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Green-e Renewable Fuels Standard for Canada and the United States

The Center for Resource Solutions put out a call for comments on their Green-e certification program for renewable gas products and associated environmental attributes. The Council welcomed the opportunity to offer the coalition’s perspectives on the important and growing role that renewable natural gas (RNG) and hydrogen can play in achieving sustainability and greenhouse gas emission reduction goals.

BCSE’s membership of energy efficiency, natural gas and renewable energy sees the value of a Green-e standard and certification process to provide transparent accounting and clear environmental disclosure. Adoption of a Green-e Standard for Renewable Fuels is a important step to valuing the environmental attributes of RNG and other renewable fuels.

The BCSE’s response includes data from the 2020 Sustainable Energy in America Factbook, produced in partnership with BloombergNEF. The 2020 Factbook is the first edition to include stand-along sections on RNG and hydrogen, demonstrating the increased commercial interest in these resources by customers and investors.

The Factbook also tracks falling technology costs. The cost of a European-made hydrogen electrolyzer in 2019 was half of what it was in 2014, on a per kilowatt basis. This encouraging cost curve, combined with state and local clean energy mandates, signal a bright future for clean fuels.

The Council’s full comments area available here