CELEBRATIONS were the order of the day at a Solihull-based gas connections company when it was handed a top award.
CNG Services, which won the Queen’s Award for Enterprise for Innovation, recognising the role it has played in getting ‘green gas’ into homes and companies via the UK gas networks.
The Vice Lord-Lieutenant for The West Midlands Colonel George Marsh TD visited the offices alongside the Mayor of Solihull, Mike Robinson, and MP Julian Knight, before addressing the staff and presenting the founder and managing director of the company, John Baldwin with a commemorative crystal bowl.
Mr Baldwin said: “I’m delighted we’ve won this award and I hope that it will make more people aware they can now get green gas for their central heating and cooking and companies can use it in manufacturing processes or to fuel commercial gas trucks.”
CNG Services’ award is in recognition of the company’s leadership role in the creation of the biomethane-to-grid (BtG) market.
BtG is the process whereby biomethane is injected into the UK’s gas grid, giving the UK a highly flexible and efficient source of sustainable energy made from organic material including food waste.
CNG Services, which was founded in 2003, is the leading provider of gas engineering and consultancy services to this market having been involved in over 90 per cent of the BtG projects completed to date.
The award recognises CNG Services’ key role in helping to create the right economic, legislative and technical environment to foster this new renewable energy sector.
Biomethane is ‘tracked’ through the gas grid using the Green Gas Certification Scheme (GGCS), which tracks every unit of green gas from injection into the grid to consumption by a gas customer.
To win the award, CNG Services demonstrated how it pioneered BtG technology, from a pilot scheme in Didcot in 2010 through to the first commercial connection at Poundbury in 2012, and to a total of 73 projects by July 2016