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Renewable Gas Observatory

The Renewable Gas Observatory aims to be a reference point and a platform for all those stakeholders (companies, associations, institutions, etc.) who are interested in the green evolution of natural gas, with particular attention to the role of biomethane, in view of the circular economy and the use of renewable sources.

 Through the research activity, the Renewable Gas Observatory aims to evaluate:

- the actual production potential of biomethane in Italy, by technology and raw material;

- the costs and limits of biomethane developments and of the different sources used for its production;

- the contribution that the use of biomethane, in gaseous or liquid form (bioLNG), alone or mixed with natural gas, can make to the decarbonisation of the transport sector;

- the impact of the current and evolving regulatory environment;

- the production costs and development prospects of hydrogen and synthetic methane obtained from the surplus of renewable electricity (Power-to-Gas - P2G).

Research Team

Luigi De Paoli – coordinator

Susanna Dorigoni

Antonio Sileo


During 2022, the Renewable Gas Observatory organized the following event:

  • On May 13, 2022, the Conference "Perspectives and role of biomethane in the energy transition" was held with the aim of taking stock of the trend of the renewable source methane market and the constraints that still hinder its full development in a context where the need to reduce emissions and energy dependence from abroad are becoming more and more urgent.
    On that occasion, the activity of the Renewable Gas Observatory (OGR) was presented with particular reference to the estimate of the economic production potential in the light of the analysis of production costs and incentive systems in force and being defined.
    The Ministry of Ecological Transition - MITE (dr. Perrella) spoke on the role of renewable gases in the PNRR and the Energy Services Manager - GSE (dr. Del Buono) on ongoing actions for the development of the sector.
    The reports were followed by a round table, moderated by Paola Sesti, director of Nuova Energia, which was attended by some of the members of the OGR: Dario Soria-Assocostieri, Flavio Marigo-Assogasmetano, Pierpaolo Carini-Egea, Giuseppe Perrone-Eni, Giacomo Fabbri-Federchimica-Assogasliquidi, Paolo Cecchin-HERAmbiente, Massimo Beccalli-SOL.

    INTRODUCTION
    Luigi De Paoli, GREEN, Bocconi University

    PRESENTATION OF THE OBSERVATORY ACTIVITIES ON RENEWABLE GASES
    Susanna Dorigoni, GREEN, Bocconi University

    PERSPECTIVES AND ACTIONS FOR BIOMETHANE DEVELOPMENT
    Emanuele Del Buono, GSE