Green gas consultation goes live

The government has opened a consultation on the proposed Green Gas Levy, which was first announced in March 2020.

With the potential to prevent as much as 21.6 million tonnes of CO2 entering the atmosphere, the Green Gas Levy promises only minimal costs for consumers – starting at just 11 pence per month.

Energy Minister Kwasi Kwarteng said: “Reaching net zero means reducing emissions across our entire energy system, including the way we heat our homes and businesses.

“This new funding will support an ambitious scheme to decarbonise the gas grid that will prevent millions of tonnes of carbon dioxide from entering the atmosphere – another step towards reaching net zero by 2050 at minimal cost to UK bill payers.”

The levy will play a key role in supporting the government’s UK-wide green economic recovery by funding the Green Gas Support Scheme, which will help bring investment into rural areas of Great Britain and support jobs in this sector.

More biomethane plants will be built as a result of the funding from the levy, leading to more biomethane being injected into the grid. This will also benefit society by boosting our carbon savings, and making an important contribution to the UK’s efforts to mitigate the impacts of climate change. The launch of the consultation has been welcomed by the gas industry.

Charlotte Morton, Chief Executive of the Anaerobic Digestion and Bioresources Association (ADBA) said: “Fully deployed, the biomethane industry could deliver a 6% reduction in the UK’s greenhouse gas emissions by 2030 and provide heating for 6.4 million homes, creating tens of thousands of jobs and boosting energy and food production security.

“As biomethane is already compatible with our current gas grid, it is also a particularly cost-effective way to decarbonise the UK’s heating infrastructure. We welcome this consultation and the commitment shown by BEIS to integrate biomethane into the government’s net zero strategy. With the right policy support, there is much more this industry could contribute to the green economy and to achieving the UK’s 5th Carbon Budget, over the next decade, but this represents a significant step in the right direction.”

Last month the government announced the £2 billion Green Homes Grant, which will fund up to 2 thirds of the cost of upgrading the energy performance of homes – impacting more than 600,000 homes in England and saving households up to £600 a year on their energy bills.

To respond to the consultation, which closes on 2nd November, visit: gov.uk/government/consultations/green-gas-levy

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