Biomethane is essential to decarbonise transport, says report

Biomethane is essential to successfully decarbonise the transport industry, according to a report published today (July 2) by The European Biogas Association (EBA).

According to the report, despite current efforts, transport is the only sector that is not decarbonising and has in fact shown an increase in greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions on a yearly basis since 2014.

Therefore, the EBA is urging industry and policymakers to help increase uptake of biomethane fuel as it currently the only sustainable fuel besides green electricity that is readily available and allows for the fast decarbonisation of all transport areas.

Biomethane can be used in light passenger vehicles, heavy transport, shipping and rail and Standard Internal gas Combustion Engines (ICE) are compatible with biomethane.

Biomethane does emit CO2, however according to the EBA because they are of a biogenic nature, the CO2 is different from fossil fuel emissions, where sequestration occurs over a geological timescale.

Biomethane is also essential in achieving a circular economy because it is the best way to recycle biowaste.

The EBA is, therefore, calling upon EU policymakers to recognise the valuable role of biomethane in the Strategy on Sustainable and Smart Mobility.

Harmen Dekker, director of the EBA commented on the report: ‘This paper sheds light on the significant potential of biomethane to reduce emissions in the transport sector, which is currently underestimated.

‘Biomethane is a readily available green fuel produced in Europe. The multiple socio-economic and environmental benefits associated with the deployment of this renewable fuel will directly benefit EU citizens. Biomethane is a no-regrets option to decarbonise transport.’

In related news, late last month (June 18) John Lewis and Partners announced plans to open their first biomethane fuel station in December 2020, saving an estimated 70,000 tonnes of CO2 over the next seven years.

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