The Renewable Energy Association is launching a new certification scheme that tracks the trading of biomethane gas, dubbed ‘green gas’ because it is a renewable energy source.
TheGreen Gas Certification Scheme will track the commercial transactions of biomethane. REA hopes this will allow customers to see that the gas they receive really is ‘green’.
Mark Bugler, Head of Renewable Gas said: “As partners in the UK’s first two Biomethane to Grid pilot projects British Gas are pleased to be one of the founding members of the Green Gas Certification Scheme. This scheme is key in allowing us to track ‘green gas’ from injection into the grid through to our customers.”
The GGCS could make biomethane a key part of the energy mix in future, according to Michael Woodhead, Managing Director of E.ON’s Sustainable Energy business which is supporting the project.
He said: “Customers need the reassurance that the greener products they seek actually ‘do what they say on the tin’. We believe that biomethane has a significant role to play in the future energy mix for the UK and this certification scheme is a major step forward to making it a reality.”
Alongside British Gas, the scheme is also supported by the Bio Group, E.ON, National Grid, Milton Keynes Council, Thames Water and CNG Services.
Biomethane as yet only represents a tiny percentage of energy input to the National Grid.