How Does Green Gas Work?

Green Gas biomethane

We’re supporting our clients to achieve their Net Zero objectives with a range of measures, starting with understanding how they consume energy and then designing, implementing and measuring their renewable energy strategy.

Recently we’ve been working extensively with a number of partners to explore green gas solutions. As a result, we thought it would be beneficial to explain a little more about how this renewable energy solution can support your objectives and explore how eyebright consultants facilitate

The government supports the Green Gas Support Scheme (GGSS) and is funded by the Green Gas Levy. There are strict production rules that must be followed, which our renewable energy consultants would be delighted to tell you more about.

How do you produce green gas?

There are over 80 green gas plants connected to the grid in the UK at present (source: https://www.greengas.org.uk/green-gas). These producers are issued with Renewable Gas Guarantees of Origin (RGGOs).

To create biomethane, a process called anaerobic digestion is required. It takes millions of years to produce natural gas (and requires decomposed remains of animals and plants under immense pressure and heat), green gas is manufactured using farm and food waste until it creates biogas. The biogas is converted to biomethane via a purification process then injected into the gas grid. The biomethane and natural gas then flow through the same network.

Whilst the production process is environmentally friendly – by converting waste into gas – biomethane is also carbon neutral to burn and further protects the planet when it’s consumed. Biomethane’s organic properties mean that when it’s used, it’s not producing anymore carbon dioxide and is considered to be an environmentally friendly solution.

Green gas into the grid

When the green gas is transported (traditionally through the grid, but it can also be transferred via other means) the gas is sold with a RGGO to confirm that a certain quantity of biomethane has been produced.

Businesses wishing to enhance their renewable energy credentials and focus on reaching their Net Zero targets can purchase the gas/RGGO from a supplier. Direct relationships between green gas producers and businesses are also possible.

Green gas and RGGOS

Renewable Gas Guarantees of Origin (RGGOs) enable businesses to purchase certificates to evidence that they’re contributing to a greener, cleaner environment. The certificates can match their consumption and they’re allowed to promote the environmental benefits.

Green gas is often distributed throughout the grid, so it’s impossible to say, but unlikely, that 100% of the gas consumed by the business will be from renewable sources. However, the RGGOs provide evidence that the company has invested in renewable solutions and are permitted to factor the environmentally friendly gas into their sustainability strategy.

How can we help?

At eyebright, we act as your consultant to discuss your business objectives in regards to energy procurement, consumption and monitoring. Our duty is to advise you on your options, whether that’s green gas, power purchasing agreements or other business utility requirements.

We want to ensure you have all the facts, both positive and negative, to make an informed decision. Furthermore, we can give you our recommendations and justifications on our advice.

Once a strategy has been developed, we will represent you to put the plan into action, monitoring and taking responsibility for every stage of the journey. Thereafter, we work with you to ensure the solution meets your objectives and provide reports on everything from energy consumption to market trends.

If you would like discuss how eyebright’s renewable energy consultants can assist you, please call 0141 530 4152.

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