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.