New CEN Standards - Biomethane standards to mitigate climate change 

Climate change is a globally witnessed phenomenon, and while for some this means a warmer winter, for others it can mean devastating storms and drought. Mitigating climate change has become an essential policy element in the EU for the safety and sustainability of Europe’s people and environment – a key strategy for which has been the adoption of renewable energies.

CEN/TC 408 - Natural gas and biomethane for use in transport and biomethane for injection in the natural gas grid, was established in 2011 to answer the European Commission mandate (M/475) to develop standards for the use of biomethane as a renewable energy and mitigate climate change and published:

These European standards support the use of more renewable energy sources in our everyday consumption.

The most recent deliverable CEN/TR 17238:2018: Proposed limit values for contaminants in biomethane based on health assessment criteria, was approved by CEN on 9 April 2018. This Technical Report explains an approach for the assessment of limit values for contaminants that may be found in biomethane to mitigate the potential impact on human health.

Some parameters of the already published standards are planned to be improved. The necessary pre-normative work is supported by the European Commission in the framework of the Horizon 2020 Work programme 2016-2017 for Secure, Clean and Efficient Energy. The first results are expected for mid-2019.

By supporting the broader use of the biomethane, CEN is playing a major role in helping Europe reach its 2050 decarbonisation targets.

The secretariat of CEN/TC 408 is held by AFNOR - Association Française de Normalisation.

For more information contact: Andrea NAM