The decarbonisation potential of biomethane is being fully realised following a record-breaking year for the deployment of biomethane production plants across Europe.
Biomethane plants in Europe now total 1,023 according to the European Biogas Association (EBA)/Gas Infrastructure Europe (GIE) Biomethane Map report 2021, equating to 20,000 units in operation when combined with biogas plants.
If the industry can sustain this rate of growth, the EBA expect sustainable biomethane to cover up to 30-40% of the EU gas consumption expected for 2050, with an estimated production of at least 1m000 TWh (terawatt hours).
Putting it into perspective, Boyana Achovski, Secretary General, GIE, stated that the combined amount of biomethane biogas available today can cover talready the whole gas consumption of Belgium.
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