Biogas commerce our bodies and corporations name for an pressing rethink on GHG Protocol steering for company biomethane use reporting




Over 50 biogas and biomethane commerce associations and corporations from around the globe have written to the World Assets Institute (WRI), administrator of the Greenhouse Gasoline Protocol,1 calling for a rethink of its place on the usage of biomethane certificates for greenhouse fuel reporting by company fuel customers. 

The GHG Protocol is globally recognised because the main GHG accounting customary. Till lately, corporates eager to decarbonise their emissions bought biomethane certificates and reported this as a part of their Scope 1 emissions accounting.2 This led to funding in new biomethane manufacturing infrastructure, which the world critically wants to chop methane emissions from natural wastes and generate inexperienced fuel, biofertilisers and bioCO2, however it will not be doable beneath the proposed new steering.

Of their letter to Pankaj Bhatia, International Director of the GHG Protocol at WRI, the World Biogas Affiliation is joined by nationwide commerce our bodies from throughout Europe, North and Latin America, Africa and Oceania, in addition to stakeholders together with main operators akin to TotalEnergies, Nature Vitality, Clarke Vitality and Engie to specific their concern in regards to the impression of the proposed new “Land Sector and Removals Steerage3 on the manufacturing of biomethane. 

Particularly, the signatories ask for the removing of Annex B of the steering and for the reinstatement of the present steering permitting corporations to buy biomethane certificates as a part of their Scope 1 reporting.4 The brand new steering requires bodily supply of biomethane to company shoppers through devoted pipelines or highway transport, moderately than through present fuel grids, which is logistically and commercially unviable, and can result in elevated emissions. 

The proposed modifications have the potential to instantly halve funding in a renewable know-how that would ship one third of at the moment’s world pure fuel consumption, half of the International Methane Pledge and a ten% discount in whole world greenhouse fuel emissions, in addition to create tens of millions of inexperienced jobs”, explains Charlotte Morton, WBA Chief Govt. “Alongside the numerous different signatories, we name on the WRI to take away the Annex and work with the sector to develop standards to make sure that biomethane certificates proof actual decarbonisation.” 


Notes(1)   Developed in 2015, The GHG Protocol establishes complete world standardized frameworks to measure and handle greenhouse fuel (GHG) emissions from non-public and public sector operations, worth chains and mitigation actions.

(2)    The framework for corporations to measure and handle their GHG emissions is established inside three ‘scopes’:

  • scope 1 emissions are direct emissions from companies (e.g. utilizing fossil fuels);
  • scope 2 are from the acquisition of vitality (e.g. for heating or electrical energy); and
  • scope 3 are oblique emissions related to enterprise actions and the provision chain.

(3)    The draft “Land Sector and Removals Steerage” is a complement to the GHG Protocol Company Accounting and Reporting Normal, which establishes the methodology for companies to hold out inventories of greenhouse fuel (GHG) emissions of their operations and report on their use of inexperienced options to fossil fuel, akin to biomethane.

(4)    Below the present steering, it’s particularly said that an organization which purchases biogas or biomethane through a contractual instrument, compliant with the ‘GHG Protocol Scope 2 High quality Standards’, could report scope 1 emissions for biomethane utilizing the market-based technique and utilizing a particular emission issue. Because of this, certificates from the AD sector grew to become a lovely technique of evidencing GHG discount throughout all kinds of industries, and supported funding of recent biomethane manufacturing infrastructure, which is vital if the world is to attain its 2030 local weather targets and maintain alive the potential of assembly the 1.5 diploma goal.