Minimum requirements for European voluntary systems for self and external inspection of possible methane emissions on biogas and biomethane plants
For a fast-growing technique, such as biogas and biomethane production, it is vital making progress in performance. Besides developing all kinds of efficiency improvements, one key puzzle is minimizing the unwanted releases of possible methane emissions. Therefore, reliable data concerning fugitive methane emissions at biogas and biomethane plants are necessary. Plant operators must be supported in obtaining better data and knowledge about potential emissions at their plants, how to avoid emissions and how to further improve the environmental performance of their biogas system.
The European Biogas Association (EBA), together with the partners of the EVEMBI (Evaluation and Reduction of Methane Emissions from Different European Biogas Plant Concepts) project, elaborated a report proposing minimum requirements and recommendations to facilitate the development and the implementation of national voluntary monitoring systems for self and external inspection of possible
methane emissions on biogas and biomethane plants in European countries.
Lessons learned and knowledge build-up from existing voluntary systems in Europe (Sweden, Denmark and Switzerland) served as basis for the content of this document, which integrates the information sheet for biogas industry ‘Methane emission mitigation strategies‘.
The German version of the report is available and can be downloaded here.