01 December, 2015

Launch of a national biogas strategy

A target of 15 TWh of biogas by 2030 and a whole series of prioritised control measures and key actions are included in a proposed national biogas strategy that will be presented today. The proposal is the outcome of what has been unique, across-the-board collaboration with representatives from leading biogas producers, distributors and users.

The proposed national biogas strategy – due to be presented today at a seminar in Stockholm – has attracted considerable interest in many quarters. Six of the parliamentary energy policy spokespersons will take part along with representatives from the project group and the reference group. The reference group includes companies such as SSAB, Volvo, Preem and Ikea.

The proposal emphasises the numerous societal benefits of biogas, as outlined in a range of climate, environment, employment and export policies, making biogas a unique resource on every level.

The proposed national target is 15 TWh of biogas by 2030, of which an estimated 12 TWh will be needed within the transport sector, equating to the figure arrived at in the government enquiry Fossilfrihet på väg (Fossil Free on the Road). It is estimated that in the light of increased demand for high-value green fuel, biogas use in industry will reach 3 TWh by 2030. 

To achieve this target, it is proposed that parliament and the government decide on a series of prioritised control measures:

-    Extend the tax exemption for biogas beyond 2020 and include biogas in the compulsory quota system once it has been fully developed.

-    Introduce a nationally applicable definition of 'environmental truck' with a related subsidy that can form the basis for procurement of cleaner-running vehicles.

-    Propose a gas-powered bus subsidy similar to the one proposed for buses powered by electricity.  

-    Introduce an investment fund for the production of advanced biofuels.

-    Decide on specific production support for biogas that will generate double the environmental and societal benefit through a series of measures that would include utilisation of residual products, collection of food waste and the taking up surplus nitrogen.

The strategy also emphasises the importance of biogas becoming an integral part of political initiatives that are already in progress. The EU directive on the deployment of an alternative fuels infrastructure must be utilised in such a way that the introduction of gas-powered vehicles and ships is reinforced alongside improved access to biogas. The bonus-malus system that is currently being examined must be designed to ensure gas-powered vehicles receive a substantial bonus in recognition of their climate and societal benefits. In addition, the reduced benefit tax for company car users who choose a gas-powered vehicle ought to continue after 2019.

The proposed national biogas strategy has been produced by the Skåne Region, the Swedish Gas Association and the infrastructure company Swedegas in collaboration with a broad-based reference group.

Download the entire strategy proposal (in Swedish) here or an abridged version (in Swedish) here.

For further information, please contact:

Maria Malmkvist, Swedish Gas Association, phone +46 (0)76-803 39 29, maria.malmkvist@energigas.se

Hanna Paradis, Swedegas, phone +46 (0)31-43 93 19, hanna.paradis@swedegas.se

Jerker Bjurnemark, Skåne Region, phone. +46 (0)44-309 33 44, jerker.bjurnemark@skane.se

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