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European Biomethane Map shows 37% increase in biomethane capacity in the EU

Europe has achieved a new milestone in its renewable energy sector, reaching an installed biomethane capacity of 6.4 billion cubic metres (bcm) per year, according to the newly released European Biomethane Map.

The majority of this capacity, 81 per cent, is attributed to plants within the European Union, which accounts for 5.2 bcm. The EU-27 countries have seen a remarkable 37 per cent growth, while non-EU countries have grown by 20 per cent compared to the 2022-2023 dataset.

This expansion in biomethane capacity holds significant environmental benefits, potentially avoiding nearly 29 million tons of CO2 emissions annually. Additionally, these biomethane plants can produce 830,000 tons of organic fertiliser each year, provide renewable energy to 5 million European households, and fuel 145,000 bio-LNG vehicles year-round. These contributions are crucial for Europe’s long-term energy security and climate mitigation goals.

France has been a standout in the biomethane sector, nearly doubling its capacity since the last edition of the map. Italy has also shown significant progress, with a four-fold increase in the number of its plants and more than a three-fold increase in total plant capacity. Meanwhile, the United Kingdom and Denmark remain among the top five biomethane producers in Europe. Germany, despite being the largest producer, has currently paused the construction of new plants.

The growth in the biomethane sector aligns with the 2030 objectives set by the REPowerEU plan. To date, 25 billion euros in private investments have been secured, which will fund the installation of 950 new biomethane plants by 2030. This development is a key component of the European Biogas Association’s (EBA) recent analysis.

“The 2024 Biomethane Map highlights the significant growth of the biomethane sector, demonstrating the industry’s determination in achieving the REPowerEU targets,” said Giulia Cancian, EBA Secretary General, emphasising the sector’s progress. “To sustain this progress, it is crucial for EU member states to identify clear targets and pathways and for the EU itself to support the sector with long-term policies and administrative simplification for operators. This commitment will ensure a robust and resilient energy transition across Europe.”

The European Biomethane Map, published annually by the EBA, includes an open-access interactive map for the first time, thanks to contributions from EBA members. The digital and print versions of the map are produced in collaboration with Gas Infrastructure Europe (GIE). This edition includes comprehensive data on active facilities as of June 2024.

“This 5th edition illustrates that biomethane is today’s green solution,” added Pierre Duvieusart, GIE Biomethane Area Sponsor & GIE Board Member. “Gas infrastructure operators welcome this 37 per cent increase and will keep bolstering its development. Natural gas and biomethane’s synergies are invaluable at technical, economic, and policy levels. This makes this renewable gas fit for today’s gas infrastructure and for our clients. With supportive policies and collective efforts, we can help sectors decarbonise quickly and cost-effectively while avoiding stranded assets.”

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