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March 8, 2018 – Austrian bioenergy company Biogest has received its first order to build an agricultural biogas plant in the Mayenne region in north western France. Biogest regards its Charchigné project as a showcase project in that it has the potential to become one of the largest agricultural biogas plants in France and will act as an essential reference plant for future projects, including planned projects in the United Kingdom, the Czech Republic, Serbia, Romania, Croatia, Bulgaria, Slovakia, Hungary, Poland and Austria.
March 8, 2018 – On March 1, the European Commission approved an Italian support scheme for the production and distribution of advanced biofuels, including advanced methane, for use in the transportation sector. The scheme has an indicative budget of €4.7 billion ($5.92 billion) and will run from 2018 through 2022. A notice released by the European Commission notes that advanced biofuels and methane are the most sustainable and environmentally friendly biofuels, and have a much higher production cost than the fossil fuels they replace.
March 9, 2018 – Renewable gas not only took centre stage at the EBA Conference held in Antwerp in January, but also promises to remain central to the challenges of the next decade. Jan Stambasky, president of the association, underlines the need for an adequate legislative framework and looks with optimism to the new European policies due to be adopted in 2018, including the “Renewable Energy Directive” (RED II), which will impact the development of renewable energy for a whole decade between 2020 and 2030.
March 12, 2018 – In British Columbia, Surry’s biofuel facility officially opened March 9 in the Port Kells industrial area. The $68 million facility is the first fully integrated closed-loop organic waste management system in North America. The facility will convert curbside organic waste into renewable biofuel to fuel the city’s fleet of natural gas powered waste collection and service vehicles.
March 13, 2018 – Construction of a biomethane production and injection plant has begun in Marseille, France. The facility will produce the renewable gas from the wastewater treatment process. On 8 March Suez, through its subsidiary SERAMM (Service d’Assainissement Marseille Metropole), officially commenced construction on the new facility. Aix-Marseille-Provence metropolitan area, Suez, the French Water Agency, the French Environment and Energy Management Agency and Provence Alpes Côte d’Azur region have invested €9.2 million in the conversion of part of Marseille’s Geolide wastewater treatment plant.
March 13, 2018 – What processes can be generated with the incorporation of a biogas plant within a farm? And how can implementing the Biogasdoneright® model lead to the closing of a “virtuous circle”? We find out through the words of members of the Consorzio Italiano Biogas (Italian biogas consortium).
March 13, 2018 – Audi Brussels has been awarded a CO2 neutral certificate by the Belgian testing company Vinçotte. According to a statement, the award means Audi Brussels is operating the world’s first certified CO2 neutral high volume production plant in the premium segment. The German car maker’s Belgian facility covers all production processes and all other emissions generated at the plant either by renewable energies (approximately 95%), or compensates for them though environmental projects (5%).
March 13, 2018 – Nature Energy, Denmark’s ‘biggest’ biogas producer, has submitted an application to the Municipality of Kolding to construct a new biogas facility. The Mayor of the Municipality, which is located in the south east of the country, on the Jutland peninsula, has lauded the positive impact the development will have for the local area. “Biogas has been a declared goal for the Municipality of Kolding for eight years, and we now have all the figures for the benefits,” enthused Jørn Pedersen, Kolding’s Mayor.
March 14, 2018 – Farm manure could be a viable source of renewable energy to help reduce greenhouse gas emissions that cause global warming. Researchers at the University of Waterloo are developing technology to produce renewable natural gas (RNG) from manure so it can be added to the existing energy supply system for heating homes and powering industries. That would eliminate particularly harmful gases released by naturally decomposing manure when it is spread on farm fields as fertilizer and partially replace fossil natural gas, a significant contributor to global warming.
March 15, 2018 – In 2017, twenty four year-old Thomas Fabry was the youngest ever winner of the Gerd Sonnleitner Prize, awarded for his public relations work for modern zootechnics in Germany. As well as managing a farm he produces videos on the dynamics of the agricultural sector with the aim of providing simple, objective and informative content, sharing this on social networks with thousands of followers. We ask his advice on how to make the most of social networks on behalf of the biogas sector, including the mistakes to avoid.