The European Biogas Association (EBA) will aim to expand Europe’s biogas industry over the next three years, according to plans laid out by newly appointed President Anders Mathiasson.

Together with 8 Board Members, the EBA aims to build upon the rapidly advancing biogas and biomethane production sector within the EU, an industry that today accounts for 15 billion cubic metres (bcm) of biogas produced each year and 3 bcm of biomethane. 

In addition to saving 60 million tonnes (Mt) of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions each year, 210,000 green jobs have been created throughout Europe. 

Stating that the biogas sector is set to play an ‘important role’ in securing energy independency and climate neutrality, Mathiasson explained that it could be a key factor in enabling the transition towards renewable energy. 

By accelerating the adoption of biogas technology, Europe could help reduce its heavy reliance on Russian gas, exposed by the ongoing Russia-Ukraine war. 

In a statement released by the World Biogas Association earlier this year, Charlotte Morton, Chief Executive, called for European energy security to be enhanced by investing in ‘home-grown’ biomethane. 

“This new wave of support for biomethane is not only the result of the world waking up to the role of methane in warming the planet but also of the ongoing energy crisis worsened by Russia’s illegal invasion of Ukraine,” she said. 

Estimates have revealed that, by 2030, the UK’s anaerobic digestion (AD) sector could deliver 55-76TWh (terawatts per hour) of biomethane – more than two to three times the amount that the UK currently imports from Russia. 

“Achieving the biomethane target will require significant efforts and dialogue between policymakers, investors and representatives of the biomethane value chain,” said Harmen Dekker, CEO, EBA. 

“Now is the right time to take new steps to develop the biogas market and production in Europe and strengthen domestic renewable energy production.”