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Biogas Sector

The GMI Biogas Subcommittee focuses on building capacity within Partner Countries to leverage common interests across the areas of agriculture, municipal solid waste, and municipal wastewater. These interests include biogas energy use, the types of wastes managed, waste treatment technologies, and the potential for synergistic projects involving input streams from multiple sources. Efforts include developing and promoting tools, policy guidance, and project development resources at the national, state, and city level within Partner Countries.

GMI Technical Groups

Within the Biogas Sector, GMI maintains active technical groups in the areas of agriculture, municipal solid waste (MSW), and municipal wastewater. These groups provide international leadership to mitigate global methane emissions through the abatement, recovery, and use of methane. They promote collaboration between delegates from Partner Countries and Project Network members to build capacity, develop strategies, and expand opportunities for using methane as a renewable energy resource.

Agriculture

Methane emissions come from livestock enteric fermentation, livestock waste management, rice cultivation, and agricultural waste burning.

Municipal Solid Waste

Municipal solid waste management and treatment activities such as landfilling and anaerobic digestion are sources of methane emissions worldwide.

Municipal Wastewater

Methane is produced when the organic material in municipal wastewater decomposes anaerobically.

Upcoming Events

ADBA National Conference 2021

14 December 2021, London, England

The Anaerobic Digestion and Bioresources Association (ADBA) is hosting an event on 14 December 2021 to discuss anaerobic digestion (AD) technology. The UK government is subsidizing gas companies to keep the lights on and fertilizer companies to produce CO2 to keep food on the shelves. AD and biogas could deliver both while also delivering on the UK’s recent commitment to the EU-US Methane Pledge, which seeks to deliver a 30% cut in methane emissions by 2030. That makes this year’s ADBA National Conference pivotal, addressing the barriers to growth of the AD industry.


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GMI Biogas Subcommittee Virtual Meeting

15 December 2021, Virtual Event

The GMI Biogas Subcommittee will host a virtual meeting on Wednesday, 15 December 2021 at 07:00 EST (UTC-5). The meeting will feature a discussion of GMI’s role in supporting global efforts to mitigate methane, including the Global Methane Pledge, and a conversation with international partners and collaborators to explore the role they will play in helping to achieve these goals. Click here to confirm local time zone. 


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The preliminary agenda for the meeting and confirmed panelists can be found below. Confirmed speakers include:

Catalina Etcheverry, Climate and Clean Air Coalition
Sandra Mazo-Nix, Climate and Clean Air Coalition
Charlotte Morton, World Biogas Association
Katie Ross, World Resources Institute
Suneel Pandey, The Energy Resources Institute
Chris Voell, Danish Trade Council

 

Agenda
GMI Biogas Subcommittee Meeting 
Wednesday, 15 December 2021
07:00 – 09:00 EST (UTC-5)

07:00-07:05Welcome and Opening of the Meeting; Adoption of the Agenda
07:05-07:15Secretariat Updates
07:15-07:20Biogas Subcommittee Updates
07:20-08:05Potential Roles of GMI in Support of the Global Methane Pledge
08:05-08:55Panel Discussion: Role of Collaborators to Support Global Methane Pledge
08:55-09:00Wrap up and Next Steps
09:00Adjourn

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International Conference on Advances in Biogas Desulfurization

21–22 January 2022, London, United Kingdom

This International Research Conference aims to bring together leading academic scientists, researchers, and research scholars to exchange and share their experiences and research results on all aspects of Advances in Biogas Desulfurization. It also provides a premier interdisciplinary platform for researchers, practitioners, and educators to present and discuss the most recent innovations, trends, and concerns as well as practical challenges encountered and solutions adopted.

Additional information about the conference—including details about contributing abstracts, papers, and e-posters—are available at the link below. A flyer is also available.

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2nd International Webinar on Biofuel and Biomass

24–25 January 2022, Virtual Event

Biofuel and Biomass 2022 is a virtual event that will offer research sessions, poster sessions, tutorials, video demonstrations, industry sessions, question and answer panels, and a Ph.D. presentation. It will be a great global webinar for sharing the latest insights of academic and industrial research as well as to create unique connections. There are two scientific tracks from which participants can choose, including Biomass and Advanced Biofuels.


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Biogas360 Expo 2022: International Conference & Exhibition on Biogas

26–27 January 2022, Nantes, France

Bio360 Expo provides a panoramic view of all things bio-derived, from the converging worlds of biogas, biomass, waste-to-x, carbon capture and utilization, carbon sequestration, and the bioeconomy.

Bio360 Expo is back in 2022 at the Parc Expo in Nantes, France from 26-27 January. BioExpo is expected to gather over 500 exhibitors and 7,000 professional participants from across the international spectrum of bioenergy and the bioeconomy. The event will feature an international conference program with simultaneous translation, site visits, an innovation competition, and more. 

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International Conference on Biogas and Anaerobic Digestion

8–9 February 2022, Amsterdam, Netherlands

The International Research Conference aims to bring together leading academic scientists, researchers, and research scholars to exchange and share their experiences and research results on all aspects of Biogas and Anaerobic Digestion. The event provides a premier interdisciplinary platform for researchers, practitioners, and educators to present and discuss the most recent innovations, trends, and concerns as well as practical challenges encountered and solutions adopted.

Additional information about the conference—including details about contributing abstracts, papers, and e-posters—are available at the link below. A flyer is also available.

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The Global Thought-Leadership Forum on Anaerobic Digestion and Biogas

2–3 March 2022, NEC Birmingham, United Kingdom

Save the dates for the World Biogas Summit 2022: The Global Thought-Leadership Forum on Anaerobic Digestion and Biogas to be held 2-3 March 2022.

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International Biomass Conference and Expo

14–16 March 2022, Jacksonville, United States

The 15th annual International Biomass Conference & Expo will take place 14-16 March 2022 at The Prime F. Osborn III Convention Center in Jacksonville, FL. The International Biomass Conference & Expo is where future and existing producers of bio-based power, fuels and thermal energy products go to network with waste generators and other industry suppliers and technology providers. It’s where project developers converse with utility executives; where researchers and technology developers rub elbows with venture capitalists; and where Fortune 500 executives and influential policy makers sit side-by-side with American farmers and foresters. 


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International Biogas Congress & Expo

15–16 March 2022, Brussels, Belgium

The International Biogas Congress & Expo brings together leading producers, suppliers, regulators, and other engaged organizations over a two-day period. High-level speakers, who are experts in their field, will address a range of topical issues relating to the biogas sector.

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2022 Value of Biogas East Conference

12–13 April 2022, Toronto, Canada

The 2022 Value of Biogas East Conference is a two-day in-person event to be held in the heart of downtown Toronto on 12-13 April 2022. Visit the event website to register and learn more about the conference agenda, which will include a variety of biogas/RNG presentations and engaging speakers. Both days of the conference will provide attendees, sponsors, and exhibitors ample opportunities to network and build new connections.

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Recent Events

 NameDateLocationSectorLink
Biogas Future of Biogas Europe 2021 Summit 24–25 November 2021 Berlin, Germany Biogas View Details
Biogas 2021 Value of Biogas West Conference 9–10 November 2021 Vancouver, Canada Biogas View Details
Biogas 26th UN Climate Change Conference of the Parties (COP26) 31 October–12 November 2021 Glasgow, Scotland, United Kingdom Biogas, Coal Mines, Oil and Gas, Steering, Agriculture, MSW, Wastewater View Details
Biogas European Biogas Conference 2021 26–28 October 2021 Brussels, Belgium Biogas, Agriculture View Details
Biogas Blue Economy: Advancing Municipal Co-digestion 20 October 2021 Virtual Event Biogas, Wastewater View Details
Biogas Biogases: Driving the Transition from Fossil to Green 13–14 October 2021 Virtual Event Biogas View Details
Biogas Biogas: Opportunities in India 7 October 2021 Virtual Event Biogas View Details
Biogas International Solid Waste Association (ISWA) World Congress 2021 4–7 October 2021 Virtual Event Biogas, MSW View Details
Biogas Best Practices for Methane Recovery from the Waste and Wastewater Sectors in China 28 September 2021 Virtual Event Biogas, MSW View Details
Biogas Methane leakages from biogas plant: How much and how can we reduce them? 27 September 2021 Virtual Event Biogas View Details

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Biogas Subcommittee

Subcommittee Co-chairs

Nick Elger, Co-Chair
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
United States

Matt Hamilton, Co-Chair
Environment and Climate Change Canada (ECCC)
Canada

Jorge Hilbert, Co-Chair
National Institute of Agriculture Technology (INTA)
Argentina

Subcommittee Members

Representatives from 38 countries participate in the Biogas Subcommittee.

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Featured Tools

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Biogas Toolkit (U.S. EPA) (2020)

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Biogas Toolkit serves as a centralized knowledge hub for biogas project stakeholders. The toolkit is designed to allow stakeholders to search and browse for information and resources that meet their specific project needs. The toolkit includes information and resources compiled from across several EPA programs, including AgSTAR, the Landfill Methane Outreach Program (LMOP), and GMI.

Solid Waste Emissions Estimation Tool (SWEET) (2020)

SWEET is a free Excel tool created by the Waste Initiative. SWEET helps users scope emissions sources such as waste collection and transportation, open burning, landfill gas collection systems, organic waste management projects, waste handling equipment (e.g., bulldozers), and waste incineration facilities. It estimates waste sector emissions including methane, black carbon, and several other pollutants. It also evaluates emissions reduction benefits of multiple alternative waste management scenarios.

OrganEcs (2016)

OrganEcs aims to help local decision makers in their first evaluation of different treatment options (e.g., composting options and/or anaerobic digestion options). OrganEcs helps users determine the economic feasibility of waste management scenarios by calculating tipping fees, sales of products (e.g., organic compost), and the internal rate of return. OrganEcs use requires expert support.

Biogas Wastewater Assessment Technology Tool (BioWATT) (2016)

The Biogas Wastewater Assessment Technology Tool (BioWATT) provides a quick and preliminary assessment of wastewater-to-energy projects. Through BioWATT, users can receive a specific summary of their biogas production estimates for various wastewater-to-energy technologies, electricity generation potential from the produced biogas, greenhouse gas savings associated with biogas-generated electricity, and more.

International Best Practices Guide for Landfill Gas Energy Projects (2012)

Global Methane Initiative’s (GMI) International Best Practices Guide for Landfill Gas Energy Projects provides a broad overview of the development process for LFGE projects in international settings and presents the technological, economic and political considerations that typically affect the success of LFGE projects. The goal of the guide is to encourage environmentally and economically sound LFGE projects by connecting stakeholders with available information, tools and services. The guide is not intended to provide a step-by-step protocol for project development.

Central and Eastern Europe Landfill Gas Model

The Model can be used to estimate landfill gas generation rates from SWD sites, and potential landfill gas recovery rates for disposal sites that have, or plan to have, gas collection and control systems and are located in Central or Eastern European countries. The Model also may be used for SWD sites in other countries which experience similar site conditions and climate, and have waste composition data.

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Colombia Landfill Gas Model

The Model can be used to estimate landfill gas generation rates from landfills, and potential landfill gas recovery rates for landfills that have, or plan to have, gas collection and control systems in Colombia.

User Manual

Spanish Version: Colombia Landfill Gas Model and User Manual

Recent Resources

For a complete list of available biogas resources, including technical documents, presentations, and tools, please visit the resources page.

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Market Opportunities for Anaerobic Digestion of Livestock and Agro-Industrial Wastes in India (2020)

The report on the Market Opportunities for Anaerobic Digestion of Livestock and Agro-Industrial Wastes in India will help inform project developers, policymakers, and other interested stakeholders about the potential for biogas capture and use in India. The report estimates biogas production and emission reduction potential from India’s largest agricultural sectors, and it includes an overview of the uses of biogas and digestate, current biogas policies, technology options, and business models relevant for India.

Scaling Sludge Mountains: Breaking Down Barriers for Chinese Cities to Turn Sludge Waste into Energy (2019)

The Wilson Center’s China Environment Forum (CEF) produced this sludge scoping report for the U.S. EPA and the Global Methane Initiative. The report describes drivers that created mountains of municipal sludge, introduces key political and research entities involved in sludge regulation in China, reviews obstacles in adoption of anaerobic digestion, provides a case study of the challenges facing sludge-to-energy projects, and highlights opportunities for U.S. government, cities, and companies to engage with Chinese government agencies.

Naucalpan, Mexico Waste Characterization Study (2019)

In March 2017, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency – as a lead partner in the Waste Initiative – conducted a waste characterization study at the municipality’s transfer station. The study indicated that approximately 69% of the waste handled at the transfer station could be recycled or otherwise diverted from the landfill, and that more than half of the waste could be used as feedstock in composting or anaerobic digestion projects. The municipality is using the results of the study to inform decision making about the project design and procurement options.

From Farm to Table to Energy: Co-digesting China’s Urban Food Waste in Wastewater Treatment Plants (2019)

Prepared by the Wilson’s Center China Environment Forum with assistance provided by GMI, the report highlights food waste trends in Chinese cities and assesses the possibilities of redirecting food waste to municipal wastewater (MWW) and sludge-to-energy (StE) plants. This report also highlights some specific gaps that GMI and other organizations could help fill and potential Chinese partners to engage with to highlight the environmental and economic benefits of co-digestion.

Biogas Done Right - Introduction (2019)

Jorge Hilbert explains and introduces the importance of biogas in the agricultural sector, while additionally explaining biogas’s potential for increasing future energy efficiency and technological sustainability.

Using Animal Manure as a Resource (2019)

Anaerobic digestion, or AD, is the biological process that breaks down biological materials like compost or manure into biogas. Livestock manure accounts for 3 percent of man-made methane emissions globally. Methane, when captured and stored, can be used to generate electricity and heat, or it can be processed into natural gas fuel. By capturing the biogas, we are also preventing the release of methane, one of the most potent greenhouse gases, to the atmosphere.

Methane Mitigation Matters: Climate Change (2015)

Methane is a prevalent manmade greenhouse gas that traps 28 times more heat than carbon dioxide (CO2). Reducing methane emissions by recovering and using methane as a clean energy source offers many benefits for the environment and local communities. This video highlights the many ways that reducing methane can benefit the environment and local communities.