The Office of the Prince of Wales and The Duchy of Cornwall will receive the UK’s first Green Gas Certificates tonight at the annual awards dinner of the Renewable Energy Association (REA).
The non-profit Green Gas Certification Scheme (GGCS), operated by Renewable Energy Assurance Ltd (REAL), tracks biomethane, or ‘green gas’, through the supply chain to provide certainty for those that buy it.
The two Certificates represent 1,000,000kWh of biomethane injected into the local gas distribution network by J V Energen LLP at Rainbarrow Farm in Poundbury, Dorset, in December 2012.
The Office of the Prince of Wales and The Duchy of Cornwall are receiving the Certificates as they have purchased this green gas for use in their property.
The Duchy of Cornwall is also part of the joint venture J V Energen LLP which built and operates the Rainbarrow Farm anaerobic digestion and biomethane injection plant. The project is shortlisted for two REA Awards.
Duchy of Cornwall rural director of finance Andrew Phillips, who is responsible for managing the Duchy’s carbon footprint, said: “I am delighted that the first Green Gas Certificates in the UK have been purchased by The Office of the Prince of Wales and The Duchy of Cornwall to reduce our emissions from heating fuels. This has been one in a number of initiatives to reduce the organisations’ carbon footprints, and it is particularly pleasing that these come from the Rainbarrow Farm plant in which the Duchy is lead investor. Establishing a credible renewable gas trading scheme in the UK is crucial to the development of the biomethane industry.”
The Duchy of Cornwall is also receiving one of the Certificates, as the rationale behind the project was to reduce the organisation’s own carbon footprint. The Certificates will be presented by John Baldwin of CNG Services, who has been actively involved in developing both the GGCS and the Poundbury Project.