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REA establishes new certification scheme

A new scheme has been launched in the UK that will confirm to consumers that green gas is in fact that.

Established by the Renewable Energy Association (REA) working with Bio Group, British Gas, E.ON, National Grid, Milton Keynes Council, Thames Water and CNG Services, the Green Gas Certification Scheme (GGSC) tracks biomethane through the supply chain to provide certainty for those that buy it.

'The Green Gas Certification Scheme is a simple and reliable way to eliminate double-counting of registered green gas,' says Steve Sharratt, the chief executive of Bio Group, which designed, constructed and operates the Suffolk, Southwold-based Adnams Bio Energy plant.

'By tracking the commercial transactions of biomethane through the supply chain it provides certainty for consumers who buy the gas, confidence in the green gas sector and an incentive for gas producers to inject green gas into the grid,' Sharratt continues.

British Gas is also backing the scheme. Mark Bugler, head of renewable gas, states: 'As partners in the UK's first two biomethane-to-grid pilot projects British Gas are pleased to be one of the founding members of the Green Gas Certification Scheme. This scheme is key in allowing us to track green gas from injection into the grid through to our customers.'

Speaking about the GGCS, National Grid's CEO for gas distribution John Pettigrew says: 'The Green Gas Certification Scheme is a great step forward for renewable gas, stimulating demand from consumers who want to reduce their carbon footprint.'

The GGCS tracks any contractual trading of the injected gas through to its sale to end-use consumers who receive a certificate notifying them of the individual identifiers associated with it. The platform through which the gas is tracked and authenticated has been created by web development agency SAV.

'There is huge interest in renewable gas,' claims Gaynor Hartnell, chief executive of the REA. '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 certification scheme is open to a wide range of participants across the UK, including green gas producers, suppliers and other traders.