A new role for green gases in the sustainable transition: EUBIA joint EU Green Week side event

In the European debate on the sustainable transition, green gases are playing a new, fundamental role, especially in the “greening” of cities and communities. EUBIA, in collaboration with EBA and Biorefine Cluster Europe, organised a side event on this topic during the 2018 EU Green Week. The event called “Greening the gas grid for sustainable cities & communities” took place in Brussels on May 24th. It presented an overview on the European framework about biogas and biomass, other than the latest updates from European companies and projects.

On this occasion, we had the pleasure to host several high-level speakers as Mr Thomas Schleker, from DG Research and Innovation, and Bart Martens, environmental advisor at the European Parliament, assistant of MEP Kathleen Van Brempt and former member of the Flemish government. Mr Martens gave an accurate presentation of the recast of Renewable Energy Directive (RED II), stating that the negotiations at EU level should also include a renewable feedstock directive, whilst Mr Schleker presented how Horizon2020 supports innovation for bioenergy and renewable fuels. The event featured an industry-dedicated panel, showing examples from Danish, German and Belgian companies Nature Energy, Landwärme and IOK Afvalbeheer, and was concluded by a session focusing on EU projects willing to unlock the green gases potential: Biogas Action, Biocat and SaltGae.

The event was an enriching occasion to discuss the advantages of a green gas grid in the reduction of GHG emissions, to make Europe comply with the climate and sustainable targets of COP21.

If you want to know more about the discussion do not hesitate to contact us at eubia@eubia.org