Two days left to submit biogas case studies for WBA emissions report

Two days remain for the biogas industry to submit case studies that will feed into a World Biogas Association (WBA) report on reducing global greenhouse gas emissions by 2030.

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The report, Pathways to 2030, will lay out a roadmap for the biogas industry to reduce emissions by 12% over the next decade.

WBA is calling on the industry for case studies showing best practice in the implementation and use of biogas, with a deadline of 30 April 2020.

It is also looking for studies demonstrating how using biogas has reduced emissions and pollution from untreated biowastes, created jobs and investments, contributed to clean air, and solved problems relative to local challenges.

Case studies on innovative technologies, the integration of biogas with other renewable energies, and the relationship between biogas and agriculture are also welcomed.

WBA also wishes to hear about what is not known about the benefits biogas can provide.

In general, the association asks that case studies consider what conditions allowed projects to succeed and outline any challenges or failures that were overcome.

Pathways to 2030, in which the case studies will appear, will be presented at the World Biogas Summit in Birmingham this October.

The best case studies will also feature on the programme of a WBA virtual conference on global biogas markets, the World Biogas eFestival, to be held from 18-21 May 2020.

David Newman, president of the WBA, said: “Biogas can deliver a huge 12% reduction in global greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions - the equivalent of the GHGs emitted by the United States in 2012.

“To achieve this, however, we need to share knowledge globally and identify the right conditions to realise the potential of our sector.

“The case studies will help build the evidence for our next report, Pathways to 2030, which will provide a roadmap towards delivering this 12% target.

“To illustrate this, we need to identify current outstanding biogas projects so we can set out the conditions necessary to replicate these worldwide.

“We are also asking for examples of what didn’t work so that we can understand why.

“We all learn from problems and failures and want to try to highlight common issues faced by our sector.”

The potential to reduce emissions by 12% was established in a 2019 WBA report, Global Potential of Biogas.

The commitment to deliver the reduction was outlined in a Biogas Industry and Climate Change Commitment Declaration signed by major biogas corporations and presented to the UN at COP25.

Maddie Ballard

Editor of EfW Net, Mark Allen Group

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