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  • The Benefits of Injecting Biomethane into the Gas Distribution Network

    • Environmental BenefitsCow


      Greenhouse gas reductions

      Biomethane can make a significant contribution to meeting the challenging 2050 greenhouse gas and waste reduction targets. The upgrading and gas grid injection of biomethane offers the greatest contribution to meeting our renewable energy targets when compared with alternative uses for biogas.

      Contribute to security of supply

      Biomethane introduces an indigenous gas supply, offsetting fossil gas which reduces our reliance on imports, securing a percentage of our supply for future generations. Renewable gas from waste-to-energy schemes is a reliable source of renewable energy with a secure feedstock.

      National Grid has thought about the possible pathways to the 2050 target of an 80 per cent reduction in CO2/CH4 gases. The analysis demonstrates that continued use of gas, particularly to meet peak heat demand, is the economically viable option compared to the prohibitive scale of investment associated with the full electrification of heat. Biomethane can make a significant contribution to meeting the challenging 2050 greenhouse gas and waste reduction targets. The upgrading and gas grid injection of biomethane offers the greatest contribution to meeting our renewable energy targets when compared with alternative uses for biogas.

  •  Benefits DoncasterEconomic Benefits 

    Cost effective connections

    Britain benefits from an existing gas distribution network with comprehensive coverage, reaching over 80 per cent of UK homes. The gas grid is an extremely valuable UK resource, providing reliable energy delivery using established support infrastructures and supply chains.

    Blending of natural gas with biomethane, coupled with energy efficiency measures such as insulation, enables us to use the existing gas infrastructure to help meet greenhouse gas targets. By contrast, a move to complete dependence on electricity for heating would require very significant investment in flexible generation and network reinforcement.

    Existing appliances can be used without adjustment

    Biomethane injected into the grid does not require any household changes to be made to existing appliances. Modern boilers will burn renewable gas efficiently and enable customers to benefit from this renewable energy supply without the cost and disruption that would be associated with replacing existing appliances.