Publication of Updated Biomethane Production Potentials for EU Member States
Publication of updated biomethane production potentials for EU Member States, assessing the feasibility of the 35 bcm REPowerEU target for 2030 and providing outlook to 2050.
Today, The Gas for Climate (GfC) consortium published an update on biomethane production potentials in EU Member States, building on the renewed ambition of the EU to accelerate biomethane production and the advancements in technology.
The study shows that enough sustainable feedstocks are available in the EU-27 to meet the REPowerEU 2030 target - 35 bcm. In GfC’s estimate, up to 41 bcm of biomethane in 2030 and 151 bcm in 2050 could be available. This is significant as the current (2020) EU natural gas consumption is 400 bcm (of which 155 bcm was imported from Russia).
As such, biomethane plays a key role in meeting the EU’s 2030 GHG reduction target and achieving net-zero emissions by 2050. Additionally, biomethane can increase European energy security by reducing the dependency on Russian natural gas and can alleviate part of the energy cost pressure on households and companies. To achieve this, significant scaling up is required both in the short- and long-term as today, 3 bcm of biomethane and 15 bcm of biogas are produced in the EU.