Companies that report their greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in line with the Greenhouse Gas Protocol, a global standard on how to measure, manage and report on GHG’s, can now reflect their decision to purchase a natural gas tariff containing biomethane through reduced scope 1 emissions.
In the UK, natural gas providers can include biomethane within their natural gas mix and evidence it’s presence through the Green Gas Certification Scheme (GGCS), which issues Green Gas Certificates (GGCs) accordingly. As with Renewable Energy Guarantees of Origin (REGOs) for renewable electricity generation, the issuing of the GGCs tracks biomethane through the supply chain and prevents double counting by multiple suppliers. The biogenic nature of biomethane means that businesses purchasing gas from these certified sources can attract a net zero (or near zero) emissions factor in company reporting.
This announcement follows the publication of the GHG Protocol’s Scope 2 Guidance published in 2015, which has enabled businesses to reflect the renewable sources present in the fuel mix of their chosen electricity suppliers.
For businesses where high natural gas consumption is a necessity for heating, processing and manufacturing, this approach provides the opportunity to reduce emissions through procurement, as well as through traditional energy efficiency methods.