The European Parliament has backed two legislative proposals to aid the uptake of renewable and low carbon gases, including hydrogen, into the EU gas market.
With the aim of replacing 20% of Russian gas supply with a sustainable alternative, MEPs have stated that – as part of the Gas Package and in accordance with REPowerEU targets – member states should ensure collectively at least 35 billion cubic metres of sustainable biomethane.
Welcoming the proposal, Giulia Cancian, Secretary General of the European Biogas Association (EBA), said, “If EU institutions give the green light to this proposal, the 35 bcm biomethane target would finally anchor in binding legislation the REPowerEU Plan’s ambition.”
“Based on reasonable and solid estimation of sustainable feedstock availability, achieving 35 bcm of biomethane in the EU by 2030 would significantly contribute to security of supply by replacing 20% imported natural gas volumes from Russia before the Ukraine war.”
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