This article brings up a very important point as we discuss energy independence and security. At the end of the day there is no single solution. Our fuels need to be as diverse as possible. And as local as possible.
We've seen many examples of good crop rotation that has supplied large quantities of biofuel in states like NC...creating a triple-bottom line win for the area. We hope to see more innovation around the technology and distribution of biofuels.
The newly founded World Biogas Association (WBA) has launched its first biogas advocacy report that presents the evidence to support the need for wide adoption of anaerobic digestion and biogas technologies in order to meet the UNFCCC COP 21 Commitments and UN Sustainable Development Goals. With the ability to reduce global greenhouse gas emissions by close to 20%, the potential of these technologies to contribute to a sustainable and carbon-neutral future is immense.
Launching the report, WBA President David Newman said, "The WBA report clearly illustrates how biogas capture and use can contribute an enormous amount to economic and environmental development globally. Whether we consider energy production, agriculture, public health or cleaner air in our cities, biogas can become a driver for positive change in our communities. Now is the time to increase the tempo of biogas uptake and bring these benefits to a wider, global community. The WBA aims to be a platform for collaboration, knowledge and best-practice sharing. We look forward to participation from companies, associations, universities, professionals, intergovernmental and other organisations from across all sectors of the economy."
The report highlights:
The global variation in scale of implementation of anaerobic digestion (from four cow micro-digesters to multiple megawatt landfill gas capture);
Feedstocks used (food waste and industrial effluents, sewage and wastewater, livestock manures, crops and crop residues);
Uses of biogas/landfill gas and by-products (electricity, heat, biomethane, digestate)
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