The National Action Plan for Biomethane has been officially launched by the Government

Action Plan for Biomethane Unveiled: A Strategic Leap Towards Sustainable Energy

The National Action Plan for Biomethane has been officially launched by the Government and represents a significant milestone in the quest for sustainable energy solutions. This plan aims to boost the biomethane market as a sustainable way to reduce natural gas imports, decarbonize the national economy, and promote the growth of green industries.

The Action Plan for Biomethane, available for public consultation on the LNEG website, outlines a strategic vision for the production and consumption of biomethane, with three key objectives:

  1. Empower strategic sectors to harness the potential of biogas to implement a domestic biomethane market.
  2. Consolidate the development of the national biomethane market as a strategic vector for decarbonization and the bioeconomy.
  3. Build a sustainable sector from social and environmental perspectives.

Contribution from CoLAB BIOREF:

In a collaborative effort, CoLAB BIOREF played a crucial role in the development of the Biomethane Action Plan. The experience and insights provided by CoLAB BIOREF have contributed to shaping a comprehensive and future-oriented strategy aligned with sustainability goals, circular economy principles, and economic growth.

Strategic Goals and Financial Implications:

The Government's plan sets ambitious goals, foreseeing biomethane replacing approximately 9% of natural gas consumption in Portugal by 2030 and nearly 19% by 2040. This translates into an estimated reduction of around €135 million in natural gas imports by 2030 and €278 million by 2040.

The Plan also anticipates a considerable reduction in carbon dioxide emission costs, projecting a reduction of €44.5 million by the end of this decade and €91.2 million by the end of the next.

Implementation Phases:

The initial steps outlined in "Phase 1" of the Plan are scheduled between 2024 and 2026. This phase will be dedicated to establishing a value chain for biomethane in Portugal, with a focus on accelerating production development and creating a regulatory framework and public incentives to support a domestic biomethane market.

Future Perspectives:

The Biomethane Action Plan positions Portugal as a leader in sustainable energy practices. As the plan unfolds, it is expected to contribute significantly to the country's economic growth, job creation, and transition to a carbon-neutral economy.

For more information and to participate in the public consultation, the Biomethane Action Plan can be accessed on the LNEG website via the following link: