Renewable gas certification pilot to unlock net zero future

The NSW Government is set to drive nationwide energy market development with its Renewable Gas Certification Pilot thanks to an industry partnership between the National GreenPower Accreditation Program, Jemena and Energy Networks Australia.

Chair of the National GreenPower Steering Group, Tim Stock said the Renewable Gas Certification Pilot is a key step in the development of a voluntary market for renewable gas.

“It will allow consumers to achieve emissions reductions where they cannot switch to renewable electricity.

“The Government has set a net zero objective for our State and this pilot will help us get there in a way that grows the economy, makes our industry more competitive and puts us ahead of the pack in the low carbon global economy,” Mr Stock said.

“Established in 1997, the GreenPower program has expanded nationally and successfully made renewable electricity available through energy retailers, driving almost $900 million in investment into the renewable energy sector since 2005.

“Supporting renewable gas is an important step to help our industrial and manufacturing sectors decarbonise and give NSW consumers clean energy choices.”

The pilot will design and test a simplified renewable gas registry, which will make renewable gas available to a small number of customers in early 2022. GreenPower will administer the pilot, providing independent verification of the creation and use of renewable gas.

Mr Stock said biomethane produced from existing biomass and waste streams is a major opportunity for decarbonisation and recycling of waste.

“This project aligns with our Net Zero Plan to drive a clean industrial revolution and deliver affordable energy options to consumers while helping our State achieve net zero emissions by 2050,” Mr Stock said.

Jemena Executive General Manager of Energy Networks, Shaun Reardon said the Renewable Gas Certification Pilot would inform the development of a permanent certification scheme for renewable gases.

“This is an important first step that will drive industry investment in renewable gases such as biomethane and hydrogen and make them available to Australian homes and businesses.”

Energy Networks Australia Head of Gas, Dennis Van Puyvelde said ENA was supporting the pilot through customer research and advice on the design of the scheme.

“Customers are looking for options to purchase renewable gas and this requires appropriate certification schemes to be developed,” he said.

Renewable gas producers and large gas customers interested in participating in the pilot can contact GreenPower at: greenpower.admin [at] planning.nsw.gov.au