Frequently asked questions

1. Isn´t this all just BS since the volume of biogas/biomethane can we produce is insignificant?

Wrong. The amount of biomethane we can produce from waste is considerable.
Examples: Just by turning the annual kitchen waste in France into biomethane equals the fuel used by 700 000 cars. (source:  The European Biogas Association estimates a European potential of 1000 TWh. This equals ten times the energy used by all Swedish transport sectors/year. Biomethane production in the form shown in our movie about Tom Birgersson, recycling wet waste using bacteria, will cover 20% of a country´s transport energy. (including cars, buses, heavy trucks and shipping) 

2. Methane is a very potent green house gas. Isn´t methane bad for the climate?

Yes, methane is "bad for the climate". However, using biomethane in a car doesnt mean that methane emissions increase. The combustion of methane in an engine turns it into carbon dioxide and water. And, in the case of biomethane compared to natural gas the emittied carbon dioxide is non fossil meaning it does not increase the climate threat.

3.If we allow the Car manufacturers to continue producing methane cars, won´t they just keep fueling them with fossil energy?

We don´t see that risk. One way of safeguarding that European methane cars will be carbon neutral or negative would be to gradually increase the legislated percentage of biomethane at EU fueling stations. Say: by 2025, 100% biomethane. Sweden has this goal for 2023 and in Denmark it is already a fact (March 2021). That way the risk of any methane powered car fueling fossil gas is zero.

By the way, the remark "you can´t see on the car wheather it is fueled with 50%, 100% biomethane or even 100% fossil energy" goes for electric cars as well. No one sees the difference between a Dutch electrical car charged with the present elecricity mix of 81% fossil or one charged with 100% solar power. (Just as the Dutch methane mix, presently containing 85% renewable energy, doesn´t show on the outside of the Dutch Audi g-trons either. Cars now being taxed at production as if they were running on 100% fossil methane when they in the Dutch reality run on a gas mix only containing 15% fossil gas) 

4. Biofuels use food or trees to replace fossil energy. I think the idea of making fuel for cars from food and forests is horrible. Isn´t this what biogas is made of?

No it´s not. Biogas/biomethane is made from waste. Kitchen waste like used coffe grinds, potate peels, used frying oil, the parts of cooking we cant eat. And from sewage, and runoff water from breweries, manure form farms, grass clippings, plant residue from sugar or ethanol production, lots and lots of material that is now burnt or just left to decompose, which is REALLY BAD for the climate. That process is put to good use with biogas technology.

Afterword: as clever as it gets - biogas

Producing sustainable energy from wind, sun and water are by now well established techniques. But there´s an even more versatile way of meeting the needs of tomorrow´s world. Producing energy from the waste availiable in the same place where energy demand is high - metropolitan areas.

Biogas is storable and it´s production independent of rain, if it´s day or night, windy or not. Independent of long distance transportation or power lines. Biogas makes the cities cleaner, smarter and safer, and the countryside a better place to live both economically and environmentally.

A growing number of world economies are taking a first step towards reducing their carbon footprint by replacing coal and oil with natural gas (fossil methane) China is doing it and so is India, the USA, Russia and Europe.
Thanks to 25 years of research, Sweden and swedish regions are leading the second step of this change: replacing natural gas with biogas/biomethane (non-fossil methane) Changing from natural gas to biogas means going carbon neutral.

In Sweden you can learn everything about how biogas best is produced from a wide variety of waste such as food waste, sewage, residue from forrestry or farming, seaweed, manure or byproducts from the food industry. 

You can also study and buy technology enabling the replacement of natural gas by biogas in everything from industrial processes, heating, electricity production or as fuel in ships or cars.
Biogas is storable. And then there´s this: apart from energy, biogas production also renders ecologic fertiliser. 

The biogas system makes it easier for farmers to make money from fuel production and simultaneously increasing availiability of high quality fertiliser.

The techniques developed by Swedish municipalities are simply the most clever, advanced and flexible system for solving problems in economy, energy, waste, national security and climate availiable today. Biogas is circular economy at it´s best and the most economic way to replace the use of fossil fuels in transports world wide. At sea and on land. Biogas reduces the need for transports of fuel between countries. Biogas secures the country´s own supply of energy and fertiliser at the same time as more money stay in the country creating jobs instead of ending up abroad as payment for imported fuel.

Finishing off as we started, in a truly circular way: the unbelievably clever concept of biomethane. LIVE in Europe!