European Commission gives green light for biomethane in pipeline but not for transport

According to the European Biogas Association:

  • The EU Taxonomy recognises anaerobic digestion (AD) and the integration of biomethane in gas grids as sustainable activities.
  • The criteria adopted by the EU Taxonomy will put the use of biomethane in the transport sector at stake.

The EBA welcomes the adoption of the EU Taxonomy by the European Commission as a means to channel investments towards sustainable activities across the European Union.

The EBA notes that the regulation supports the role of biogas and biomethane in providing renewable heat and power and recognises the need to integrate “low-carbon gases”, including biomethane, in existing natural gas grids. However, according to EBA, the criteria adopted by the EU Taxonomy will put the use of biomethane in the transport sector at stake. The manufacture and operation of some vehicles using biomethane is included in the regulation, for instance bi-mode trains and coastal vessels or, in very specific cases, freight road vehicles. Yet in most cases, the new regulation confirms the tailpipe approach to measure CO2 emissions and therefore fails to recognize the climate benefits of biomethane (either compressed or liquified).

The EBA notes that the regulation supports the role of biogas and biomethane in providing renewable heat and power and recognises the need to integrate “low-carbon gases”, including biomethane, in existing natural gas grids. However, according to EBA, the criteria adopted by the EU Taxonomy will put the use of biomethane in the transport sector at stake. The manufacture and operation of some vehicles using biomethane is included in the regulation, for instance bi-mode trains and coastal vessels or, in very specific cases, freight road vehicles. Yet in most cases, the new regulation confirms the tailpipe approach to measure CO2 emissions and therefore fails to recognize the climate benefits of biomethane (either compressed or liquified).

Source: EBA