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Public backs green gas in households

A survey by the Renewable Energy Association (REA) indicates that 84% of people in the UK would like to switch to using biomethane ‘green’ gas in their homes.

The survey was commissioned to mark the fifth annual Biomethane Day, being organised by the REA on 20 April to highlight green gas production.

According to the REA, the UK boasts the fastest growing, most innovative and diverse biomethane to grid market in the world. In four years the UK has gone from one plant injecting gas into the gas grid, to 63 by March. Annual production is around 3 TWh.

Biomethane can be made from food waste, residues from food manufacture, energy crops and sewage sludge.

Dr Kiara Zennaro, head of REA Biogas says: “2016 and following years will cement biomethane as the UK’s leading renewable heat technology.

“As well as making a real contribution to climate change and the circular economy, green gas also means that our central heating systems and our nationwide gas grid have a future in a renewable energy world.

”We’ve also seen major companies like Waitrose starting to use biomethane for transport, helping to decarbonise heavy goods vehicles.”

The 84% figure came from survey carried out during March to test levels of awareness of the gas and to assess if people would be interested in using green gas in their homes. Five hundred people, representative of the UK population, were surveyed via online research service, Usurv.

Results will be presented at a conference at the National Motorcycling Museum in Solihull, which will be opened by Alan Whitehead MP.

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