The Activity Group 7 "Biogas"
The Activity Group 7 "Biogas", led by ECOWAS and Viet Nam, was established in November 2017. The main objective is to act as a forum for the exchange of information on biogas, involving many stakeholders from both public and private spheres. It aims to focus on both capacity building and facilitation of technology transfer, as well as informing stakeholders of the trends in the market, research and investments in this area. This will be conducted through reports, webinars and events, and collaboration with other initiatives in the sector.
One of the main scopes of AG7 is the exchange of knowledge, skills and technologies around biogas and its sustainable production and use. To work towards this aim, AG7 has launched an e-learning webinar series to disseminate best practices, technical knowledge and capacity.
Webinar: Biogas for green jobs - 1 June 2022
- Biogas for entrepreneurship and livelihood diversification in Latin America. Edwin Zelaya (ARQUEA, Mexico)
- Creating sustainable biodigester markets in sub-Saharan Africa. Florent Eveillé (GIZ Kenya)
Webinar series on promoting sustainable biogas
- Analysing opportunities and challenges for Biogas at regional and national levels - 27 May 2021
- Learning from successful case studies on biogas in Africa - 3 June 2021
- Learning from successful case studies on biogas in Asia - 9 September 2021
Webinar series on biochar
- Biochar systems for sustainable agriculture - 7 May 2020
- Climate-smart biochar systems: opportunities and challenges - 11 June 2020
Webinar on BiogasDoneRight® model - April 2019
Information and recordings (in both English and Spanish).
Biogas, produced through anaerobic digestion of organic matter, can provide flexible modern bioenergy services for power generation, transport, heating and cooling, and cooking. It can represent a more sustainable alternative to traditional biomass use or fossil fuels. Anaerobic digestion is an established technology but its uptake in some developing countries has been slow. It is necessary to understand the main factors that affect the success of biogas in order for policies and projects to be developed to deliver sustainable renewable energy.
The paper analyses the factors that contribute to the success of biogas operations or projects in different regions of the world: Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean, and Asia. The analysis is carried out using SWOT analysis; this approach seeks to identify the strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats of a particular business model through discussions with relevant stakeholders. The analysis is based on the work of the GBEP Secretariat along with GBEP Partners and Observers during the GBEP Bioenergy Weeks (Ghana in 2017, Argentina in 2018 and Philippines in 2019).
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Did you know that residues from your daily life can be used to produce bioenergy?
GBEP has produced an infographic that explains how biogas works and its various benefits. It has been developed as part of the GBEP ambition to engage with and involve youth.