GreenPower launches its Renewable Gas Certification Pilot for businesses
On 24 August 2023, GreenPower launched a new renewable gas certification to help commercial and industrial gas users directly support renewable gas projects and reduce emissions from energy use.
The Renewable Gas Certification Pilot’s key objective is to support decarbonisation in Australia by displacing fossil natural gas use in hard-to-abate sectors with low-emissions renewable gas. The pilot will certify biogas, biomethane and renewable hydrogen projects in Australia and allow them to create renewable gas certificates that can be sold to commercial and industrial gas users. These business customers can match their fossil natural gas use with low-emission renewable gas by purchasing the certificates. This also directly supports renewable gas production in Australia.
The Pilot is using the established Green Gas Certification Scheme registry platform for registering Australian renewable gas projects and tracking the status of certificates. In the registry, Producers will be able to create and transfer certificates, which can be purchased by gas users. The registry platform is owned by Renewable Energy Assurance Limited.
The Malabar Biomethane Injection Plant is scheduled to become the first renewable gas facility registered under the certification. The Malabar project is using biogas from wastewater to produce biomethane, and injecting it into the NSW gas distribution network. This is an Australian-first project operated by Jemena Gas Networks with support from the Australian Renewable Energy Agency.
Renewable gas project developers are encouraged to contact GreenPower early in the project design process to discuss how the Pilot can support them. Projects that have reached financial close can now apply to participate in the Pilot here.