European Green Deal

The parliament welcomes the proposal for measures that the European Commission unveiled last December 2019, to achieve the energy transition and achieve the ultimate goal of climate neutrality in 2050. The historic agreement makes Europe the first continent proposed a practically total decarbonization, despite doubts about the credibility of several governments, in particular the Polish, although he did not oppose the agreement.

The European Biogas Association “EBA” welcomes the ambition to fight to achieve climate goals and recognizes that it is a great challenge, as an opportunity for Europe; Renewable energies must replace fossil energies and Europe must finally implement the principle of “polluter pays”, including the full spectrum of emissions, C02, N0x and particles. Biogas, biomethane and other renewable gases will play a leading role in the European transition to clean energy and circular economy. In addition, the biogas industry continues to organize. Now, large fossil gas companies are strongly committed to them and partnerships and alliances emerge to accelerate their implementation. This is the case of the Integrated Biogas Alliance, formed by five large companies from Italy, Germany, Canada and the United States to offer biogas services worldwide.

The biomethane potential of anaerobic digestion and biomass gasification in the EU will be 100,000 to 120,000 million cubic meters (bcm) in 2050. Together with the increase in energy efficiency and renewable hydrogen, the gas supply in Europe it can be 100% renewable in 2050. For this, its implementation, still incipient, must be widely developed and accelerated to reduce its costs. Energy prices must include all environmental and climatic externalities (C02, air pollutants, biodiversity), as well as a target for renewable gases in the EU that reflects a clear commitment to increase the supply of green gas. The benefits will be broad: proper waste management, agriculture with efficient resources and the replacement of fossil fuels with a significant reduction in emissions. This European objective must be established and supported by existing policies, including the Waste Framework Directive (separation in origin of bio-waste) and the CAP (ecological measures and use of renewable energy in agricultural holdings).