WELLE Group and Other Global Biogas Industry Leaders Call on Governments Around the World to Unlock the Full Potential of Biogas in Addressing the Climate Emergency
If all barriers were removed, the biogas industry could abate up to 4bn tonnes of CO2 equivalent annually, representing at least 12% of today’s global emissions, by 2030.
Today only 2% of the feedstock available globally to produce biogas is captured and recycled.
At the COP25 meeting, the World Biogas Association and its leading corporate members will present UNFCCC with a Declaration in which they commit to delivering the full potential of biogas by 2030 and call upon world governments to support this ambition.
On December 2nd, the 25th United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP25) was held in Madrid, Spain. As the only Chinese company, WELLE Environmental Group Co., Ltd. (“WELLE” or the “Company”) signed a ground-breaking Biogas and Climate Change Commitment Declaration, along with other 15 major biogas industry corporations including SUEZ and Engie. These companies called on the world's governments to act urgently to unlock the sector's potential to cut global greenhouse gas emissions by at least 12% within the next 10 years – and therefore make a considerable contribution towards meeting their Paris Agreement targets. In return, these companies commit to putting their full human, financial and technological resources behind enabling the rapid expansion of biogas in all parts of the globe. It is the first time that so many powerful biogas organizations join forces to both demand – and deliver – solutions to address climate change.
WBA President David Newman said: "With measures on the ground not yet aligned with countries' Paris Agreement targets and UN Sustainable Development Goals commitments, the biogas industry calls on the world's governments to urgently pass legislation to unleash the enormous potential of the biogas industry. We provide a ready to use technology to cut emissions in the hardest to decarbonise sectors, while creating a circular system that transforms the greenhouse gas-emitting organic wastes society produces into renewable energy, biofertilisers and other valuable bioproducts. The speed at which climate change is accelerating emphasizes the urgent need for responses that go beyond the business-as-usual to remove the barriers to large scale investment in biogas technologies. We need decisive actions now."
Mr. Li Yao, Marketing Director of WELLE Group mentioned, “As a leader in organic waste treatment and biogas industry, WELLE possesses mature biogas production technologies to produce clean, low-carbon renewable natural gas from a wide range of organic waste sources. We call upon people from around the world to support the potential for the biogas industry to significantly cut global greenhouse gases. By creating favorable policies to fight against climate change we can leverage existing biogas technologies to make a significant contribution to reduce greenhouse gases.”
Biogas project contracted by HEEE (WELLE’s subsidiary)
David and WBA Chief Executive Charlotte Morton will deliver the Declaration in person to H.E. Patricia Espinosa, Executive Secretary of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change at the COP25 meeting in Spain, which they will be attending as the WBA is an Observer Party to the Conference.
Signatories to the Declaration:
World Biogas Association WELLE Environmental Group, China
Asia Biogas, Thailand IES BIOGAS, Italy
Clarke Energy, UK MONTELLO, Italy
DMT Environmental Technology, Netherlands & USA Nature Energy, Denmark
Eisenmann Corporation, Germany OMEX Environmental, UK
ENGIE, France SHV Energy, Netherlands
Greenlane Renewables, Canada SUEZ, France
Greve Biogass, Norway Grissan, UK
Notes to editors
The signatories to the Declaration are companies that develop and finance, design, build and operate industrial anaerobic digestion plants and related infrastructure globally to treat and recycle biodegradable wastes and feedstocks to produce biogas or biomethane, green CO2, natural fertilisers and other bioproducts.
The biogas industry captures emissions from organic wastes and turns them into energy for diverse end-uses such as electricity and biomethane for heat and transport. Biogas production also generates environmentally friendly solutions for soil fertilisation. The industry can therefore help to speed up the shift away from fossil fuels towards a zero-carbon economy and a sustainable agriculture.
The Global Potential of Biogas report highlights the potential of AD as a technology to generate renewable energy, abate GHG emissions and recover organic nutrients and carbon for use on soil. The report also sets out the potential of AD to help meet the climate change targets under the Paris Agreement.
Launched at COP22 in Marrakesh in 2016, the World Biogas Association is the global trade association for the biogas, landfill gas and anaerobic digestion (AD) sectors, and is dedicated to facilitating the adoption of biogas globally. It believes that the global adoption of biogas technologies is a multi-faceted opportunity to produce clean, renewable energy while resolving global issues related to development, public health and economic growth.
WELLE Environmental Group is an energy saving and environmental protection enterprise with core technology and continuous innovation ability, possessing over 60 subsidiaries. The company’s business scope covers three areas: urban environmental governance, agricultural and rural environmental governance and industrial energy saving and environmental protection. It occupies the leading position in food and kitchen waste treatment, waste leachate treatment, biogas and bio-methane generation, VOC recovery and other market segments.