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With the 2030 deadline to achieve the Global Methane Pledge to cut methane levels by at least 30% from 2020 levels, signed by 155 countries, now just over 5.5 years away, we need to urgently accelerate the expansion of biogas globally.

Treating and recycling the 105bn tonnes of organic wastes generated by humans every year, of which 98% remain untreated and emitting methane as they break down, can

  • deliver 50% of the Global Methane Pledge,
  • sufficient green gas to replace one third of today’s fossil gas consumption,
  • replace 105bn tonnes of inorganic fertiliser,
  • provide sufficient nutrient to fertilise 700 million hectares of arable land,
  • and create 10-15 million jobs worldwide.
The WBA’s world first, radical #MakingBiogasHappen (MBH) programme aims to cut years from the normal time it takes to develop the necessary policies, regulations and standards needed to support any industry.

The Global Biogas Regulatory Framework:

The first element, the Global Biogas Regulatory Framework, consists of all the necessary policies, regulations and standards the industry needs, thus facilitating the rapid development of projects able to secure funding.

Phase 1 collates the best and most effective of these from around the world, with changes to reflect experience, into a set of standardised templates which countries can then adapt to their specific circumstances.

As part of Phase 2, WBA will support individual countries, working with all relevant stakeholders, to adapt the standard Framework, developing a national Biogas Roadmap setting out all necessary actions to deliver the industry’s potential in that country as fast as possible.

The International Anaerobic Digestion Certification Scheme:

The first global certification scheme specifically for biogas, International Anaerobic Digestion Certification Scheme (ADCS International) sets out the minimum standards necessary to ensure every plant is designed, built and operated well.

Phase 1 will create the global standard. In Phase 2, WBA will work with individual countries to adapt this standard to their national circumstances.

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Biogas Plant in Italy
Biogas plant in South Africa
Biogas plant in China

These first two major projects of the MBH programme were started in January 2024 and are funded by the Global Methane Hub, TotalEnergies and GHD. Phase 1 of each of these two key elements will be completed by December 2024.


If you have expertise in any relevant area and wish to contribute, please contact Dr Sarika Jain at

Collaborate with us on #MakingBiogasHappen

We need your help to build a high-performing global biogas industry.

We are calling on our global network to collaborate with us on deploying our MBH programme and are asking national biogas associations, Anaerobic Digestion (AD) plant developers and industry experts to complete our survey and share the expertise and knowledge that are key to designing the Global Biogas Regulatory Framework and the International Anaerobic Digestion Certification Scheme.

Take the MBH Survey
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