Quantification of GHG emissions from biogas plants

Benefits of setting up voluntary schemes for the monitoring and mitigation of GHG emission

Due to climate debates, the quantification of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from industrial plants is becoming more and more important. Emitting a high amount of GHG, the positive GHG balance of a biogas plant can vanish or is getting negative. In order to assess the environmental compatibility of a plant, it is important to consider the emissions, especially the methane emissions of a plant, since methane is a GHG with a very high impact (global warming potential in 100-year time span is 28). The mitigation of methane emissions from biogas plants is not only essential for climate protection, but is also very important because of safety issues, possible odour problems and because of economic reasons for the biogas plant owners.

Therefore, the EvEmBi project supports the development of a harmonized European voluntary scheme to monitor and mitigate GHG emissions on biogas plants. Quantification and monitoring of GHG emissions are necessary to guarantee sustainable biogas production and reward biogas plants performing better than standards. The biogas plant operator workshop will clarify why it is important to have voluntary schemes for emission control on biogas plants, will show where fugitive emissions are situated and how we can mitigate them. Next, the existing Swedish and Danish voluntary schemes will be explained, and the workshop will set out how we can pave the way towards a harmonized European voluntary system.


13.30 Welcome with coffee
14.00 Introduction and why we need to work on fugitive emissions. (Harm Grobrügge, EBA)
14.10 Fugitive methane emissions at biogas plants and possible mitigation measures (Tina Clauss, DBFZ)
14.40 What is it necessary to setup a voluntary system? (Johan Yngvesson, RISE)
15.00 Presentation of Swedish voluntary system (Terez Palffy, Swedish Waste Management Association )
15.20 Presentation of Danish voluntary system (Charlotte Scheutz, DTU Environment)
15.40 Towards a harmonized European voluntary system and introduction of training concepts (Mieke Decorte, EBA)
16.10 Discussion
16.30 Closure with snacks