Biomethane regulations and procedures discussed at Snam’s Workshop

Biomethane regulations and procedures discussed at Snam’s Workshop

San Donato Milanese, 5 December 2016 - Snam’s first Workshop entirely dedicated to biomethane took place today in San Donato Milanese. Round 100 people, representing more than 50 between companies and associations, took part in the event, which was opened by Snam’s Commercial Senior Vice President, Daniele Gamba.

Less than one year after the resolution n. 204/2016/R/gas of 28 April 2016 from Italy’s Regulatory Authority for Electricity Gas and Water, which approved Snam Rete Gas’ Network Code including legal regulations for the injection of biomethane into the gas network, the event provided an opportunity to take stock of the main regulations and procedures in view of the injection of the first flows of biomethane into Snam’s network, expected at the beginning of 2017.

"Biomethane represents an opportunity for innovation in the gas system and for developing a renewable and programmable energy source, with significant benefits in terms of environmental sustainability and positive impacts on the industrial and agricultural sector", commented SVP Daniele Gamba.

The workshop is part of the stakeholder engagement activities carried out by Snam to promote a constant and effective dialogue with market operators.


The benefits of biomethane

Biomethane is a renewable energy source obtained from agricultural and agro-industrial biomasses, which can act as an alternative source to intermittent energies like solar and wind power. Its development, through an upgrading process of biogas that involves anaerobic digestion of agricultural and agro-industrial by-products in specific plants, represents an effective response to the decarbonization targets, enabling the use of existing gas infrastructure and promoting a sustainable and circular economy. With 1,500 anaerobic digestion plants in operation, Italy is now the third largest producer of biogas in the world, with 2 billion cubic meters per year. In 2016, the Italian Biogas Consortium, Snam and Confagricoltura publicly presented a common manifesto to support the Italian biomethane value chain.

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05 December 2016 - 18:38 CET