Italian Biogas Consortium (CIB), Confagricoltura, Eni, FPT Industrial, IVECO, New Holland Agriculture and Snam signed a cooperation agreement to support the implementation of the biomethane decree, representing a strong growth opportunity for the country thanks to the energy’s renewable, clean, programmable and flexible properties.
This agricultural and industrial supply chain agreement follows just one year after the decree of March 2, 2018 promoting the use of biomethane and other advanced biofuels in the transport sector, part of reaching the target on renewable energy in transport to 2020 and already projected in the decarbonization path as visualized within the Climate-Energy strategy. The latter sets out new objectives for sustainable mobility, with the aim of reaching a renewable quota of 21.6% by 2030, while contributing to the reduction of air pollution and also combating climate change.
In this context, agricultural biomethane, with production currently estimated at 8 billion cubic meters in 2030, plays a key role in achieving the expected 8% target for advanced biofuels while also supporting the gas system, which will play a vital role in the transition of the national energy system.
This will be in accordance with the new EU guidelines to build an increasingly circular economy through the promotion of the use of livestock effluents, residues, by-products of agricultural and agri-food activities and integration crops, both in the production of biomethane and in the subsequent use of digestate in soil fertilization. The aim of this is to enhance organic resources, drive an increasingly competitive business environment and create new jobs in rural areas.
It is no coincidence that the biogas-biomethane supply chain is one of the sectors with the highest employment intensity in terms of renewable energies and so far it has already created over 6,400 permanent jobs in Italy.
An important collaboration has therefore begun in the field of sustainable mobility, generating new initiatives and biomethane-focused projects aimed at involving companies working in the fields of supply chain, public administration, citizen information and research and development.
The goal is to implement all possible synergies in the field of sustainable mobility, in particular through promoting the use of advanced biomethane produced from agricultural, livestock and agro-industrial by-products. This will further strengthen both the technological and industrial chains, already present in the gas and agro-energy sector, and within which biogas is one of the most important forms of energy in Europe and in the world.
Furthermore, Italy has a world-renowned industrial natural gas chain in the transport sector demonstrating both technological and environmental excellence, and this can take advantage of the most extensive and widespread transport network in Europe, at over 32,000 kilometers long.
Snam CEO Marco Alverà said: “This agreement marks a new and important step for the consolidation of the Italian biomethane supply chain, a goal which Snam is strongly committed to with an investment program of at least 200 million euro by 2022 to support biomethane and sustainable mobility infrastructure. Biomethane, and renewable gas in general, will play a decisive role in achieving climate objectives in Italy and in Europe, and in developing the Italian agricultural supply chain in a circular economy perspective.”