The Danish biomethane development can be divided into 5 steps, based on milestones in the gas infrastructure development, which have enabled the penetration of biomethane over increasingly larger and contiguous areas: Step 1 "Local", Step 2 "Upgraded", Step 3 "Transmission", Step 4 "Interconnected" and 5 “Continental".
Each of the 5 steps are structured according to 6 parameters. The 6 parameters, which have been essential for the Danish biomethane development, is infrastructure, market, green value, regulation, subsidy scheme and operating economy.
In Denmark, biomethane plays an essential role in the green transition of the gas system and for security of supply
In 2022 the biomethane production is expected to make up 30 % of the total gas consumption, and the Danish Government aims for a 100 % green gas coverage already in 2030 – a target which might very well be achieved even before.
Why is it relevant to take a look at the Danish biomethane experiences?
In the REPowerEU Plan to reduce dependence on Russian fossil fuels, the European Commission has set out a target to increase the current European biomethane production from 3 bcm (2020) up to 35 bcm by 2030.This represents a more than tenfold increase.
35 bcm represents 20-25 % of the European gas imports from Russia (pre Ukraine) and just under 10 % of all gas consumed in the EU. By 2050, 30-40 % of Europe’s total gas consumption can be covered by sustainable biomethane.