Biogas Council Applauds Multi-Agency Roadmap
Aug 4, 2014
Biogas Opportunities Roadmap will support growth of the U.S. biogas industry
Washington, D.C. - Friday, the White House released the Biogas Opportunities Roadmap highlighting the economic and environmental benefits that can result from constructing more biogas systems to recycle organic materials. The Biogas Roadmap, a part of the Obama administration's Strategy to Reduce Methane Emissions, culminates a cross-agency collaboration between the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), Department of Energy (DOE) and Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
The United States currently has more than 2,000 sites producing biogas and the Roadmap says that with the proper support, more than 11,000 additional biogas systems could be deployed in the United States. If fully realized, these biogas systems could produce enough energy to power more than 3 million American homes and reduce methane emissions equivalent to 4 to 54 million metric tons of greenhouse gas emissions in 2030, the annual emissions of between 800,000 and 11 million passenger vehicles.
"Federal Agency commitments in the Biogas Roadmap will boost industry efforts already underway to grow U.S. biogas business," said Patrick Serfass, Executive Director of the American Biogas Council. "Biogas system technologies are commercially proven but certain existing policies, plus a lack of awareness and recognition of biogas system benefits, limit industry growth. The activities outlined in the Biogas Roadmap, when properly executed, will take a large step forward to remove obstacles currently limiting construction of new biogas systems."