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Tuesday, 08 October 2013 14:48

Bio-energy as an important renewable energy source

The World Bio-energy Association (WBA) launched the fact sheet “Biogas – an important renewable energy source”.

The World Bio-energy Association (WBA) presented its fifth publication, “Biogas – an important renewable energy source”, recently as part of a series of documents intended to be utilised by the media and industry as verifiable, easily referenced source of information addressing global biogas usage and potential.

The fact sheet discusses current and potential biogas supply for a variety of uses or markets, including electricity, heat and transportation fuels.

WBA president Heinz Kopets says: “The global potential for biogas is very large. Estimations show that biogas could cover about 6% of the global primary energy supply, or one third of the current use of fossil gas. Biogas can be produced in all countries around the world.”

The WBA advocates that biogas production should be an important part of the strategy to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and improve energy security everywhere, because biogas production uses feedstock that is otherwise wasted and left to decompose. The deployment of biogas technology requires a decentralised approach involving many new entrepreneurs.

According to the WBA’s report, the construction and successful operation of biogas plants need an integrated support policy by the governments comprising the following elements:

• Training and education of the labour force.

• Monitoring and continuous improvements in the plant’s operation.

• Access to the electricity and gas grid.

• Reliable long-lasting financial support in the form of tariffs for the electricity or bio-methane sold to the grid and to vehicle fuels.


The WBA is convinced that such an integrated approach to the development of biogas would enhance the national energy security, generate employment and contribute positively to climate change mitigation.

View the full fact sheet on

Full thanks and acknowledgement are given to the World Bio-energy Association for the information given to write this article.

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