EU to use CAP funds to boost biomethane output to reduce reliance on Russia

March 13, 2022 |

In Belgium, Agriland reports that the EU plans to use funding under the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) to double the planned production of biomethane by 2030 in order to reduce the reliance on gas from Russia. This would lead to the creation of 35 billion cubic metres of biomethane per year by that year (the current plan envisages 17 billion cubic metres per year).

In order to achieve this, the commission says that EU member states’ CAP Strategic Plans should channel funding to biomethane production produced from biomass sources, including agricultural wastes and residues in particular.

The CAP Strategic Plans are currently before the European Commission for review, having being submitted by member states before the end of last year. The commission is due to revert to member states with comments on these plans before the summer.

The boost in European biomethane output is part of an EU plan to make the bloc independent of Russian fossil fuel energy, as part of the backlash against that country’s invasion of Ukraine.


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