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Denmark celebrates record amount of biogas in gas system

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At the end of 2021, a record amount of biogas was recorded in Denmark’s gas system.

The amount of biogas injected into the gas system corresponded to just under 25% of gas consumption in the country, Energinet reported. By comparison, at the end of 2020, biogas accounted for approximately 21% of gas consumption.

Biogas plants in Denmark have never before supplied as much biogas to the Danish gas system than they did in 2021. Jeppe Danø, vice president and head of the electricity and gas market departments at Energinet, said he is pleased with the increase and that it helps to provide consumers with access to a green energy source while reducing CO2 emissions in the system.

“Gas in the Danish system can now increasingly be called renewable,” said Danø. “It is important that the share of biogas increases, as we are facing a huge transition of our energy system and our society, a transition where we must achieve an energy system with net emissions of zero CO2 by 2050. In order to get there, we need to reduce CO2 emissions from the energy we consume.”

Since 2013, 51 biogas facilities have been connected to the gas system. One facility is connected directly to the transmission system at Bevtoft, while other facilities are connected throughout Denmark.

Analysis conducted in 2021 revealed this growth is expected to continue so that biogas will cover 75% of Danish gas consumption by 2030. In 2034, biogas production is expected to be able to fully meet Danish gas demand.