RUEIL-MALMAISON, France, March 20, 2019 /CNW/ -- The biomethane sector is booming worldwide. There will soon be more than 1,000 biomethane production plants operating in thirty-four countries, up from 720 at year-end 2017. Long centered in Europe, the green gas sector is indisputably going global.
Since 2010, world biomethane production has increased exponentially, reaching three billion cubic meters in 2017. In Europe, biomethane use is spreading across the continent. There are now nineteen European producing countries, whose output totalled nearly 2 bcm in 2017. The United States is now world leader for the use of biomethane as vehicle fuel, further to its production surge of 2014-2017 and driven by federal and state regulations. The fact that China and India have recently adopted biogas upgrading technology promises to be a game changer. Both countries have set ambitious biomethane production targets and figure as huge emerging markets. In Central and South America, Brazil is taking regulatory steps to exploit its huge potential.
Governments are increasingly recognizing the many benefits of biomethane. It helps reduce greenhouse gas emissions and pollution, improve air quality, promote waste management and recycling, encourage local-economy development and foster energy independence. As a result, a growing number of countries are setting up regulatory frameworks to support the biomethane sector.
Despite a flurry of projects and rising interest among governments and industry players worldwide, data on this sector are comparatively scarce and sources of information – national, regional or sectoral – are highly dispersed. To fill this void, CEDIGAZ, the International Centre on Natural Gas Information, is launching a new report and database focused on global biomethane markets and production plants. These are valuable tools for policy makers, energy companies, equipment providers or any entity or individual following this rapidly expanding market.
The report is structured as follows:
An overview of global biomethane production and markets, biogas upgrading plants, key drivers and future trends (region by region)
Country reviews for forty countries in Europe, North America, Asia, Central & South America and Africa
In-depth case studies on key developed and emerging biomethane markets, e.g. U.S., Canada, Brazil, Germany, France, China and India.
The database will offer:
Details concerning the main technical features, current status (existing, under construction and planned), production capacity and location of installations as of year-end 2017.
Data on 1,020 biomethane production plants in 34 countries.