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 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. Attention to policy is given to accelerate energy transition post-COP21, and biomethane will play a major role in this sense. The production of renewable gas is increasing 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.
BRUSSELS, 08 September 2017 – A joint workshop tackles technical and regulatory aspects with the objective of large scale deployment of Power-to-Methane technology. The European Biogas Association (EBA) in joint cooperation with Gas Infrastructure Europe (GIE) and the European Renewable Gas Registry (ERGaR) hosted in Brussels their first workshop dedicated to Power-to-Methane technology on 06 September 2017. The event showcased the latest technological developments around Europe and formalised the launch of a common vision of the three organisers, with the commitment to move forward towards a renewable and integrated European gas grid.
BRUSSELS, 12 April 2017 – the European Renewable Gas Registry (ERGaR) in joint cooperation with Gas infrastructure Europe (GIE) and the European Federation of Local Energy Companies (CEDEC) hosted in Brussels a workshop dedicated to biomethane in the natural gas network on 5 April 2017. The event was the first opportunity to introduce ERGaR to stakeholders operating in the field, as well as to present the results of initial months of joint effort while anticipating the next steps of the association.
Press release – Nine members from eight different European countries met on the 28th September in Ghent, Belgium, to attend the establishment meeting of ERGaR, an association that seeks to establish and independent, transparent and trustworthy documentation scheme for mass balancing of biomethane distributed along the European natural gas network.