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When organic material (e.g. animal waste, agricultural residues) is digested by microorganisms in an environment with low or absent oxygen, it produces biogas. It is a mixture of gases, including methane, that can be used for power generation, transport, heating, cooling and cooking. If biogas is cleansed from impurities, it becomes biomethane, which can be used as a high-efficiency fuel source, replacing natural gas. Biogas and biomethane are clean and valid alternatives to LPG and other fossil fuels.

The GBEP Biogas activity group, led by ECOWAS and Viet Nam, acts as a forum for the exchange of information on biogas, fostering capacity building and technology transfer, as well as informing stakeholders of the trends, research and investments in this area.  

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COVER Stocktaking Paper

The paper analyses the factors that contribute to the success of biogas operations or projects in different regions of the world. The analysis is carried out using SWOT analysis; this approach seeks to identify the strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats of a particular business model through discussions with relevant stakeholders.

Cover page of the Viet Nam report on cassava ethanol and biogas

This report presents the results of the implementation of the GBEP indicators in Viet Nam to the two priority bioenergy pathways identified in Viet Nam: biogas at household, farm and industrial levels, and cassava-based ethanol.

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This report presents 24 indicators of sustainability regarding the production and use of modern bioenergy, to monitor and report on the environmental, social and economic aspects of sustainable development. The GBEP Sustainability Indicators (GSIs) are a relevant, practical, science-based tool that can inform policy-makers and other stakeholders in countries seeking to develop their bioenergy sector to help meet national goals of sustainable development.

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When produced with a circular approach, biogas and biomethane production are often more sustainable, economically efficient, and can help tackle environmental issues, such as soil erosion and waste management. 
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Biogenic CO2 is the carbon dioxide (CO2) resulting from the decomposition, digestion or combustion of biomass. Bio-CO2 produced in the biogas industry can be employed in carbon capture, utilization and storage (bio-CCUS) both for the long-term storage of carbon and for the production of other biomaterials, chemicals or fuels.

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In 2023, the 10th Bioenergy Week focuses on sustainable bioenergy integration in food production chains, aiding the development of bioenergy policies in Asia-Pacific.

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Management and disposal of wastes is a major global problem. Anaerobic digestion offers opportunities not only to minimise waste volumes but also to recover embodied energy in the form of biogas and biomethane. 

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This webinar explored case studies in Italy and Brazil on the use of digestate, the by-product of anaerobic digestion that can be used as an organic fertiliser, enhancing the circularity of and economic viability of biogas projec...

Virtual Event, 01/06/2022

This webinar focuses on developing local biogas value chains for the creation of sustainable green jobs.

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