Air Liquide adopts charter for sustainable biomethane production

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Air Liquide has adopted an internal charter to ensure sustainable biomethane production, which it said was defined in collaboration with various field experts and WWF France.
Adding that the charter goes beyond current regulations, the Group said it is committed to measure and track progress towards more sustainable production, while contributing to the development of a worldwide production framework.
With its partners, Air Liquide devised a comprehensive sustainability assessment methodology, centred around four pillars.
The first is to contribute efficiently to the energy transition - for example, maximising plant efficiency, favouring the use of renewable and low-carbon energy.
The second is to act as a lever for agroecological practices - for example, reduced dependance on chemical fertilisers and agriculture diversification.
The third is to maximise the benefits for local ecosystems and promote circular economy - for example, minimising food and feed competition, favouring local feedstock sourcing and digestate spreading.
The fourth is to preserve biodiversity and to prevent environmental risks - for example supporting farmers and other stakeholders in adopting industry standards with regards to safety, monitor impacts on soil, water and air.
As a consequence of this collaborative work, Air Liquide said it is now equipped with actionable sustainability performance indicators embedded in its investment governance and with a clear roadmap including key fundamentals that each project should follow in their development.
Armelle Levieux, member of Air Liquide’s Executive Committee supervising innovation - including Biogas Solutions activities - commented:
“The success of energy transition calls for global joint efforts and shared standards. With its 30 years of expertise in biomethane technologies and unique position across its entire value chain on a global scale, Air Liquide is committed to act as a driving force in the development of sustainable biomethane production, for its own production and for the benefit of the whole ecosystem.”

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