Biogas industry calls for ‘urgent rethink’ on new guidance


Over 50 global biogas and biomethane trade associations and companies have written to the World Resources Institute (WRI), administrator of the Greenhouse Gas Protocol, suggesting an ‘urgent rethink’ on GHG Protocol guidance for corporate biomethane use reporting.

Prior to the introduction of the controversial new guidance, companies wanting to decarbonise their processes purchased biomethane certificates before reporting it as part of their Scope 1 emissions accounting.

This led to investment in new biomethane production infrastructure necessary for the reduction of emissions from organic wastes and the generation of green fuels but – according to trade bodies – this will no longer be an option under proposed new ‘Land Sector and Removals Guidance’.

This guidance is a supplement to the GHG Protocol Corporate Accounting and Reporting Standard, which establishes the methodology for corporations to carry out inventories of GHG emissions in their operations and report on their use of green alternatives to fossil gas such as biomethane.

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