Biomethane can replace 8 billion m3 of gas per year

The State Agency on Energy Efficiency and Energy Saving of Ukraine, together with the Ministry of Energy and the Bioenergy Association of Ukraine, has developed and promulgated a draft Law of Ukraine on the development of production and consumption of biomethane, the press service reports.

The purpose of the draft law is to create an appropriate legislative foundation for the introduction of a biomethane market and to promote gas substitution.

Today, according to the Law of Ukraine "On the Natural Gas Market", producers of purified biogas have the right to gain access to gas transmission and gas distribution systems, provided that this gas meets the standards for natural gas.

However, this is not enough for the biomethane market to work. Unfortunately, several barriers need to be removed. We are talking about the absence in the current legislation:

  • definitions of the concept of "biomethane";
  • biomethane verification mechanism;
  • procedures for assuring origin of biomethane;
  • register of production and consumption of biomethane.

It is precisely to remove these obstacles that the developed draft law is aimed, which provides, in particular:

  • introduction of appropriate terminology (concepts of “guarantee of the origin of biomethane”, “register of biomethane”, “certificate of origin of biomethane”);
  • peculiarities of biomethane producers' access to gas transmission and gas distribution systems;
  • biomethane production and consumption register;
  • the procedure for providing guarantees for the origin of biomethane.

“This draft law will create conditions for reducing the country's import dependence and the use of local fuel. After all, the potential for replacing natural gas with biomethane in Ukraine is about 8 billion cubic meters per year, which is more than half of the annual volume of imports of natural gas and more than a quarter of its total annual consumption,” commented Kostiantyn Hura, acting Chairman of the State Agency on Energy Efficiency.

Deputy Chairman of the State Agency on Energy Efficiency Yurii Shafarenko noted that the adoption of the draft law would enable the launch of the biomethane market in Ukraine and the export of biomethane to the EU.

To recap, the second stage of the biogas station was launched in Mariupol.

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Tags: gas, legislation, gas imports, Biogas, renewables, the State Agency on Energy Efficiency, natural gas, The Ministry of Energy

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