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NNFCC News Review: Bioenergy Issue 147, June 2024

Category: bioenergy
Published: 26/06/2024
Author: NNFCC
Each month we review the latest news and select key announcements and commentary from across the bioenergy sector.

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Foreword

The UK government has recently opened a consultation to gather information, data and
views in relation to the development of a sustainable biomethane sector in Northern Ireland.
The main target of this call for evidence is to develop an effective policy framework which
will fully unlock the potential of an economically viable biomethane industry without the
need for long-term subsidies. The call for evidence is seeking information on a range of
issues including the following: assessing the potential of biomethane industry in the path to
net zero energy; how to efficiently manage the feedstocks required to ensure a sustainable
supply for biomethane production; evaluation of the economic viability of local biomethane
production and assess costs related to connecting biomethane production sites to the gas
network.

In a recent Bioenergy Insight Thorsten Holl, CEO and managing director of VORN Bioenergy, was interviewed to discuss the major challenges facing the bioenergy sector. VORN Bioenergy is a German biomethane producer with extensive experience in project testing and development. Holl highlighted the lack of regulatory harmonisation as an important issue. ‘Regulatory frameworks across Europe are currently not yet unified’, he said and proceeded to add that ‘harmonising regulations and standards across Europe is essential for a stable biomethane landscape, ensuring market integrity and traceability from origin to usage’. Moreover, he argues that costs related to CO2 abatement and compensation projects should eventually drop so that they facilitate a smoother transition from fossil gas to biomethane. He ultimately concluded that these changes would necessitate adjustments in the political framework.

Other News this Month Includes:  

Policy

  • Call for evidence: Developing biomethane production in Northern Ireland
  • Harmonising biomethane regulations and standards across Europe is essential

Markets

  • Palisade Real Assets wins mandate 
  • Gov.co.uk accredited official statistics for AD in England
  • More...

Research & Development

  • Scientists charge 'charcoal sponge' to soak up CO2
  • The ‘Godfather of AI’ quit Google a year ago. Now he’s emerged out of stealth to back a startup promising to use AI for carbon capture

Biomass Heat and Power

  • Scotland: RWE seeks permission to boost Fife biomass facility
  • Valmet to deliver a pellet-fired heating plant to Göteborg Energi AB in Mölndal, Sweden
  • More...

Energy from Waste

  • Incinerator plans rejected a month after approval
  • Turning farm waste into renewable energy – The ALFA Story
  • Rialto Bioenergy Facility sold to Sevana Bioenergy for $20M

Biogas

  • Hexla and Levidian bring pioneering climate technology to Worthy Farm 
  • Gasum agrees on long-term financing including extended green loan and sustainability targets 
  • More...

Carbon Capture

  • Blue hydrogen and LNG import reliant gas-CCS projects could derail UK net zero target and exhaust carbon budget
  • How Sizewell C is building the future of carbon capture
  • More...

Events

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