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.
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 members, including representatives of the European Commission, Member States and the biomethane value chain. The secretariat is responsible for day-to day operations of the BIP. The Support Group (SG) represents the biomethane value chain in the BIP and financially supports the secretariat, comprising up to twenty individual companies and the European Biogas Association.
The work of the Biomethane Industrial Partnership is 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.