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Waste not, want not: How methane biogases can help us reach our climate goals

Matt Tomich writes in The Hill about the role that methane biogases can play in reducing emissions.

The C3 Take
  • Industry and government are targeting ways to reduce methane emissions in the United States.
  • One avenue that should be pursued is harnessing methane from food and agricultural waste.
  • By being processed in airless tanks called anaerobic digesters (ADs), methane can be converted into renewable natural gas, which has a lower methane and CO2 footprint than traditional LNG.
  • ADs can also capture methane from landfills and use it to create bio-fertilizers for farming operations.

“While other approaches like composting or methane-eating microbes can also help reduce methane emissions, ADs are proven and scalable now and offer the biggest bang for the buck. U.S. organic waste is a huge climate liability if left unaddressed; it’s also a major renewable energy resource that remains largely untapped. Scaling up ADs can change that.”

Read the full article here.

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