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NNFCC News Review: Bioenergy Issue 141, December 2023

Category: bioenergy
Published: 14/12/2023
Author: NNFCC
Each month we review the latest news and select key announcements and commentary from across the bioenergy sector.

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Decarbonisation measures in Europe are being accelerated, mainly driven by the target of achieving at least 42.5% of energy from renewables by 2030. This, together with the increase in natural gas prices, is drawing attention to the growing biomethane sector which has the potential to address both of these challenges.

The European Biogas Association (EBA)'s latest Statistical Report reveals a record €316 billion spent on gas imports in 2022 and in 20 EU Member States, dependency on natural gas imports went from 83% in 2021 to 97% in 2022. This clearly highlights the importance of renewable gases produced within Europe. Biomethane production in Europe witnessed a remarkable 20% growth in 2022 compared to the previous year, aligning with the REPowerEU plan's target of 35 bcm by 2030. With positive developments in Member States and industrial advancements, Europe's combined biogas and biomethane production reached 21 bcm in 2022.

The European Commission's approval of a €2.4 billion Czech scheme to support the construction and operation of new or converted sustainable biomethane production plants further demonstrates a commitment to reaching the 35 bcm biomethane target...

Other News this Month Includes:  


  • Bioenergy industry warns Germany’s biogas sector is at risk due to support regime
  • Canada extends federal tax credits to waste biomass harnessed for energy


  • 20% increase in biomethane production in Europe in 2022
  • MVV collaborates with three organisations for new biomethane project company in Germany
  • More...

Research & Development

  • Air Burners new BioCharger turns biomass waste into energy

Biomass Heat and Power

  • Biomass plants could receive ‘transitional support’ once subsidies end, according to WRA
  • DS Smith invests in biomass boiler for Normandy site

Energy from Waste

  • GenHydro breaks ground on waste metal-to-hydrogen project in Pennsylvania


  • Britain’s gas networks collaborate to explore how biomethane could work alongside hydrogen to accelerate net zero efforts
  • Bio Capital announces inauguration of first biomethane-to-grid plant in Northern Ireland
  • More...

Carbon Capture

  • enfinium to invest up to £800m in CCS for carbon-negative power


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