22 June 2020. The The Spanish Gas Association (SEDIGAS) together with the Spanish Association for Standardisation-UNE, presented the new specification UNE 0062:2020 Renewable Gas Guarantees of Origin on Monday. Biomethane Guarantees of Origin, through a webinar, where the aim was to highlight the importance of having a regulatory framework conducive to extending the production and use of biomethane and thus helping the objectives set by the different governmental institutions.
This new specification establishes the requirements for guaranteeing the origin of biomethane before it is injected into the gas network. To do this, it establishes the terminology and definitions relevant to the registration, issuance, transfer and annulment, in line with directives on Renewable Energy, Energy Efficiency and the Domestic Natural Gas Market. Renewable Gas Guarantees of Origin (RGGOs) may be commercialised and/or used for dissemination or labelled.
This specification marks the beginning of the path to cover one of the requirements established by the Climate Change and Energy Transition Bill, with respect to promoting biomethane through a system that guarantees its origin. The extension of the use of biomethane will have a very positive effect on the Spanish economy, as it has the capacity to contribute 472 million euros to GDP by 2030, and generate between 15,000 and 25,000 jobs, both directly and indirectly.
The inauguration was carried out by Luz Smith, Head of Industry and Equipment of UNE, together with Marta Margarit, Secretary General of Sedigas, and Juan Sánchez, Deputy Director General of Hydrocarbons and New Fuels at MITERD.
A round table was held, moderated by Naiara Ortiz de Mendíbil, Secretary of the SEDIGAS Renewable Gas Committee, and included the participation of: Germán Medina, Biogas and New Projects at NATURGY, Isabel Tarín, Energy and Waste Technician at fGER, and Jacobo Canseco, Green Products Manager at AXPO IBERIA. Finally, a debate was held with the attendees of the webinar, moderated by Esther Bermejo, Head of the Chemical and Gas Industry at UNE. Luz Smith was responsible for closing the event.
Juan Sánchez, Deputy Director-General for Hydrocarbons and New Fuels at MITERD, stated that renewable gases and specifically biomethane can help decarbonise the energy sector but can also respond to policies that the government has open. Policies such as that of the circular economy; The strategy of the fair transition for the development of areas where other energies have disappeared, and can contribute to the demographic challenge and establish a population in some empty areas.
Sánchez added that "the UNE Specification offers reassurance and especially boosts producers because it gives value and provides consumers with certainty. The Specification can allow projects to be promoted through these source mechanisms as a basis for tracing and controlling the origin of the gas injected into the network."
For her part, the Secretary General of SEDIGAS, Marta Margarit, mentioned the previous public consultation on the Biogas Road Map that ended its deadline for comments on Friday where SEDIGAS had highlighted the need to appoint a Competent Body and a registry platform for guarantees of origin to facilitate their exchange.
Margarit also stated that "it is extremely important to be aligned with Europe and comply with the Renewable Energy Directive (RED II) on the need for the design of the RGGO system by June 2021."
On the other hand, Luz Smith stated that "technical standards provide an effective response to business challenges, and are a strong support for governments in the regulation and effective deployment of public policies."