U.S. releases Biogas Roadmap
August 5, 2014
By Canadian Biomass
August 5, 2014, Washington, D.C. - The U.S. government has released the Biogas Opportunities Roadmap highlighting the economic and environmental benefits that can result from constructing more biogas systems to recycle organic materials.
August 5, 2014, Washington, D.C. – The U.S. government has
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.
According to biogas industry experts, building 11,000 new systems
would result in at least $33 billion in capital expenditures for construction
activity generating approximately 275,000 short-term construction jobs and
18,000 permanent jobs to run the digesters.
"While the Roadmap appropriately increases federal and
local government focus on the significant environmental benefits biogas systems
bring to air, water and soil, we in the industry also see the opportunity to
build strong businesses," said Wayne Davis, Chairman of the Board of the
American Biogas Council. "The policy adjustments and new voluntary
initiatives in the Biogas Roadmap will help create a more fertile environment
to stimulate business growth using programs and resources already in place, but
better coordinated and utilized."
For the U.S. Biogas Roadmap, visit:
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