Berlin, 12.11.18

Parallel-Forum: Biomethane in the transport sector

Biomethane’s importance in the transport sector is constantly increasing. This is reflected in the rising sales figures in many countries for this CO2-neutral fuel. Recognized by the EU and supported in many European countries, biomethane is enjoying a head wind when it comes to conquering fuel markets. This will be the opening topic of the workshop “Biomethane in the transport sector - an international perspective” during the 16th International Conference on Renewable Mobility "Fuels of the Future" on 21/22 January 2019 in Berlin. Andrea Gerini, Natural & bio Gas Vehicle Association (NGVA Europe), reports in his lecture on key current policy parameters in Europe, such as quotas, the tax climate for biofuels, promotion mechanisms and acceptance by vehicle manufacturers.

Zoltan Elek, Landwärme GmbH, will address European regulations in greater detail. His lecture will discuss how the new legal framework influences use of biomethane as a fuel, along with the chances and challenges for biomethane as a result of the amended Renewable Energy Directive II. The focus will be on the introduction of new standard values and on opportunities arising from the sub-quota for advanced fuels.

Using Great Britain by way of example, John Baldwin, CNG Fuels examines market penetration of biomethane in national fuel markets. Aspects such as incentive mechanisms to promote use of biomethane by fleet operators and government support measures come to the fore in his presentation.

Biomethane also enjoys broad acceptance as a fuel in the far north of Europe, a region renowned for making environmental protection and sustainability top priorities. In his lecture Mr. Mattias Svensson, Sheepbrook Consulting, will report on experiences from ongoing projects in Scandinavia.

The next speaker, Jörgen Ejlertsson, Scandinavian Biogas, comes from the same region too and will be talking about a newly built biomethane liquefaction plant that is also the world's largest. Industrial organic waste is deployed as the raw material for biomethane manufacture. The fuel produced is to be used in vehicles and ships. Ejlertsson also reports on market opportunities for liquefied biomethane and his company’s plans to conquer the fuel market in Norway.

On the second day of the conference, 11 forums will offer a broad spectrum of topics from all areas of renewable energies in the mobility sector. International experts will present news on technical developments, research, certification, market analysis and trade flows, as well as discussing the relevant issues with conference participants.  Both these forums and the exhibitor forum with exhibition stands will also offer scope for professional exchanges and networking.

German Bioenergy Association (BBE)
Markus Hartmann
Tel.: +49 (0) 228/81002-22
hartmann (at) bioenergie .de