According to The Australian Financial Review, pipeline owner Jemena is proposing a national accreditation system for renewable gas that could give a boost to proposals to produce hydrogen and biomethane in the same way that measures to support renewable electricity have spurred the boom in wind and solar power.
The introduction of such a system as Australia looks to recover from the economic hit from COVID-19 could unlock regional jobs and business growth, while also enhancing security of energy supply, said Jemena's executive general manager, gas distribution, Jennifer Purdie.
Dr Purdie said that some of Jemena's customers were demanding the sort of "green" gas product available in some overseas markets, where gas could be purchased with environmental credentials certifying it as carbon-free.
"Fundamentally this is a building block towards the development of a renewable gas product which enables green gas PPAs [power purchase agreements] in the same way as we've got renewable electricity PPAs," she told The Australian Financial Review.
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