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NNFCC News Review: Bioenergy Issue 142, January 2024

Category: bioenergy
Published: 25/01/2024
Author: NNFCC
Each month we review the latest news and select key announcements and commentary from across the bioenergy sector.

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IEA’s latest medium-term forecast has revealed that demand for natural gas is expected to slow down within the next four years. The report highlights that mature markets are turning to renewable resources due to an accelerated rollout of these alternatives and improved energy efficiency. Specifically for Europe, the loss of piped gas from Russia, following its invasion of Ukraine, pressed governments to seek alternative solutions to maintain energy security. Nonetheless, most EU member states have mentioned in their National Energy and Climate Plans (NECPRs), that they have included measures to promote biogas and biomethane. Biomethane production in Europe grew by almost 20% in 2022 compared to the previous year, according to the latest edition of the EBA Statistical Report, and growth is set to continue in coming years as the REPowerEU initiative continues to build. Notable growth is occurring in Denmark, where an increase in the share of biomethane in their gas supply from 40% to 100% is planned by 2030. Additionally, the European Commission has recently approved €140m state aid to support Portugal’s biomethane and hydrogen production.

According to EBA, despite such ambitions, the Gas Regulation has missed an opportunity to set the bar higher for the remaining EU member states as lawmakers dropped out of the EU biomethane desired target, as outlined by the European Parliament...

Other News this Month Includes:  


  • Industry invited to share views on changes to Emissions Trading Scheme
  • New vision to create competitive carbon capture market follows unprecedented £20 billion investment
  • Bioenergy report outlines progress being made across the EU


  • Drax gets go-ahead for carbon capture project at estimated £40bn cost to bill-payers
  • Enefit Green to sell district heating biz in Estonia, Latvia
  • More...

Research & Development

  • Supergen Bioenergy Hub officially launched at Aston University, UK
  • The Latest Innovations in Biogas Production and the Future of the Industry

Biomass Heat and Power

  • Genia Bioenergy receives EU funding for biogas plant in Romania
  • EIA: Biomass power capacity to remain stable through 2024, 2025

Energy from Waste

  • Waste from Norfolk businesses powers homes
  • Department of Energy Announces Community Partners for Waste-to-Energy Technical Assistance Program


  • Ellesmere Port: UK's largest hydrogen plant to be built at Stanlow
  • EU approves €140m state aid for Portugal’s biomethane and hydrogen production
  • More...

Carbon Capture

  • UKCCSRC response to Government’s long-term vision for the CCUS Sector
  • COP28: We need a reality check on hopes for carbon capture and removal


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