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The Green Gas Support Scheme (GGSS), a government scheme designed to support the deployment of new anaerobic digestion (AD) biomethane plants and increase the amount of green gas in the gas grid, has officially launched in the UK.

Open to applicants in England, Scotland and Wales, GGSS will provide support to registered biomethane producers, with payments based on the amount of eligible biomethane being injected into the gas grid.

It has also been announced that The Green Gas Certification Scheme (GGCS) will be one of two approved certification schemes evidencing green gas supply within the Green Gas Levy (GGL) – an obligation placed on all licenced gas suppliers in Great Britain, in order to fund the GGSS. Exemptions apply to those suppliers providing its customers with more than 95% green gas during the compliance year.

Kiara Zennaro, Head of Heat at the REA, who has previously written a guest blog for Energy Now on the future of the AD sector (see here) said:

“The REA warmly welcomes the launch of the GGSS to support biomethane injection into the gas grid and the announcement that our subsidiary GGCS will be listed as an Approved Certification Schemes for evidencing green gas supply.

“Decarbonising the UK’s extensive grid with biomethane and other green gases is absolutely vital to achieving Net Zero and help move away from fossil gas, whilst delivering wider benefits to the farming, industry and waste sectors. GGCS’s hard work to implement credible and robust processes ensures customers can be fully confident their green gas is 100% renewable.”

Ofgem, who are administering the scheme on behalf of BEIS, have published full details of both the GGSS and the GGL on their website, including details on how to apply.

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