TotalEnergies to supply certified sustainable biomethane to Saint-Gobain
The biogas will be produced at TotalEnergies' BioBéarn plant, which became operational at the beginning of this year. The contract solely covers commercial-scale biogas - the biomethane is non-subsidised.
The plant's production has been certified sustainable by ISCC, which TotalEnergies said is the highest sustainability criteria of the European Union's (EU) REDII Directive. TotalEnergies is one of the first producers to have obtained this certification in France.
Following Saint-Gobain's sustainable certification and TotalEnergies' acquisition of the Guarantees of Origin, it will be able attest to the decarbonisation of its energy consumption in France under the EU Emissions Trading Scheme, said TotalEnergies.
“With this contract, TotalEnergies is supporting Saint-Gobain in its efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in France, in line with TotalEnergies' ambition to help its customers decarbonise their activities. It is also a first step towards the emergence in Europe of a merchant biomethane market, allowing the development of production without public subsidies," said Stéphane Michel, president gas, renewables & power at TotalEnergies.
"This contract is also in line with our ambition to actively participate in the development of biogas in France, and more widely in the world.”
"The signing of this contract opens up promising prospects for biomethane players to develop infrastructures on the French territory. This first for Saint-Gobain in France demonstrates the intention to diversify the sourcing of decarbonised energy, supporting the development and viability of new local energy networks. This decarbonised energy supply is also part of Saint-Gobain's commitment to reduce its CO2 emissions by 33% (from scopes 1 and 2) by 2030 compared with 2017, and to reach carbon neutrality by 2050," said Thierry Fournier, general director of Saint-Gobain France.