Welcome to WBA’s online hub for the global biogas industry’s commitment to reduce global GHG emissions by 12% by 2030. Scroll down to find the latest research and advocacy and explore ways you can get involved.
We have just 10 years to prevent the irreversible impacts of climate change. The United Nations’ IPCC Special report of 2018 states that action must be taken by 2030 to prevent global warming above 1.5oC.
Biogas is the ready to use renewable energy that cuts emissions in the hardest to decarbonise sectors of transport, heat, waste management and agriculture. Using circular economy principles, anaerobic digestion (AD) transforms methane emitting organic wastes into energy (biogas), replacing fossil fuels, and renewable biofertilizer (digestate), recycling nutrients and replacing manufactured fertilizers.
AD has the potential to reduce global GHG emissions by 12% by 2030. And it is time to act now.
Landmark report: Global potential of biogas
The key finding of this report is that AD has the potential to reduce global GHG emissions by 3,290 to 4,360 Mt CO2 eq., which is equivalent to 10-13% of the world’s current greenhouse gas emissions. This is achieved through the generation of renewable energy in the form of biogas from the anaerobic digestion of wastes and landfill gas, combined with emissions avoided through the management of organic wastes and avoided fossil fertiliser manufacture, crop burning and deforestation, using technology available and widely used today.
The report was launched at the World Biogas Summit on 3rd July, 2019.
WBA President David Newman (left) and Dr Sarika Jain, author (right), present the Global Potential of Biogas report to Niclas Svenningsen, of the UNFCCC, at the World Biogas Summit 2019.
Biogas and Climate Change Commitment Declaration
In their Biogas and Climate Change Commitment Declaration, unveiled in November 2019, biogas industry leaders call on world governments to unlock the sector’s considerable potential towards meeting their Paris Agreement targets. In return, they commit to putting their full human, financial and technological resources behind enabling the rapid expansion of biogas in all parts of the globe.
WBA presented the Declaration in December 2019 to the UNFCCC at COP25 in Madrid.
WBA also co-hosted a webinar with the UN’s Climate & Clean Air Coalition (CCAC) about COP25 and the Declaration.
In December 2019, at the UNFCCC Conference of Parties in Madrid (COP25), David Newman, President of the World Biogas Association (WBA) presented H.E. Mr Ovais Sarmad, Deputy Executive Secretary of the United Nations Climate Change Secretariat, with WBA’s Biogas and Climate Change Commitment Declaration.
Next global report: Path to 2030
With experts predicting 2030 as the tipping point for climate change, every industry, including the biogas sector, needs to step up, layout a plan for their part in mitigating climate change and act on it.
This report will build on the potential of biogas identified in the Global Potential Report in 2019. It will present a vision of the world in 2030, how the industry will develop in the next decade to achieve that vision, and the policies that are needed to realise the full potential of the industry. We will present a toolkit of policies that have been implemented successfully around the globe.