Paris, June 20, 2023 – TotalEnergies has signed a 100 GWh biomethane purchase agreement with Saint-Gobain France for a three-year period starting in 2024.
The biomethane will be produced by TotalEnergies at its BioBéarn biomethane plant, which came on stream at the beginning of the year and whose production is certified sustainable by ISCC1 under the highest sustainability criteria of the European Union REDII Directive. TotalEnergies is one of the very first producers to obtain this certification in France.
By acquiring the Guarantees of Origin, and thanks to their sustainable certification, Saint-Gobain will be able to attest, within the framework of the EU Emissions Trading Scheme, to the decarbonization of its energy consumption in France. This contract is also an example of a purely commercial sale, i.e., non-subsidized, of biomethane.
“With this contract, TotalEnergies is supporting Saint-Gobain in its efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in France, in line with TotalEnergies' ambition to help its customers decarbonize their activities. It is also a first step towards the emergence in Europe of a merchant biomethane market, allowing the development of production without public subsidies," said Stéphane Michel, President Gas, Renewables & Power at TotalEnergies. "This contract is also in line with our ambition to actively participate in the development of biogas in France, and more widely in the world.”
"The signing of this contract opens up promising prospects for biomethane players to develop infrastructures on the French territory. This first for Saint-Gobain in France demonstrates the intention to diversify the sourcing of decarbonized energy, supporting the development and viability of new local energy networks. This decarbonized energy supply is also part of Saint-Gobain's commitment to reduce its CO2 emissions by 33% (from scopes 1 and 2) by 2030 compared with 2017, and to reach carbon neutrality by 2050", said Thierry Fournier, General Director of Saint-Gobain France.
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TotalEnergies is a leading company in the European biogas segment, with production capacity of 1.1 TWh. The Company aims to become a major player in the international market by joining forces with innovative or market-leading partners such as Clean Energy, Veolia, and Ductor. It operates throughout the value chain, from project development to the marketing of this renewable gas and its byproducts, including biofertilizers and bioCO2. TotalEnergies aims to produce 20 TWh per year by 2030, equivalent to the average annual gas needs of four million French consumers and a reduction in CO2 emissions of around four million tons.
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