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Industry calls for biomethane imports to be automatically included in Union Database

Pan-European gas industry association Eurogas announced last Wednesday (22 November) that together with seven other industry organisations it has called on the European Commission to “immediately and fully” include biomethane and biomethane-based imports in the Union Database.

Excluding the certification of these fuels would directly hinder imports and exports of biomethane to the EU, particularly from the US, UK and Ukraine, Eurogas said in a press release. “It will also impact biomethane-based fuels such as biomethanol, for which plants rely on biomethane injected to the gas grid, preferring this over other modes of transport which may have economic, environmental and technical downsides. Indeed, this decision could also impact other fuels like hydrogen.”

The call was made via a media statement, co-signed by Eurogas, Gas Infrastructure Europe (GIE), European Federation of Energy Traders (EFET), European Renewable Gas Registry (ERGAR), World Biogas Association, Bioenergy Association of Ukraine (UABIO), Methanol Institute and The Coalition for Renewable Natural Gas.

“The use of biomethane should be encouraged, and leveraging existing transport infrastructure should not penalise end-users,” the joint statement read. In the statement, the associations said that this decision is not limited to biomethane and biomethane based fuels, as it could also negatively impact hydrogen and its derivatives in the near future.

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Both RFNBO (renewable liquid and gaseous fuels of non-biological origin) under the Renewable Energy Directive (RED) and low carbon fuels under the Gas Directive will rely on information registered by economic operators into the Union Database, which could also be disallowed, the associations noted via the press statement.

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