Biogas - from refuse to energy

Finished just in time for the World Gas Conference (WGC) in Paris 2015, we are very  pleased to present International Gas Union’s first report on Biogas. The report comes in a time when we have  high attention on climate and emissions but also on how to find sustainable energy solution to reduce poverty in the world. Biogas can contribute positively to the solution for both  these challenges. 


The report has been developed under the leadership and co-ordination by our Swedish  Charter member, The Swedish Gas Association.  The report gives a good description of the production process from waste to biogas and how  this helps to reduce the refuse mountain and securing energy supplies without impact on the  environment, and how Sweden as a world leader, distilling biogas for use in vehicles (...)


The extraction of fossil fuels has to be reduced if we are to meet new environmental and  climate targets and prevent the growing greenhouse effect. In contrast to fossil fuels, biogas  is CO2-neutral and renewable. Biogas is also the cleanest form of fuel on the market, and  has the potential to replace a large part of fossil fuel use in Sweden. The bio-manure formed  after decomposition is a high-value and soil-improving fertiliser. The biogas process lets us  reuse society's organic waste, and makes it a resource. A sustainable circle of nutrients and  energy is thus created between city and countryside, between consumers and production. Sweden has already come far with regard to the use of biogas, and is a world leader within distilling biogas for use in vehicles. Investment in biogas plants has been made over a  number of years, including with government subsidies. New plants and technology are  continuously being developed. Nevertheless, demand for biogas continues to outstrip supply. And demand is now growing in Europe, with no less than 12 European countries beginning  to use biogas as a fuel for vehicles. Biogas is undoubtedly the fuel of the future

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