A recent report by the World Biogas Association (WBA) estimates the industry could reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 12%. The association’s latest members, SHV Energy, Engie and Suez have applauded its mission to bring the industry together to realise the full potential of biogas.
WBA is bringing companies together to look at how fast its members could build the infrastructure to collect and treat all organic wastes generated by society, which, if left untreated, would emit massive amounts of harmful methane emissions. The organisation’s Global Potential of Biogas report, published in July, estimates that by capturing and recycling organic waste into biogas, biomethane, green CO2, natural fertilisers and other bioproducts, the industry could reduce GHG emissions by 12%.
“We are greatly encouraged by the calibre of organisations that are joining us to give our industry greater powers and capability to deliver on the huge potential that we hold,” said WBA president David Newman, “not only to help meet Paris Agreement targets and many UN Sustainable Development Goals, but also to play our part in creating the sustainable low carbon world that this and future generations are crying out for.”
One of WBA’s newest members, SHV Energy, said it is continuing to seek innovative renewable, recycled and bio-based energy products “to meet our customers’ sustainable energy needs”. Rebecca Groen, director of biofuels at SHV, said: “The WBA is a unique network of stakeholders with a shared goal to champion the role of sustainable biogas in the global energy transition. We look forward to joining forces with like-minded stakeholders to make this happen.”
Jean-Marc Leroy, senior executive vice-president for external relations at Engie, added: “For Engie, biomethane development is an integral part of an affordable zero-carbon future and a key element responding to a triple challenge: clean energy, waste management and territorial growth based on circular economy.
“We are proud to be part of WBA and are keen on working with its members to make the best use of global biogas potential for the benefit of our planet.”
“As municipal utilities and the industry move towards a circular economy in water and waste sectors, there is a need to move tenders from value chain to value cycle to see more green technologies, solutions and infrastructure coming out from the ground,” added Jean-Marc Boursier, SUEZ COO and senior executive VP Group in charge of Northern Europe and IWS Europe.
“The world biogas industry, as a key deliverer of GHG reduction, deserves to build a strong voice at international level to foster the development of virtuous and environmental best-in-class solutions.
“WBA is a cornerstone for the professional and international community to share best practices and help project developers valuing resource recovery, green funding and green usages from solutions available today.”