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German bioenergy associations outline legislative demands

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The first talks between Germany’s federal government and the federal states on amendments to the Renewable Energy Sources Act (EEG) will take place this week. The EEG is a series of German laws that originally provided a feed-in-tariff (FIT) scheme to boost generation of renewable electricity.

Hauptstadtbüro Bioenergie (the Bioenergy Capital Office), a collective of four German bioenergy associations, said that amendments made to the EEG in 2020 will represent a “tipping point” for the sector. The organisation has released a statement highlighting the need for action and calling for the EEG amendments to include implementing the 2030 climate protection programme and a “stabilised path” for the bioenergy sector.

Sandra Rostek, head of the Bioenergy Capital Office, said: “With the 2020 EEG amendment, it is not finally necessary to make clear decisions for bioenergy – it is a tipping point for our industry.

“2020 is the year of the essential course for bioenergy and it is therefore imperative to implement the 2030 climate protection programme. This is where the goal is anchored to keep electricity generation from biomass at around 42 billion kWh, at about the current level, by 2030.”

The Bioenergy Capital Office stressed that investments in bioenergy must continue to ensure a reliable framework for the sector to achieve its sustainability goals. The organisation stated that the implementation periods for tenders under the EEG must be extended, as the current period of 18-24 months is not enough time to get from groundbreaking to commissioning, particularly for large wood-fired plants and waste-based biogas facilities.

The group is also calling on the reduction of methane emissions from livestock farming outlined in the 2030 climate protection programme to be implemented by increasing the use of anaerobic digestion and biogas production.