GERG begins major project on Hydrogen pre-normative research requirements for CEN

📢 In our second major project announcement of 2021, GERG is very pleased to announce the approval by the European Commission and CEN of the European Commission funded project on pre-normative research requirements for the introduction of hydrogen into our gas networks. This is a yet another step forward in our work to support the acceleration of the decarbonisation of Europe’s gas networks and the industry’s contribution to GHG reduction targets.

📑 In development of this project, we worked closely with the European Commission’s Energy Directorate and CEN Technical Committee TC234 (Gas Infrastructure), who in turn involved stakeholders from across the CEN TCs and the wider gas and energy community to agree on eight priority areas for study. These are safety, gas quality, underground storage, power generation, industrial use, steel pipes, network equipment and appliances. The eight priorities relate closely to the height of the barrier to hydrogen introduction. A GERG member company will lead on each of the eight priorities.

A Supervisory Board formed as a new Working Group within CEN TC234 will oversee the programme. The work will analyse the current state of knowledge, building on earlier projects such has the GERG Hydrogen in Pipeline Systems (HIPS) report. It will then look closely at gaps in knowledge, particularly in relation to standardisation needs, and recommend pre-normative research actions to accelerate the removal of the gaps. The work looks at both H2 blends and “100%” hydrogen systems.

GERG consists of members of the gas industry and research and academia from over 12 countries, and began its work to define gas industry requirements for the introduction of hydrogen around two decades ago. We are closely associated with many of the major actors in the development of the hydrogen roadmap, including Hydrogen Europe Research (a reciprocal member). GERG is also an active member of many hydrogen-focused initiatives at European level.

💡 The GERG member community is really happy to be delivering this project for CEN, and will bring the expertise and knowledge of more than 20 operating gas companies and research institutes and universities, as well as the vast expertise of the CEN TC234-based Supervisory Board. We will link closely with other initiatives both in Europe and worldwide, and draw on developing knowledge in other ongoing projects to ensure as far as possible that the results are both comprehensive and unique.

The project will run until November 2021, and will receive funding of €1.1M from the European Commission via CEN.


GERG flagship Renewable Gas project for CEN moves into its next phase

📢 GERG is very pleased to announce the approval by the European Commission and CEN of the second phase of its major European Commission funded project on removing the technical barriers to the introduction of biomethane into gas networks and gas appliances (including vehicles). The project supports the acceleration of the decarbonisation of Europe’s gas networks and helps to improve the contribution of the industry to GHG reduction targets.

💡 The workplan has been developed in close collaboration with CEN Technical Committee, CEN TC408, and a Supervisory Board chaired by TC408 will oversee the work. CEN 408 develops and maintains standards associated with the introduction of biomethane in gas networks, and the use of natural gas and biomethane in vehicles. This work will enable the revision of the associated standards and ensure they are fit for purpose and not detrimental to the development of the biomethane industry which is an important element of the European Commission decarbonisation strategy and the Green Deal.

Following successful delivery of the first €1,3M Phase of the Project in 2019, this €1,8M contract, the second of three, will begin detailed experimental campaigns on siloxanes, sulphur and oxygen (particularly in relation to underground storage). It will also commence work on further detailed understanding of European Biomethane compositions, particularly at the trace component level, in the context of optimising upgrading and purification processes.  A third, overlapping phase of work, worth a further €3M and completing the work programmes is expected to commence later this year.

GERG consists of members of the gas industry and research and academia from over 12 countries, and has long-term and continuing links to gas biomethane actors in Europe (including the members of EBA-European Biogas Association, NGVA Europe- Natural & bio Gas Vehicle Association, Eurogas and Marcogaz), and also has connections to appliance manufacturers and end-users groups.

The unique GERG perspective will contribute not only to a consensus position with respect to the individual challenges, but a high probability of understanding any outlying positions from a production and network impact perspective.  The work will be completed at member laboratories around Europe, and will be led technically by ENGIE.

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GERG Methane Emissions Estimation Methodology and OGMP2.0

📢 On November 23rd, the new OGMP2.0 framework was launched. This methane emission reporting framework is the new gold standard that will improve the accuracy of reporting focusing on the whole Oil&Gas value chain including midstream and downstream.

The OGMP partnership is an initiative of the Climate and Clean Air Coalition (CCAC) led by the United Nation Environment Program (UNEP), the European Commission and the Environmental Defense Fund (EDF).

How many compagnies are involved?

62 companies from all continents representing 30% of the world's Oil&Gas production have already joined the partnership.

💡 GERG, with its industry members, recently developed a Methane Emissions Estimation Methodology project (MEEM) for DSOs, that has assessed all international best practice and has used this to develop a consistent and robust approach to emissions estimation which can be used as an industry standard.

💡 The Marcogaz assessment paper which is based on MEEM expanded using Marcogaz’ 2005 methodology for TSOs, LNG terminals and UGS, is currently the basis of a new European Standards Agency (CEN)  working group to turn the approach into a CEN Technical Report. We expect this to be used as a standardized methodology in the OGMP 2.0 scheme as a foundation for a framework for reporting in the downstream gas value chain.

📧 Contact us if you are interested in knowing more about our work on understanding and mitigating methane emissions in the downstream gas industry.


HyResource - A collaborative knowledge sharing resource supporting the development of Australia’s hydrogen industry

📢 HyResource is the new single source of information on key hydrogen-related organisations, policies and projects in Australia with supporting information on New Zealand. A collaboration between National Energy Resources Australia (NERA), CSIRO, Australian Hydrogen Council and Future Fuels CRC, HyResource acts as a reliable source of information that can be accessed by all stakeholders involved in the development of Australia’s hydrogen industry.

💡 The benefits of this hydrogen knowledge sharing initiative include reducing search costs, filling stakeholder knowledge gaps and helping accelerate the development and deployment of clean hydrogen as a low-emissions energy source.

🔄 Knowledge sharing efforts like HyResource are critical at this time as developments in hydrogen across the full value chain are evolving at speed and impacting many sectors of the economy.

🔍 HyResource is available here:


GERG Newsletter - Summer 2020

Latest News from GERG for the 2020 Summer period: Hydrogen Strategy, updates from Working Groups and projects, project proposals and event summaries.

Read here

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ELEGANCY Webinar Series on CCS and Hydrogen

The great ACT project ELEGANCY, led by Sintef, is coming to a close this summer, and has prepared a flourish of webinars for all interested in Hydrogen and Carbon Capture and Storage:

  • 18 June: Hydrogen and CCS – one of the cornerstones of the European Green Deal
  • 19 June: Unlocking opportunities and addressing challenges for large-scale hydrogen provision in Germany, Switzerland, United Kingdom, the Netherlands and Norway
  • 22 June: Hydrogen supply and CO2 injection and storage
  • 23 June: Business case development and hydrogen-CCS chain tool

The webinars are free of charge, more information and registration on:


THyGA Online Workshop

6th of May 2020

The Fuel Cells & Hydrogen Joint Undertaking (FCH JU) project "Testing Hydrogen admixture for Gas Appliances", or THyGA, is organising its first online workshop the 6th of May 2020 (10.00/12.00 AM and 1.00/3.00 PM CET, incl. virtual lunch break).

To get the connection information, please send your confirmation of attendance to

The workshop will present first research results, and discuss the specific consequences of hydrogen blending for the gas appliances sector, with the participation of researchers, manufacturers and associations.


  • Insight on THyGA’s first research contents
  • EU market segmentation of gas appliances
  • Focus topic: development of a protocol for testing H2 admixture
  • Discussion of the testing procedure of gas appliances with manufacturers, researchers and associations
  • Discussion and questions related to the addressed topics

Download the invitation below:


GERG Newsletter Spring 2020

Latest News from GERG for the 2020 Spring period: Moving forward under the COVID-19 regime, Project updates, New project proposals and Events.


Project proposals

Below a document presenting projects currently open to new partners:

  • Assessment of methane emission from gas utilisation
  • Sparcling Phase 2, LFL distances for small scale representative LNG releases
  • Weathering of stored LNG

GERG Newsletter Winter 2019

Latest News from GERG for the 2019 Winter period: Hydrogen Momentum, Project updates, New project proposals and Events.


GERG quarterly newsletter


Mures Zarea elected President of GERG 

Murès Zarea of Engie has been elected to replace Isabelle Moretti as President of GERG, with official transfer of duties during the Board meeting in Copenhagen.  Murès has over 30 years of gas R&D experience and a long association with GERG. He also sits on the Board or in high level committees in other associations such as EASE, EPRG PRCI and IGU. As such he is perfectly placed to build more bridges for GERG in the gas and energy research community.  We welcome Murès, and look forward to working closely with him over the coming years.