Glass manufacturer Saint-Gobain France has signed a 100 GW biomethane purchase agreement with TotalEnergies.

The agreement is for a three-year period starting in 2024.

The biomethane for the flat glass producer will be produced by TotalEnergies at its BioBéarn biomethane plant, which came on stream at the beginning of the year.

Its production is certified sustainable by the International Sustainability & Carbon Certification (ISCC) under the highest sustainability criteria of the European Union REDII Directive.

TotalEnergies is one of the 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 decarbonisation of its energy consumption in France.

Thierry Fournier, General Director of Saint-Gobain France, said: "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 decarbonised energy, supporting the development and viability of new local energy networks.

“This decarbonised 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.”