Wednesday, 14 November 2018

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Within the Ecomondo fair in Rimini, IREN Group has been one of the awarded companies for the Italian Sustainability prize 2018 for its activities in BioMethER project concerning the development of the pilot plant in Roncocesi.

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Tuesday, 23 October 2018

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Thursday, 18 October 2018

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The second national meeting on biomethane took place on October 11 in Bologna organized by the NGO Legambiente with the contribution of BioMethER who was amongst the industrial experiences presented at the conference.

In Italy, natural gas plays an important role as it represents the 34.6% of gross domestic consumption: 70.914 million cubic meters, distributed between the residential  (40.7% of consumption), industrial (20.4%) and transport (1.5%) sectors.

Biomethane production in the agricultural sector alone could cover 12% of current consumption of gas in Italy with obvious environmental and economic advantages. Biomethane is a fundamental link for the correct treatment of biodegradable waste in the context of the new circular economy scenario at the national level, starting from the central and southern regions of Europe. It can also play a fundamental role in our country's energy strategy, to reduce air pollution and to combat climate change.

According to the Italian Thermotechnical Committee the biomethane is able, in fact, to avoid the emission of greenhouse gases of at least 75% compared to those of fossil fuels, a fundamental contribution to the goal of containing the global warming within 1.5 degrees centigrade as recently advocated by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC).

All presentations (in Italian) are available here

Monday, 24 September 2018

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The fourth edition of the international congress "Biogas Science 2018 - Biogas 4.0: moving towards a self-sustainable biogas sector", exchange platform for scientific knowledge on technology, agronomy, chemistry & biology and economy within the anaerobic digestion sector, was held in Turin last september.

CRPA, scientific coordinator of BioMethER, presented a vision on the future of the biogas value chain and a poster dedicated to IRETI upgrading plant, producing biomethane from anaerobic digestion biogas in the wastewater treatment plant of Roncocesi.

Both are available:
Biomethane and Power to Gas as the future of biogas chain
Poster - Biomethane from wastewater sludge: an upgrading plant in Italy

Friday, 10 August 2018

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The consultation aims to collect views on how the urban waste water treatment directive (Council Directive 91/271/EEC concerning urban waste water treatment), has affected urban waste water collection and treatment across the EU and thereby improved the state of our water bodies and the environment in general.

Contribute by Oct 19/2018 at this link:

Wednesday, 8 August 2018

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New boost for biomethane use for transport in Italy: SNAM and API have signed a framework agreement for the development of approximately 200 new natural gas and biomethane fuelling stations in Italy, within IP commercial network. The agreement is part of both companies’ commitment to promoting sustainable mobility and aims to extend the distribution network of natural gas for transport throughout the country.

New boost for biomethane use in the transport sector in Italy from the Snam-Api framework agreement. Snam and Api Group will jointly identify existing fuelling stations on the IP ordinary and motorway networks where they will be able to install facilities to supply CNG (compressed natural gas) to cars. Distributors of LNG (liquefied natural gas) for heavy-duty vehicles are also under consideration. The first 30 stations will be contractualized within the first few months of 2019.

The use of natural gas in transport is one of the leading technologies available to help reduce emissions and improve air quality, as well ensuring significant financial benefits for consumers.

Today’s agreement will help promote sustainable mobility in Italy therefore benefitting both the environment and consumers. Snam4Mobility’s initiatives are aimed at sector operators to support the development of natural gas and biomethane fuelling stations and their increased presence in the country’s various regions, which will help improve the quality of supply to consumers.

Italy is the leading European market for natural gas consumption for vehicles, with over 1 million existing vehicles using CNG. Liquefied gas is an immediate and readily available solution to eliminate particulate matter and reduce CO2 emissions in heavy-duty transport, and is growing rapidly: the number of vehicles using this fuel in Italy has increased from less than 100 in 2015 to approximately 1,000 today.

Source: SNAM press release