Government ratifies Biogas Roadmap

El Gobierno aprueba la Hoja de Ruta del Biogás

The Spanish Cabinet, on the proposal of the Ministry for Ecological Transition and Demographic Challenge (MITECO), has ratified the Biogas Roadmap. The document identifies the challenges and opportunities for the development of this renewable gas and proposes a 3.8-fold increase in production, to over 10.4 Twh, by 2030.

With the emphasis on waste recovery (agricultural, agri-food and municipal waste, as well as sewage sludge), the roadmap will promote the use of biogas in two main ways: the production of electricity and heat – especially for industry – and the production of a sustainable biofuel for mobility. A Ministerial Order currently being processed will set out the legal bases for the distribution of 150 million euros in aid.

The development of biogas, particularly important in the current European context, will prevent the emission of approximately 2.1 million tonnes of CO2 equivalent per annum. It will also serve to reduce energy dependency and reinforce the circular economy. Moreover, it will prevent rural depopulation through the creation of a broad business value chain.

The use of biogas in transport will help meet the 2021-2030 Spanish National Energy and Climate Plan (NECP) target of covering 28% of transport needs with renewable energy by 2030, as well as the European 2030 market penetration target of 3.5% for advanced biofuels.

Biogas a strategic priority

Biogas deployment is amongst the measures set out in the NECP. It is also included in the Spanish Recovery Transformation and Resilience Plan (PRTR), which is financed through European Next Generation funds, and forms part of the Strategic Project for the Recovery and Economic Transformation of Renewable Energies, Renewable Hydrogen and Storage (PERTE ERHA).

The first grants associated with component 7 of the PRTR for the “Deployment and integration of renewable energies” will soon be issued for biogas facilities that contribute to the decarbonisation of different sectors of the economy. Eligible facilities include anaerobic digestion facilities for heat production, electricity generation, cogeneration or biomethane production; or digestate treatment facilities. A budget of 150 million will be made available for the promotion of biogas. The draft Ministerial Order setting out the bases for this aid is currently being processed.