Welcome to ERGaR
The European Renewable Gas Registry
ERGaR was founded on 28/09/2016 in Ghent, Belgium as a cooperation between established, national renewable gas registries in Europe that will enable cross border transfer of renewable gas certificates among the member registries.
The association currently counts 29 members from 15 European countries:
- established biomethane/renewable gas registries
- gas DSOs & TSOs
- biogas associations
- major stakeholders of the European biomethane market
Renewable Gases and Biomethane
To meet European energy targets and climate goals, it is expected that renewable gases, can and will play a key role. Especially the injection of renewable gases into natural gas grids is predicted to be an important driver in the energy transition towards a CO2-free society.
729 biomethane plants produced 22,787 TWh in 2018 (source: European Biomethane Map 2020, EBA and GIE).
Biomethane is the already existing green element of the gas business. More than 17,000 biogas plants in Europe represent a significant potential for biomethane in the near future.
Biomethane is biogas upgraded to natural gas quality and the cooperation aims at creating an independent, transparent and trustworthy documentation scheme for mass balancing of renewable gas distributed along the European natural gas network.
The mission of the European Renewable Gas Registry
ERGaR will also provide for cross-border transfer of sustainability characteristics attached to the consignments and enable producers in countries without a registry to trade renewable gas across Europe.
ERGaR will be the Europe-wide recognised organisation for administering and mass balanced volumes of renewable gases virtually distributed along the European natural gas network. The organisation brings together national renewable gas registries’ expertise to elaborate on a joint basis for issuing and cancelling guarantees of origin for consignments with export destinations.
ERGaR seeks recognition as a voluntary scheme under the Renewable Energy Directive.
Renewable gas in the future
By 2050, renewable gas, such as biomethane, will be produced in thousands of new installations applying updated and new technologies from all kind of organic wastes, by products and other renewable raw materials. Renewable gas will provide the green component of the fuel blend with natural gas distributed through the European gas network. Renewable gas will be used in every European country for generating electricity, heating and cooling and as a biofuel in the transport sector.