Biogas safety and regulation : the EU situation

Abstract : New energies are experiencing a great development in the world and particularly in Europe. As a result, solar panels, wind turbines and other ecological technologies are more and more installed in many European countries and are constantly evolving. The main purpose is to find an alternative energy replacing the fossil energy dependence which is more sustainable and reduce C02 emissions. Biogas has a special major advantage: it reuses the waste as raw materials. The production of biogas is positioned as energy which can not only generate a source of energy known as 'green' but also which can recycle waste. In a context of sustainable development, the place of the biogas is therefore essential. However, the processes of anaerobic digestion or biogas are continually improving and new ideas for the uses of this gas continue to emerge. Thus, the risks corresponding to processes of biogas production from biomass are still too little known. Several questions appear about the optimization of the production, the safety, the harmonization of the regulations and the need to develop standards (at EU or International Level). To find answers to these questions, INERIS and EU-VRi took the initiative to organize a workshop on biogas safety and regulation on November 24, 2010 in Paris. The communication helps to share knowledge, to structure questions, and to propose answers on further actions aiming at improving safety of biogas production and supporting the quick and sustainable deployment of this energy. The key messages from the workshop can be summarized as follows. Regarding the safe production and uses of biogas, it is important to reach a harmonization at least at EU level. The workshop pointed out the need to create a "safety network" and a platform to share safety information and best practices (database). The participants also agreed that an important issue for safety is the systematic performance of risk analysis for all stages of operation.
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Olivier Salvi, Samuel Delsinne, Sébastien Evanno. Biogas safety and regulation : the EU situation. 3. iNTeg-Risk Conference & 20. SRA-Europe Meeting, Jun 2011, Stuttgart, Germany. ⟨ineris-00970836⟩

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