ABC urges US EPA to recognise biogas’ RFS contribution

The US Environmental Protection (EPA) has proposed a package of actions setting biofuel volumes for the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) programme for 2020, 2021, and 2022. However, the American Biogas Council has the volumes to not accurately reflect biogas' contribution.

Under the RFS, the biogas industry produces gaseous and liquefied RNG, renewable electricity, renewable hydrogen, and can help decarbonise other fuels.

“Thank you to EPA for issuing the renewable volume obligations for next year, which helps the industry continue to develop new projects,” said Patrick Serfass, executive director of the American Biogas Council.

“We appreciate EPA’s recognition of 20-25% annual growth in the D3/cellulosic category, 95% of which is RNG made from biogas. However, we have observed actual industry growth this year that is two times higher. We, therefore, encourage EPA to revise these cellulosic volumes upward in the final rule.

“In addition, we continue to be extremely disappointed that EPA has again failed to recognise renewable electricity from biogas in its volumes, for now the seventh year in a row. We implore the EPA to take action quickly to approve the dozens of projects already registered and again revise the RVO for cellulosic biofuel upward to recognise this additional renewable fuel production for battery and fuel cell electric vehicles.”

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