Clean energy: the potential of organic waste

According to the new Report of the IEA (International Energy Agency), global biogas and biomethane resources can cover 20% of global gas demand and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. However, the world is using only a fraction of the potential to produce gas from organic waste

Some societies with developed economies produce increasing amounts of organic waste – such as agricultural waste, food waste and animal manure – that can be used to produce biogas and biomethane, clean energy sources with multiple potential benefits for sustainable development. 

“Biogas and biomethane may play important roles in a sustainable energy future, but we are currently missing this opportunity to reduce waste and reduce emissions,” said Dr. Fatih Birol, Executive Director of the IEA. “Pressure from governments can give biogas and biomethane the time it needs, with benefits in energy, transportation, agriculture and the environment,” he added. 

In addition, there is another advantage to organic waste: all parts of the world can produce significant biogas and/or biomethane. The biggest opportunities are in the Asia Pacific, North and South America, Europe and Africa region.