Green gas has the potential to produce the equivalent of more than a quarter of the UK’s Liqueified Natural Gas (LNG) imports.
That’s according to a report by the Renewable Energy Association (REA) which stated 45 LNG tankers worth of biomethane could be produced by 2035.
That’s 40TWh of power per year injected directly into the UK’s natural gas grid, it added.
Biomethane is a renewable gas identical in chemical composition to natural gas. It is currently said to be used for heating and cooking in up to 100,000 homes.
Around 50 biomethane projects were completed by the end of 2015 and an additional 15 are expected to be developed this year.
Last year the UK’s biomethane industry was the fastest growing in the world and by the end of this year it is expected to produce the equivalent of four LNG tankers worth of gas yearly, the REA stated.
If the industry grows by 2035 as expected, the country’s production of biomethane would be more than twice greater than the volume of LNG imported by the Dragon and Isle of Grain LNG terminals in 2014.
That could help the UK reduce its LNG imports by more than a quarter from 2014 levels, the REA added.
Dr. Kiara Zennaro, Head of UK Biogas, a sector group of the REA said: “While the government for years has touted the ‘fracking revolution,’ biomethane is actually getting on with the job of increasing our domestic gas production whilst decarbonising supply.
“Biomethane is also about the pragmatic use of our existing resources – the gas is produced by digesting food and other organic wastes. By producing this gas we are improving our sustainability and policies such as UK-wide separate food waste collections would be a cost-effective means of boosting production.”