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NNFCC News Review: Bioenergy Issue 139, October 2023

Category: bioenergy
Published: 19/10/2023
Author: NNFCC
Each month we review the latest news and select key announcements and commentary from across the bioenergy sector.

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As a growing number of companies commit to various decarbonisation solutions, renewable natural gas (RNG) could play an increasingly important role in different sectors.

Renewable natural gas, also known as biomethane or green gas, represents a remarkable intersection of sustainable energy and waste management. RNG is produced by capturing, upgrading, and utilising methane produced from the decomposition of organic materials, such as food waste, agricultural residues, manure, landfill waste and sewage. RNG’s benefits are two-fold: it helps reduce harmful greenhouse gas emissions by repurposing waste that would otherwise decay and release methane, a potent greenhouse gas, while simultaneously providing a clean energy source. RNG is seeing increased uptake across various sectors, from transportation to industry, where it is replacing conventional natural gas.

In Spain, oil company Cepsa set an ambitious roadmap to cut its CO2 emissions by 55% by 2030 (Scope 1 and 2) compared to 2019, and aims to be carbon neutral by 2050, which will require the use of biomethane in its industrial processes...

Other News this Month Includes:  


  • EBA set to collaborate with global GHG Protocol to develop rules for reporting of biomethane procurement
  • Irish biomethane strategy delayed until the end of the year
  • Australia opens applications for “Hydrogen Headstart” programme


  • Ixora Energy Ltd acquired by ENGIE
  • Cepsa reached agreement with Kira Ventures to develop biomethane plants in Spain
  • More...

Research & Development

  • Methaplanet secures financing from EIT InnoEnergy for biogas production-boosting technology
  • Japanese company works on biomethane-based rocket fuels

Biomass Heat and Power

  • Fortum inaugurates first large-scale biomass plant in Latvia
  • Göteborg Energi invests in new biomass-fired steam boiler

Energy from Waste

  • Patriot Hydrogen advances pioneering waste-to-energy project


  • Waitrose becomes the first UK retailer to deploy RNG-powered tractors
  • Swancote Energy invests in new facilities to generate biomethane from commercial food waste
  • More...

Carbon Capture

  • Climeworks explores carbon dioxide capture project from air in Kenya


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