The potential biogas and biomethane production calculated for 2030 could reach up to 44 bcm, equivalent to 467 TWh, according to a report by the European Biogas Association (EBA). EBA Statistical Report 2020 shows significant growth and potential of biomethane to decarbonize the gas sector.
This sector now produces 167 TWh or 15.8 bcm of biogas and 26 TWh or 2.43 bcm of biomethane. At the end of 2019, we have reached a total of 18,943 biogas plants and 725 biomethane plants across Europe. Biomethane production in 2019 increased by 16% relative to the previous year, the biggest increase in biomethane plants to date.
This suggests that biogas and biomethane can significantly contribute to the decarbonisation of the gas sector, making renewable gases accessible to transport, industry and heating. The European Biogas Association (EBA) has published a press release on the significant growth of the potential of the biomethane sector.
25 January 2021 – The European Biogas Association is launching today an enhanced edition of the EBA Statistical Report. This publication features the most recent data and statistics on the development of the European biogas and biomethane markets, as well as potential growth forecasts for the coming years. It also investigates the state of play of 19 national markets in Europe.
In 2019, the largest increase since 2014 was reported, with an additional 0.39 GW for that year. France is leading the development of the biomethane market with over 1,000 biomethane injection projects at different stages of development in the country.
A clear trend is visible in feedstock usage for biomethane production: 2013 saw the beginning of a move away from energy crops, towards agricultural residues, bio-, and municipal waste, and sewage sludge. From 2017, almost no new plants were established to run on energy crops.
It will be recalled that the Bioenergy Association of Ukraine has been a member of the EBA since 2019.