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Roundtable sets out to agree international standards for biogas


The quarterly meeting of the WBA National Associations Roundtable met on 2nd August, part of an ongoing programme to enable the rapid deployment of biogas solutions globally.

At the meeting market updates were delivered by 13 national biogas associations: Brazil, Canada, Estonia, France, Germany, Korea, New Zealand, Poland, Slovakia, South Africa, Spain, UK and Ukraine.

New Zealand and Brazil also delivered focused presentations – New Zealand on digestate certification and Brazil on routes to market in the country. Germany reported back on efforts to boost biogas production and energy security in the wake of the gas crisis and need to replace imports from Russia.

The review of Scope 1-3 emissions by the World Resources Institute remains a critical issue that could adversely impact the biogas sector. WBA is representing the industry in this review having raised the alarm over the initial proposals, which could adversely impact gas to grid development.

Technical Support Manager Josh Henthorne reported back on WBA’s initial discussions with the WRI ahead of further meetings with the Institute.

To give confidence to the market and regulators that biomethane certificates represent meaningful decarbonisation, member national associations were asked to feed into the development of a standardised international Lifecycle Analysis (LCA) of biogas plants that meets globally accepted standards.

It was agreed the harmonisation of operating standards internationally, tied in to an LCA, is critical to enable the deployment of safe and high performing plants that can help achieve the Global Methane Pledge targets by 2030 – identified by the UN as the fastest and most economic way to keep global warming below 2C.

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To see a recording of the meeting, focused presentations and minutes

The WBA National Associations Roundtable facilitates knowledge exchange among national associations around the world – with the core objective of helping these organisations and their members to be as effective as possible in delivering global growth for the anaerobic digestion (AD) and biogas industry.

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