Green Gas - what is it and where does it come from?
As consumers and businesses we are all becoming more conscious on the impact our choices are having on the environment and what we can do to help. With the Government introducing new ways to support low carbon heating with schemes and grants, Green Gas is a word that you may have heard being used a lot more recently. 2020 saw the amount of Green Gas produced increase by almost 50% compared to 2019, but what it is and where it comes from?
What is Green Gas?
Green Gas, also known as biomethane is made from biodegradable materials and is used in the same way as fossil fuels are within your business – whether that be to heat it or to cook!
However the main difference between Green Gas and fossil fuels is that Green Gas is produced from renewable sources.
Where does Green Gas come from?
Green Gas is made at an anaerobic digestion plant where bacteria is used to break down organic matter such as food, farm waste and agricultural crops in order to release biogas. The biogas is purified and turned into biomethane, which is then injected into the gas grid and piped to businesses and homes across the UK.
What are the benefits of Green Gas?
There are many benefits of Green Gas supply for your businesses, including; a reduction in your carbon emissions and contributing to a more sustainable future.
Green Gas is virtually carbon neutral and reduces the need to import fossil fuels.
Future of Green Gas
Currently there are over 570 operational anaerobic digestion plants in the UK, and although this may sound like a lot there is currently not enough production throughout the UK to make Green Gas a cost competitive equivalent to fossil fuels.
This is changing however, investment in green gas is increasing and the new schemes will provide support for injecting Green Gas into the grid, along with a Clean Heat Grant Scheme.
Although the full details are yet to be disclosed, the Green Gas Levy will also support the production of Green Gas – making it more desirable for businesses to invest.
Although predominantly a shipper and supplier of natural gas, at CNG we recognise that in order to help reverse climate change the creation of a carbon free future for energy is essential.
Our transition to renewable energy began in 2017 with the supply of Green Gas from 100% renewable UK sources, as an alternative option to customers. If you would like to speak to us about our green gas offering and the options available to your business, please give us a call on 01423 502554.