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September 29th Issue of Greenlane Digest

The Greenlane Digest

September 29, 2023

Hi and welcome to our weekly recap, where we take a closer look at the RNG industry, with the latest stories and information on how we are accelerating the energy transition. Make sure you forward our newsletter to your fellow energy accelerators!

RNG Coalition, EBA ally to advance market-based approach to global GHG framework

The Coalition for Renewable Natural Gas (RNG Coalition), together with the European Biogas Association (EBA), met last week with Pankaj Bhatia, global director of the Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Protocol at World Resources Institute (WRI), at New York Climate Week. Leaders discussed growing supply and utilization of RNG/biomethane in North America and Europe and explored avenues for future collaboration to facilitate the accounting and reporting of RNG crediting under the GHG Protocol.

Discussions during Climate Week focused on the significant growth of RNG on both continents. The North American RNG movement is on pace for further tenfold growth by 2030 from 2020 levels, with nearly 500 RNG facilities currently in construction or advanced planning phases across the continent. The  European Union’s visionary goal for RNG is to supply 35 billion cubic meters (bcm) of biomethane by 2030. 

The meeting between RNG Coalition, EBA, and WRI signaled significant progress toward incorporating a market-based approach to RNG crediting within the GHG Protocol. In the coming months, RNG Coalition, in coordination with EBA, will provide invaluable expertise to WRI regarding the certification and documentation of RNG and other renewable gases in North America and the EU. These efforts will establish a solid foundation for the global RNG market by providing credible evidence of the environmental benefits of RNG, a low-carbon gaseous fuel derived from the captured methane emissions of society’s organic waste streams.

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Naturgy to build its sixth biomethane plant in Spain

Naturgy is set to build its sixth biomethane production plant in Spain and the first in Andalusia in the municipality of Utrera (Seville). The Utrera project, which is currently in administrative processing, will be one of the largest in Naturgy's portfolio, with an annual production capacity of 40 GWh of biomethane, potentially supplying more than 10,500 Andalusian homes. 

This is the first RNG project that Naturgy is embarking upon in Andalusia, and is the second autonomous community in terms of biomethane production potential in Spain due to the large volume of agricultural and livestock resources that can be treated to obtain biomethane, according to the firm. 

Specifically, the Utrera plant will be able to recover 68,000 tons of waste from agriculture and livestock each year, promoting the territory's circular economy and its transition towards a more sustainable economic model, added Naturgy. The renewable gas obtained in the process will be injected into the network of Nedgia, the gas distributor of the Naturgy group, for consumption by homes and companies. Naturgy already manages more than 60 biomethane projects in different phases of development. 

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Accelerating the energy transition

Greenlane (TSX:GRN) is driving change: accelerating the energy transition to a net-zero emissions economy. We are cleaning up two of the largest and most difficult to decarbonize sectors of the global energy system: the natural gas grid and commercial transportation.

As a pioneer and leading specialist in biogas upgrading, we have been actively contributing to the decarbonization of our planet for over 35 years. The systems we provide transform biogas generated from organic waste into high-value grid-ready renewable natural gas (“RNG”).

Our systems produce clean, low-carbon and carbon-negative RNG from organic waste sources including agriculture (such as dairy and hog manure), water resource recovery facilities, food waste, landfills, and sugar mills. Greenlane is the only biogas upgrading company offering and actively deploying the three main upgrading technologies: waterwash, pressure swing adsorption, and membrane separation, plus proprietary biogas desulfurization technology. Greenlane has delivered over 140 biogas upgrading systems into 19 countries, including some of the largest RNG production facilities in the world.