Clear answers to all your green gas and green gas register questions.

Green gas is not well known yet by the general public. As a green gas expert, is happy to show you the way. We have already collected and answered the most important questions.

What are green gas certificates?

A green gas certificate proves that a certain amount of gas was produced in a green way in an installation recognised by the green gas register, from known raw materials and on a known date. The certificate is also known as the Green Gas Certificate.

What does the Green Gas Register do?

Green gas register is the organisation that certifies green gas production in Belgium. It keeps a close eye on how much green gas is produced and used and by whom. The green gas register is a system with which the green value of gas can be used separately from the physical gas flow.

Where can I buy green gas as a consumer?

Consumers can purchase green gas through the gas supplier. If a supplier offers the possibility, he will purchase, deploy and debit a proportional amount of Green Gas Certificates for the gas use of the consumer. The green value of the green gas is therefore insured for the consumer.

Am I entitled to a subsidy with a Green Gas Certificate?

The Green Gas Certificate issued by the register only has a commercial purpose and does not give entitlement to subsidies from a regional or national government in Belgium. It is possible that a Green Gas Certificate is recognized in other Member States for operational support to the consumer.

Why do I need a Mass Balance of Green Gas Certificates?

The Mass Balance is especially important for the consumer, if he wants the commercial and financial flow and the flow of the Green Gas Certificates to coincide. The Mass Balance is therefore not an obligation in itself, unless it concerns the use of biomethane for transport purposes. The principle of mass balancing is mandatory there.

What is the difference between Mass Balance and Book & Claim?

With a Book & Claim, the Green Gas Certificate is entered by a trader from the register without the consumer being explicitly mentioned. The trader can then freely offer and trade the Green Gas Certificate without the register following the further flow and final consumption thereof. In this way, the registry can no longer guarantee the mere use of the certificate. With a Mass Balance, the Green Gas Certificates are explicitly used by a consumer at a specific EAN point, so that only use can be demonstrated. It is and remains the responsibility of the trader and the consumers not to double use the Green Gas Certificates.

Can I use the Green Gas Certificate abroad?

In principle, a Green Gas Certificate if it is booked out according to Book & Claim can be traded abroad. The register does, however, strives to connect with foreign ERGaR registers to facilitate transparent export and import of Green Gas Certificates and to guarantee the mass balance across borders.

Is a CO 2 equivalent saving calculated for the production of biomethane and how much is it approximately?

The register asks the auditor of an installation to calculate the CO2 emissions according to the European Biograce model. This CO2 emission is different for each installation, but amounts to an average of 20 g / kWh, which means a reduction of 91.5%. If an installation captures the CO2 emissions and then processes it further, the emissions can be reduced to zero or become negative themselves.

Can I use the Green Gas Certificate as evidence for the European Emissions Trading System (EU ETS)?

Today, the Green Gas Certificate in Belgium cannot be used as evidence, unlike other countries such as Denmark and the United Kingdom. According to the Renewable Energy Directive (RED II) this is not excluded, but it is up to the member states to decide whether or not to allow it.


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