Work on the implementation of the first Green Gas Registry in Ireland is progressing with the system expected to go-live in Q1 of 2020. The registry will issue a ‘Green Gas Certificate’ for grid injected biomethane and two different tracking methods will be applied.
Where book and claim type certificates are requested, then the registry will issue a Guarantee of Origin (GO). Where the biomethane is to be applied in the biofuels or ETS sectors, then a mass balance type certificate will be required and the registry will issue a Proof of Origin (PO). The intention is to align the Irish registry with the ERGaR voluntary scheme as closely as possible.
Operational processes for the registry are currently being finalised and system options to operate the registry are being explored.
Producers in Ireland will obtain a proof of quality from one of the existing EU Voluntary schemes (ISCC/RedCert/BetterBiomass) in order to demonstrate compliance with sustainability and GHG criteria.
Stephan Bowe, an independent Green Gas advisor in Berlin continues to assist with the project to implement the registry in Ireland.