07 Mar 2011 12:03:19
Green gas scheme launched to increase confidence in sector
A new scheme has been launched to track biomethane through the supply chain and verify it is completely green.
The Green Gas Certification Scheme follows any contractual trading of biomethane until the point it reaches the consumer. Users will then be provided with a certificate identifying the organisations involved in the process.
It was developed by the Renewable Energy Association in partnership with Bio Group, British Gas, E.ON, National Grid, Milton Keynes Council, Thames Water and CNG Services.
Steve Sharratt, chief executive of BioGroup, which operates the Adnams Bio Energy plant in Suffolk, said: "By tracking the commercial transactions of biomethane through the supply chain it provides certainty for consumers who buy the gas, confidence in the green gas sector and an incentive for gas producers to inject green gas into the grid."
John Pettigrew, National Grid's chief operating officer for gas distribution, added he believes the scheme will stimulate demand for green gas among consumers.
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