The BiogasAction final booklet has been released!

The final BiogasAction booklet, which is aimed at providing a summary of the project’s best achievements and increasing the involvement of multipliers and business, has been presented and disseminated at the BiogasAction final event in Brussels on the 11th of October.

The document offers an overview of the activities developed during the BiogasAction project, showing efforts and success stories in boosting the rapid development of the biogas/biomethane sector in the EU. Promotion of synergies and exchange of information between different players involved in the biogas production were among the main challenges of the project. Relying on knowledge-sharing initiatives, BiogasAction partners have been able to identify success factors for biogas development at regional level and to reflect on how different initiatives can be transferred to other European regions.

From these positive examples, some conclusions and recommendations have been made for speeding up the development of the European biogas sector, taking into account the regional pre-conditions and approaches. Regular cooperation between different stakeholders is crucial for biogas promotion to exchange information and knowledge on the state of art of the biogas sector. In this regard, the development of a free-access online toolbox for biogas plant developers is one of the key actions put in place by the BiogasAction project for taking advantage of available knowledge, data and information and build a solid knowledge base of existing EU and national projects and tools concerning the biogas. In addition, well-established relations with the existing biogas plants are essential to get the adequate data to support successful models for biogas development. Still, a constructive dialogue and a closer cooperation are also relevant for the industry and the research sectors when considering biogas optimisation.

At the same time, raising awareness on competitiveness of biogas compared to another renewable resources is also crucial for developing a local energy production and promoting the implementation of a sustainable economy. This can also help incorporating biogas in strategic plans for energy, with the aim to address challenges that cannot be solved by other types of renewable energy. In this respect, BiogasAction partners also identified a lack of knowledge on biogas within the public authorities, which can be challenging for the development of a suitable regulatory framework. This can be tackled by promoting knowledge-exchange within public authorities and other stakeholders. Case studies and materials developed by BiogasAction can showcase how this can be done in practice.

 

Keen to know more? Download the booklet here

Press release – The BiogasAction final conference highlights the essential role of regional cooperation on the development of biogas in Europe

Brussels22 October– The final conference the BiogasAction project took place on 11 October in Brussels in the framework of the European Week of the Regions and Cities. It gathered together numerous biogas stakeholders to discuss the current role of biogas on EU energy and environmental

targets, as well as to present the positive developments on biogas valorisation in the different regions targeted by this project. “Biogas can be an important game changer in the shift towards bioeconomy. It boosts the development of renewable energy, reduces emissions, promotes
regional development and makes a positive contribution to circular economy”. Explained Nils Daugaard, coordinator of the BiogasAction project.

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EIHP discussing about the first croatian biogas plant treating food waste

Our partner from Croatia, the Energy Institute Hrvoje Pozar in Zagreb, represented by the doctor Biljana Kulisic, has been invited to discuss about the role of biogas in the next future.

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BiogasAction project final event – Unlocking the potential of biogas for the energy transition

After 3 years, BiogasAction project is coming to its end!

We are, therefore, pleased to invite you to our Final Conference “Unlocking the potential of biogas for energy transition”, which will be taking place on the 11th October at Palais des Academies, Brussels.

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The BiogasAction Final Conference – Save the Date!

Join us at the Conference and learn how the BiogasAction experts stimulated the development of biogas in 9 European regions.

Practicalities

Oct 11th, 2018

Palais des Académies, 1 rue Ducale, 1050 Bruxelles

Biogas Action consortium meets in Croatia to discuss the last project steps!

Biogas Action aims to serve as vehicle for the development of the European biogas sector and to increase the biogas and biomethane production in the European Union, by focusing on removing the non-technical barriers to contribute to creating better frameworks for the widespread production of biogas and biomethane, in line with the EU 2020 targets.

EBA is part of the project consortium that gathered together last week in Croatia to share the outcomes in the different regions involved. The meeting was hosted by Energy Institute Hrvoje Pozar – EIHP. Different workshops were organised during this two-day discussion to exchange insights and evaluate the second period of core interventions carried out in the target regions, as well as their replication activities in other areas. The achievements and challenges on the implementation of biogas for each region were tackled during the exchange of views. This showed both the distinctive features and the common challenges that each target region faces at present in the biogas sector.

This gathering was also the occasion to plan the update of the toolbox created in the framework of the project. The partners have shared their experiences with an approved list of existing documentation of successful national tools, EU projects and success stories. This information has been used, on the one hand, to create a database of existing tools and guidelines for biogas promotion in Europe to boost the development of operating biogas plants or to find answers for a planned biogas project. On the other hand, to publish a map of successful biogas installations across Europe to allow stakeholders using the tool finding the perfect match for their own local conditions. The updated version will be ready soon on the online toolbox.

The experiences and activities shared by the partners will be presented in the final booklet that will summarise the project objectives, achievements and recommendations for the successful implementation of biogas across Europe. This document will be disseminated during the final conference that will take place on 11 October in Brussels. The invitation to this half-day conference will be sent out soon, so stay tuned on the next details and on the conference programme. Check the news on the project website!

Training videos for owners of micro anaerobic digestion plants

In the frame of the BiogasAction H2020 project, the Severn Wye Energy Agency has been concentrating its activities on promoting the concept of small-scale, on-farm and waste based anaerobic digestion.

In the frame of the BiogasAction H2020 project, the Severn Wye Energy Agency (SWEA) has been concentrating its activities on promoting the concept of small-scale, on-farm and waste based anaerobic digestion (AD). As part of its capacity-building actions, SWEA developed AD training videos aimed at the micro- AD plant owners that may not have the time to commit to more in-depth training, but they are not intended to replace more in-depth training.  Six 3-5 minute-long films cover key aspects of managing a micro-AD plant:

The Welsh Government has demonstrated a keenness to engage with the concept of small-scale, on-farm and waste based AD. If a model can be established in Wales there is no particular reason that this could not be extended to England and the remainder of the UK.

In August 2017, there were 18 Anaerobic Digestion (AD) plants in Wales, of which 13 were completed in the previous 4 years. Seven food waste plants exist, and a further eight plants are believed to be in the developmental process. Two of the existing plants process “other waste” (abattoir waste, and the organic fraction of municipal solid and commercial and industrial wastes). The remaining nine AD plants are farm fed.

With the exception of food waste processing plants, the AD industry in Wales is centred upon small to medium scale facilities, and it has been identified that this lower capacity, i.e. farm scale AD, is the area that requires the most support.

  • Read more here about the development of biogas in Wales and the main contribution of the BiogasAction project.

Biogas Action: regional progress – April 2018

A key project objective is to create a favourable environment for biogas and biomethane development in the target regions Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes and Western part of France, Wales/UK, Croatia, Czech Republic, Netherlands, Denmark, Latvia and South-East Sweden. This is done around the following themes of intervention:
•    Institutional-building
•    Strengthening the biogas sector framework
•    Optimizing business models and financing of biogas projects.
•    Optimizing biogas production
•    Assistance to specific high-quality biogas project development
The regional partners have developed a strategy on how best to intervene taking into consideration the circumstances in each region. The project meetings and other regular contacts are used to evaluate the progress and exchange knowledge and experiences. Below are some highlights of achievements in the regions.

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Biogas Action releases a new online toolbox focusing on successful biogas installations in Europe

As part of the EU project Biogas Action, a new online toolbox was made available for users to explore successful biogas installations across Europe. The toolbox also allows to navigate through the extensive Biogas Action database, providing existing tools and guidelines for biogas promotion in Europe in order to boost the development of operating biogas plants or to find answers for planned biogas projects.

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Biogas Action Webinar – Biomethane in the Transition to a Clean Transport

WEBINAR: The Use of Biomethane in the Transition to a Clean Transport – Challenges and Opportunities

Date: 14th of November 2017, 11:00 am CET

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