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How can the EU Green Deal support biogas in achieving climate goals?

The EU is home to some of the largest biogas industries in the world, but it still has a long way to go to deliver its full biogas potential.

Renewable gases currently supply around 7% of gross inland energy consumption in the EU, said Antonio Lopez-Nicolas, Deputy Head of the Renewable Energy Unit at the Directorate-General for Energy of the European Commission. That makes biogas, biomethane and “green” hydrogen “an important part” of the bloc’s energy mix.

But with Europe now aiming to reach climate neutrality by mid-century that percentage will need to “grow substantially” to at least 50 and 62.5% of today’s gross inland consumption, he told a EURACTIV event supported by French utility ENGIE in November.

Will the EU Green Deal create the policy framework necessary to unlock investment into the sector and deliver the industry’s decarbonisation potential across the EU member states by 2030?

WBA is hosting the World Biogas eFestival on 18th-21st May. The EU Green Deal will be discussed a session will be paneled by: Harmen Dekker, Managing Director, European Biogas Association; Janez Potocnik, former EU Commissioner, Vice Chair of UNEP Resource Council;  Alberto Rocamora Garcia, Policy Officer, Bioenergy Europe; Rebecca Groen, Director Biofuels, SHV Energy and Marc-Antoine Eyl-Mazzega, Energy Director, IFRI Centre for Energy & Climate.

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