representatives are proud to invite you to their final conference taking place on 24 November 2017 in Brussels, to present their main achievements, methods and best practices.
Topics of discussion will include:

Cooperation among the national biomethane registries • European mass-balancing system for biomethane • Free market biomethane trade • Sustainable raw material supply • Methodology for entitlement to CO2 certificates • Regional specificities • Transferability of results beyond project countries • Biomethane as a transport fuel • Sustainable management of food and beverage waste

Please find the programme here.

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Új megoldás az áramból gázt koncepció megvalósítására

A takarékosság mellett kézenfekvő megoldásként az alternatív, megújuló energiahordozók használatára való áttérés kínál kiutat a globális klímaváltozás következményei elől. A számos lehetőség közül gazdaságosságuk miatt elsősorban a szélerőművek, napkollektorok és napelemek terjednek rohamosan világszerte. Ezek végső soron mind a gyakorlatilag kimeríthetetlen fúziós erőmű, a Nap hozzánk érkező energiáját alakítják át, zömmel villamos energiává. Az elektromos elosztó hálózatban jelentős a szállítási veszteség, ráadásul az áram nehezen tárolható. Ebből fakad a probléma ugyanis a szél és napsugárzás kiszámíthatatlan, nem tervezhető és minél több ilyen megújuló, „zöld áramot” termelünk annál több „felesleges” áram kering a vezetékekben. Az áram termelés és felhasználás egyensúlya felbomlik, ami további veszteségeket eredményez. A néhány éve Németországban kigondolt „power-to-gas” megoldás szerint a felesleges árammal vizet kell bontani, a vízbontásból származó H2-vel a globális klímaváltozásért leginkább felelős CO2-t CH4-ná lehet redukálni. Az így előállított megújuló CH4 semmiben sem különbözik a földgáztól, tehát a sokkal rugalmasabb és kisebb veszteséggel működő földgáz hálózatban lehet elszállítani az energiát a felhasználókhoz. A biogáz erőművekben mikrobák milliárdjai dolgoznak a biomassza lebontásán, ami végül zömmel biogázzá (CH4 és CO2 keveréke) alakul. A biogáz termelő folyamat végén a reaktorból kikerülő fermentációs maradék még sok hasznos szerves és szervetlen anyagot tartalmaz. Ezért rendszerint visszaviszik a termőföldre talajerő utánpótlásként, amivel az egyébként rengeteg fosszilis energiával előállított műtrágyákat tudják részben vagy egészben kiváltani.
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