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Biomethane in the European gas market: a look at five key countries

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19 August 2020

Biomethane in the European gas market: a look at five key countries

Report summary

Europe is the leading producer of biomethane globally, with Germany maintaining the largest market share. Growth in production and use of biomethane will support EU targets to increase the share of renewables to 32% of energy consumption by 2030. For projects to be commercially attractive to investors there will need to be continued financial support from host governments around Europe. Currently there is a patchwork of support mechanisms in each country, which lack clarity and keep changing, depending on the country’s priorities and available finances at any particular time.

Table of contents

  • Introduction
  • A clear opportunity for Biomethane in Europe exists
  • Biomethane is currently a small component of the European gas supply mix
  • And lags biogas production
  • TSO plans and government targets point to much higher upgrade levels
  • Biomethane benefits from existing infrastructure, but obstacles may arise
  • Policy support is necessary for growth
  • Biomethane production costs: UK case study
  • Support Mechanisms for biomethane production
    • Generic Project 2013
    • Generic Project 2019
  • Uncertain future for the wider European biomethane market

Tables and charts

This report includes 11 images and tables including:

  • Biomethane production chain
  • The role of natural gas across sectors (2019)
  • Biomethane plants
  • Biogas and biomethane production
  • Biomethane forecast (to 2040)
  • UK Biomethane Capex and Maize feedstock costs
  • UK AD for Biomethane Injection RHIs
  • Key input data for UK biomethane economic analysis using maize as feedstock
  • UK Biomethane tariffs for 500m3/hr plant 2013
  • UK Biomethane tariffs for 500m3/hr plant 2019
  • Appendix

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