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SUMMARY

There will need to be a fully-functional market for these gases to support their injection into gas grids at scale.

By Joseph Murphy

The Renewable Gas Trade Centre in Europe (REGATRACE), backed by the European biogas industry, has launched a digital network for tracking and exchanging renewable gas certificates, it said on December 20. 

The European Commission recently announced a series of legislative and regulatory proposals to accelerate the development of low-carbon gases like hydrogen and bio-methane. There will need to be a fully-functional market for these gases to support their injection into gas grids at scale.

"By providing certainty and information on where, when and how the renewable gas is produced, renewable gas certificates give confidence in the green gas sector, encourage gas producers to inject green gas into the grid and allow for bio-methane producers to sell the gas to all EU member states," REGATRACE said.

The network brings together 13 organisations and institutions responsible for the documentation and tracking of renewable gas: Amber Grid, Association of Issuing Bodies, AGCS Gas Clearing & Settlement AG, European Biogas Association, Energigas, Energinet, European Renewable Gas Registry, Royal Netherlands Standardisation Institute, REDCert, Renewable Gas Assurance Limited, SPP Distribucia, Unia Producentow i Pracodawcow Przemysłu Biogazowego and Verband der Schweizerischen Gasindustrie (VSG).

“The biomethane sector is developing and becoming ever more relevant, especially in the times of the European Green Deal. In this sense, it is vital that the relevant stakeholders who are involved in the implementation of the European directives grow together," REGATRACE's project coordinator, Stefano Proietti, commented. "The REGATRACE Network is a great opportunity for this combined effort, and we are confident that many more organisations will join it."