The biogas industry works intensively on technological improvements including biological additives, energy efficiency, new feedstocks, plant building and process efficiency. In addition, it is constantly developing towards new markets beyond the borders of EU-28. These Success Stories have been written in close collaboration with our Company Members to show how such innovations are implemented.
Success Stories: anaerobic digestion of biodegradeable municipal solid waste in European cities
Following the recent policy developments in the waste management sector, including the introduction and push for source separated collection of biowaste, improved recycling targets and further shift from landfilling of biowaste – all combined and featured within the new Circular Economy Package, the EU Member States will have to look for improvements in their waste management practices and also tackle some waste streams that never entered the circular economy.
The European Biogas Association brings you 6 cities which are already ahead of time in terms of biowaste management, including sewage sludge from waste waters. These cities have applied anaerobic digestion as the best option for the treatment of biowaste coming from urban activities as a share of the total municipal solid waste. The publication you have in your hands shows all the benefits and opportunities a biogas plant brings to the local authority including energy recovery through electricity and heat generation, replacement of fossil fuels used in public bus fleets, renewable biomethane available for use for the local communities through existing gas grids. These cities and regions are now getting all the attention from the European perspective as they are constantly and deservedly considered as the real examples of good practices and forerunners in sustainable waste management.
Download the publication here. Or see each city’s sheet: