The European Biogas Association (EBA) has presented a paper highlighting how biogas and biomethane industries avoid emissions and are already contributing to achieving climate-neutrality by 2050.
According to the paper, the biogas and biomethane industries have the potential to reduce worldwide greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 10-13%.
The report also shows that compared to EU fossil fuels, biogas production can save up to 240% of GHG emissions and biomethane up to 202%.
Biogas can produce renewable electricity and heat. Biomethane, upgraded biogas, can be directly injected in the gas grids without the need to replace network infrastructure or user consumption equipment.
Biomethane can be used in all traditional gas applications: cooking, heating, industrial processes, power generation and transport fuel (in the form of bio-CNG or bio-LNG).
The report further highlights that the upgrading process of biogas to biomethane brings in additional avoided emissions, and this process results in a highly concentrated CO2-stream which has multiple applications.
The obtained CO2 can be dedicated to produce synthetic methane based on hydrogen, feedstock for the chemical industry of e-fuels. It can also be used in industrial processes, such as new construction materials, achieving the permanent removal of carbon from the atmosphere.
The full report can be accessed here.