REA welcomes Environment Agency's new Biomethane Quality Protocol

QP confirms quality and safety of green gas for the grid

The REA welcomes the publication of the Environment Agency's Quality Protocol (QP) for biomethane, published yesterday [1]. The QP confirms "end-of-waste" status for biomethane, reducing the costs of waste handling controls for green gas producers.


Companies active in the growing green gas market can download the QP for free from the Green Gas Certification Scheme (GGCS) website [2]. The GGCS, run by the REA's subsidiary company REAL on a non-profit basis, tracks green gas through the supply chain so that suppliers and consumers alike can be certain of its renewable origin.

REA Head of Biogas David Collins said:

"The REA welcomes the Biomethane Protocol as a vital regulatory affirmation of the quality and safety of biomethane as the green equivalent of natural gas."

REAL Certification Manager Ciaran Burns said:

"The publication of the Biomethane QP is a very welcome step forward in the development of the UK biomethane industry. This confirms once and for all that biomethane from AD can be treated as resource rather than waste, eliminating the need for costly waste handling controls.

"The biomethane QP will set a benchmark for developers of new biomethane technologies to aim for. Along with the non-profit Green Gas Certification Scheme, the QP will help build confidence and increase the value of green gas as an alternative to fossil fuels for vehicle fleets, industrial processes and domestic and business users of the gas grid."

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