‘Green gas’ certification supported by U.K. energy suppliers


Gaynor Hartnell,
Chief Executive,
Renewable Energy
London, U.K. — (METERING.COM) — March 9, 2011 – A certification scheme that will bring certainty to U.K. consumers that the gas they buy is totally “green” is being supported by some of the nation’s leading energy providers.

The Green Gas Certification Scheme (GGCS), which has been established by the Renewable Energy Association, tracks biomethane – “green gas” – through the supply chain from its injection into the gas distribution network to when it is sold on to an end-use consumer. The scheme is supported by suppliers British Gas, E.ON, National Grid and Thames Water, as well as Bio Group, Milton Keynes Council, and CNG Services Ltd.

“There is huge interest in renewable gas,” commented Gaynor Hartnell, chief executive of the Renewable Energy Association which, via its subsidiary Renewable Energy Assurance Ltd, is running the new certification system. “I’m delighted that we’ve now got two sites up and running. More are set to follow once the Renewable Heat Incentive starts later in the year.”

The new GGCS is open to a wide range of participants across the U.K., including green gas producers, suppliers and other traders. End-use consumers receive a certificate notifying them of the individual identifiers associated with the scheme.

Biomethane is a form of renewable energy, and can be made from biogas from anaerobic digestion, landfill gas or syngas from synthetic gas production. If injected into the grid it displaces the same amount of conventional gas.