The WBA advocates that Biogas production should be an important part of the strategy to reduce green house gas emissions and improve energy security everywhere, because biogas production uses feedstock that are otherwise wasted and left to decompose. This decay contributes to the increased emissions greenhouse gases into the atmosphere resulting in a
number of environmental problems. Biogas also replaces fossil fuels which further reduces
emissions of greenhouse gases.
“The global potential for biogas is very large. Estimations show that biogas could cover
around 6 % of the global primary energy supply, or one third of the current use of fossil gas.
Biogas can be produced in all countries around the world, as there are suitable feedstocks in
all societies,” says WBA president Heinz Kopetz. “One large advantage with biogas
production is that it often helps to mitigate other environmental problems, and reduce the
volumes of waste”.
The deployment of biogas technology requires a decentralized approach involving many new
entrepreneurs. The construction and successful operation of biogas plants need an integrated
support policy by the governments comprising the following elements:
- Training and education of the labor force
- Monitoring and continuous improvements in the plant’s operation
- Access to the electricity and the gas grid
- Reliable long-lasting financial support in the form of tariffs for
the electricity or biomethane sold to the grid and to vehicle fuels.
WBA advocates that each country sets up a biogas development plan with the target to use at
least 30% of the biogas potential by 2030. Such a plan should not only contain quantitative
targets but also an array of measures and a system of monitoring to reach the targets. This
should be valid for countries in the developing world as well as the developed world.
The global institutions such as the organization of the UN with its affiliates, the World Bank,
and the coming Green Climate Fund, should offer financing instruments that support small
and medium sized biogas plants and not only large-scale applications.
WBA is convinced that such an integrated approach to the development of biogas would
enhance the national energy security, generate employment (especially in rural areas) and
contribute positively to climate change mitigation.
The World Bioenergy Association (WBA) is the global organisation dedicated to supporting and representing the
wide range of actors in the bioenergy sector. Its members include national and regional bioenergy organisations,
institutions, companies and individuals.
The purpose of WBA is to promote the increasing utilisation of bioenergy globally in an efficient, sustainable,
economic and environmentally friendly way. Since its foundation in May 2008, WBA has been working to
address a number of pressing issues including certification, sustainability, standardisation, bioenergy promotion,
and the debates about bioenergy´s impact on food, land-use and water supply.