Speaking at the 2021 Anaerobic Digestion and Bioresources Association (ADBA) National Conference on 14th December, Lord Callanan reiterated just how beneficial biomethane could become when decarbonising and ‘levelling up’ the UK economy.
Callanan, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Department for Business, Energy and Industry Strategy, also highlighted the fact that biomethane could also contribute to hydrogen production and to carbon capture and usage (CCU).
Biomethane, an upgraded form of biogas, can be used as feedstock for hydrogen production, with CCU capable of helping produce methanol, a liquid hydrogen carrier.
Callanan also mentioned the Green Gas Support Scheme (GGSS), a government initiative to facilitate the growth of the biomethane industry.
“In the Government’s Biomass strategy published in November, biomethane is recognised as playing an important role in helping decarbonise the gas grid,” he said.
“This follows the Climate Change Committee’s recognition of biomethane as valuable in all decarbonisation pathways, whatever its end use.”
Part of the ‘levelling up’ agenda is the ability for the burgeoning industry to create jobs and develop and diversify the UK’s rural economy, in addition to focusing on how biomethane could assist hydrogen production.
He added, “The GGSS will close to new applicants in 2025 and that aligns with the planned mid-2020s timescale for strategic decisions regarding the role of hydrogen in the decarbonisation pathways.”
Charlotte Morton, Chief Executive, ADBA, commented on the speech, stating that the Government’s commitment to supporting biomethane production is ‘encouraging’ and that ADBA will continue to urge the Government to help the sector become financially self-sufficient.