The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy is hosting a consultation on the Green Gas Levy. This consultation closes on the 2nd of November 2020. Broadly, the levy intends to fund the injection of biomethane into the UK gas grid; also known as the Green Gas Support Scheme.
According to the UK Government, the biomethane initiative will save 21.6MtCO2e over the duration of the scheme. Furthermore, the levy will help support the expansion and development of anaerobic digestion and other biological treatment facilities.
Arriving shortly after the Environment Agency’s consultation on the appropriate measures for the biological treatment of waste, the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) is hosting another consultation that will impact the biological treatment industry. This time the consultation concerns the Green Gas Levy. Here, the initiative intends to fund the Green Gas Support Scheme’s expansion of biological treatment facilities – such as anaerobic digestion operators – through placing a levy on licensed gas suppliers.
The BEIS explains that a “biomethane injection into the gas grid accelerates the decarbonisation of gas supplies, by increasing the proportion of green gas in the grid”. Furthermore, the Green Gas Support Scheme will provide 21.6MtCO2e of carbon savings over its lifetime. The intention of the Levy is to pass the cost of decarbonisation down the supply chain and onto the consumer; supporting the acceleration away from burning fossil fuels.
In a BEIS press release, the Minister of State – Kwasi Kwarteng – supports the Green Gas Levy: “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…”
Support with submitting a response
Wiser Environment encourages all those who operate within – or are affected by – the biological treatment industry to contribute to the consultation. The BEIS consultation on the Green Gas Levy will be available until the 2nd of November 2020. For those who would like Wiser Environment to submit a response on their behalf, then contact us or call on 01480 462232.