Exporting sustainable biogas/biomethane technologies from Europe to developing and emerging countries

The EU H2020 project DiBiCoo (Contract No. 857804) supports the European biogas/biomethane industry by preparing markets for the export of sustainable biogas/biomethane technologies from Europe to developing and emerging countries. This is achieved by the development and application of innovative digital and non-digital support and matchmaking tools and actions, by knowledge transfer and capacity building as well as by the preparation of demo cases up to the investment stage. This will increase the share of renewable energies, both in Europe and in importing countries.

More specifically, the DiBiCoo facilitates the diversification of the sales markets of the European industry and increases the deployment of biogas technologies in Latin America, Africa and Southeast Asia. The target countries (importing countries) are Argentina, Ethiopia, Ghana, Indonesia, and South Africa. For these markets, European technologies will need to be adapted to the local situations. The project addresses two main challenges in developing and emerging countries, namely the management and treatment of organic wastes, agricultural residues and the increased demand of renewable energy. DiBiCoo promotes technologies and concepts for the collection and treatment of organic wastes (e.g. bio-waste, food, feed and beverage processing waste, agricultural residues, catering waste) as well as biogas conversion technologies (anaerobic digestion and small-scale gasification) and its use (for upgrading, CHP, industrial processes, transport, etc.). In the target countries, demo cases will be developed with a systemic and life cycle approach in order to analyse opportunities and constrains. The project thus helps to mitigate GHG emissions by reducing emission from disposal of organic waste as well as by increasing the share of global renewable energy generation. It brings security of supply and rural workplaces.

Core activities of the DiBiCoo project are the active involvement of European technology providers through the European and national biogas associations, the collaboration with the target countries, the elaboration of a digital support tool, the implementation of capacity building measures and the identification of suitable project opportunities in the target countries.