Seven facts that make biomethane a Swiss Army Knife of sustainability for Europe

1. waste becomes valuable

Paris taxis and buses running climate neutral on Paris sewage and kitchen waste. 
Every city and farm has a lot of waste. In 2024, Europe is making separation of food waste mandatory. This will call for climate friendly recycling capacity.
By investing in clever waste treatment all cities and regions can produce their own green fuel distributed through grids and fueling stations already up and running. 

2. Urban & rural economy

Norwegian dairy giant Tine collecting milk from farms with trucks fueled by climate neutral fuel made from the same farm´s cow manure. When the waste of each region and city is turned inte storable vehicle fuel, both city and countrysides benefits. Less need for road transport of liquid fuels, more jobs since money now being paid for imported fuels stay in the local ecomomy. Improved economy for countryside farmers as they make money being part of the Green Deal.

3. baseload green Energy

Biomethane is not a transitional fuel, it is a fourth musketeer of renewable power alongside solar, hydroelectric and windpower. Available everywhere people live and eat.  

4. production 24/7

Unlike the mentioned three, biomethane production is independent of sunshine, rainfall, time of day or wind conditions. Waste being produced 24/7 means biomethane can deliver a steady baseload energy supply. This makes ROI on biomethane investments less sensitive to fluctuations in wheather and demand.

5. storable energy form

Another great advantage with gas is that it can be stored until needed. Thanks to the European gas grid, storage capacity of methane gas is huge, as is the transmission capacity.
And, in countries or areas without gas grids, mobile gas storage is a model tested to work in both Sweden and the US. 

6. secure Gradual greening

In 2020, the methane sold at US fueling stations for vehicles was 53% biomethane. (Europe 2022: 25%). The fact that Californian fueling stations offer 92% biomethane and other states less is no problem. The gas grid, just like the electrical grid, enables the perfect European market where Danish biomethane can be sold to German companies wanting to reduce their carbon footprint before domestic biomethane production picks up. As an example the 50% increase in Swedish biomethane consumtion in 2019 was made possible by Danish biomethane imported via pipeline.

7. Securing energy supply

Every city, region and country in Europe with an infrastructure for recycling waste into biomethane has a great edge. Increased autonomy both when it comes to fuel supply (and fertilizer, the other by-product of biomethane production), decreased dependency on long distance road transports, international poltics and global economy.