Benefits of Biogas

Biogas Provides Multiple Value-Added Benefits to Society as a Whole

Agricultural

Anaerobic digestion of livestock manure and organic food residuals provides security to the agricultural/ food sector. Several benefits include:

  • financial diversification and risk mitigation through energy sales
  • implementing strong nutrient management practices
  • supporting local processing of agricultural production
  • reducing commercial fertilizer requirements and costs

 

Economic

The green economy benefits of biogas are considerable and include:

  • local job creation in technical, manufacturing and construction/trades
  • economic development generating billions of dollars of investment in rural communities
  • creation of useful by-products from wastes, acting as a significant economic multiplier

 

Energy

As a source of renewable energy, biogas has unique characteristics and offers many energy end uses. Biogas can:

  • generate reliable, flexible power 24/7
  • manage intermittent renewable power supply through means of storage and flexible power
  • improve/support local infrastructure and power quality
  • upgrade to renewable natural gas (RNG) for injection into the natural gas grid, delivering ‘green’ renewable energy through existing infrastructure
  • be compressed for use as transportation fuel, or direct replacement of fossil-sourced natural gas in household heating, or industrial, commercial and institutional processes

 

Environmental

The environmental benefits of biogas are numerous.

  • capture and use of methane, a greenhouse gas 21 times worse than CO2
  • convert high energy waste streams into fuel, diverting them from landfill
  • control weed seed germination, reducing herbicide use
  • remove odour-causing compounds
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As taken from the Biogas Association website.

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