About the partnership

Biomethane Industrial Partnership

About the partnership

The need to scale up biomethane in Europe is more urgent than ever, following the need to reduce dependency on natural gas imports from Russia and address high energy prices while simultaneously addressing the climate crisis. Biomethane is the cheapest and most rapidly scalable renewable gas available today. Therefore, the European Commission has announced in its recent REPowerEU plan a target to increase annual EU production and use of sustainable biomethane to 35 billion cubic metres by 2030. The Commission also announced the creation of a Biomethane Industrial Partnership (BIP). The BIP is an industrial partnership in which policy makers, industry and other stakeholders team up with the goal to support the achievement of the target of 35 billion cubic metres annual production and use of sustainable biomethane by 2030, and to create the preconditions for a further ramp-up of its potential towards 2050.

Structure of the partnership

The Biomethane Industrial Partnership consists of a Governing Board, multiple Task Forces and a secretariat. The Governing Board is the highest body steering the Partnership, consisting of up to 7 representatives of the European Commission, Member States and the biomethane value chain. The secretariat provides day-to-day practical support and is funded by the value chain Support Group to the partnership, a group consisting of the European Biogas Association (EBA) plus up to twenty companies.

Task Forces

The work of the Biomethane Industrial Partnership will initially be structured in five Task Forces in which members collaborate at expert level on specific topics on the basis of the partnership’s Work Programme. Task Forces work on specific pre-defined actions and create deliverables that help to achieve the goal of the partnership. All EU policy makers, Member State representatives, companies active in biomethane and other stakeholders that wish to actively contribute and be involved to achieving the goal of the Partnership can sign up for Task Force membership. The following five Task Forces have been created:

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Task force 1

National biomethane targets, strategies and policies

Task Force 1 focuses on the creation of national biomethane targets, strategies and policies. The Task Force will provide input to Member States and will also initiate a framework for bilateral collaboration between Member States to facilitate capacity building. The deliverables of this Task Force will feed into national biomethane strategies to be incorporated into the draft updated National Energy and Climate Plans (NECPs), scheduled June 30th 2023. It would be desirable if many EU Member States would join this Task Force. Also after completion of national biomethane strategies, this Task Force can continue to work on facilitating and sharing best practices on biomethane policy making.

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Task force 2

Accelerated biomethane project development

Task Force 2 will focus on the need to rapidly increase biomethane production capacity, by developing solutions to identified barriers to scale-up investments, and mapping planned new investments in biomethane production and use. This will likely result in identified actions for policy makers as well as for the biomethane value chain and investors. As part of its work, the Task Force will provide an overview of available public funding and how various funding sources can be combined, and its aims to contribute to increased transparency about the biomethane investment pipeline. Biomethane companies and private and public investors can be expected to join this Task Force.

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Task force 3

Sustainable potentials for innovative biomass sources

Task Force 3 will identify the potentials across the EU for innovative biomass sources. A significant effort is required to collect sustainable biomass feedstock to feed additional biomethane production installations. This biomass is available in sufficient quantities, yet innovative novel biomass sources could be unlocked. This TF will assess the results of completed studies and projects. The TF could also explore how using innovative biomass sources for biomethane production in combination with utilisation of digestate as a biogenic fertiliser can lead to a more circular agriculture. If needed additional studies could be tendered.

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Task force 4

Cost efficiency of biomethane production and grid connection

Task Force 4 will identify and facilitate ways to decrease the cost of production and grid connection. Biomethane can contribute to a cost-effective energy transition and while scaling up biomethane, efforts to further drive down production costs can enable continued growth.

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Task force 5

Research, Development and Innovation needs

Task Force 5 will identify the current status of R, D&I in biomethane production, grid connection and end-use applications and will recommend future R, D&I needs. Continuous research, development and innovation (R, D&I) are important for future growth and to increase Europe’s strategic autonomy in green technology.