The First Guarantees for Green Gas of European Origin have been granted

The first 10 megawatt-hours (MWh) of green gas were imported to Lithuania through the guarantee of origin system, for which Amber Grid, as the National Register of Guarantees of Origin of gas produced from renewable energy sources, provided guarantees of origin. The country of origin of this green biomethane gas is Denmark and the gas was purchased by the Lithuanian company SG Dujos. The guarantee of origin of green gas confirms that the gas has been produced using renewable energy sources.

“The first guarantees of imported origin show that even in the absence of local production of biomethane and green hydrogen, there is already a demand for green gas in Lithuania,” says Vytautas Ruolia, Commercial Director of Amber Grid. According to him, this need will undoubtedly increase in 2022, when the requirements of the Law on Alternative Fuels for the use of biofuels in the transport sector will come into force, as well as when green gas production projects in Lithuania will be implemented in the coming years.

“The system that allows registering and monitoring the origin and use of produced green gas in Lithuania and providing an opportunity to exchange guarantees of origin between EU countries is already working in practice. We will continue to work to expand its potential for international trade in green gas with a variety of uses. The functioning system of guarantees of origin creates opportunities to use more of green, renewable energy in the Lithuanian industrial, transport and energy sectors and thus contribute to the achievement of climate change mitigation goals,” says V. Ruolia.

A system of guarantees of origin for green gas is beneficial for producers and consumers of green gas, i.e. biomethane and green hydrogen, seeking to use green energy produced in Lithuania or the European Union in their activities. The developed and operating system of guarantees of origin provides opportunities to increase the share of renewable sources in the total portfolio of produced or consumed energy.

“Although biogas from waste is already produced in Lithuania and other Baltic countries, it is inferior to biomethane in its purity and has limited potential for use, while biomethane produced from renewable energy sources is already equivalent in its purity to natural gas and can be used as a vehicle fuel and a zero-emission fuel for industry purposes. We plan to use the first 10 megawatt hours of biomethane purchased to promote the development of green gas vehicles in Lithuania. We hope that in the next few years the trade in biomethane will become a daily practice and in the European biomethane market we will not only become the importing country based on guarantees granted, but also produce biomethane for local use and export as well as transport biomethane through pipelines together with natural gas,” says Virginijus Korsakas, CEO at SG Dujos.

Green gas supplied to gas networks is produced from biomass and other renewable energy sources. The guarantee of origin is granted for one unit of energy, i.e. one megawatt hour (MWh) supplied to the gas networks. The Register of Guarantees of Origin records the granting, transfer and cancellation of guarantees of origin. No more than one guarantee of origin is provided for each unit of energy from renewable sources, thus ensuring that there is no double counting of renewable energy amount at both national and international levels. The Register is also required to supervise and control the use, import and export of guarantees of origin.

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