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The scaling up RNG production benefits not only our environment but our economy
February 5, 2021
| Scott Donachie

We are Moving Away from Fossil Fuels, Towards a Circular Clean Energy Economy. The Question Is, Can It Be Scaled?

With diesel and methane as leading polluters, Companies For Zero Waste believes renewable natural gas is a viable solution for the circular economy and presents an opportunity for companies to realize growth, income and to diversify their investment portfolios.

CZW is working with the Coalition For Renewable Natural Gas (RNG Coalition) to educate corporations on the advantages of embracing RNG and addressing organic waste management issues and harmful emissions. “It is a public education gap, and we are working to bridge that,” explains Johannes Escudero, RNG Coalition, Chief Executive Officer and Executive Director. 

“The role of scaling up RNG production, both from a societal awareness and from an industry production standpoint, benefits not only our environment but our economy.”

Johannes Escudero, Chief Executive Officer & Executive Director

“Whether it is mandated by public policy and diverted away from the landfill or not,”  Johannes says, “we are wasting and forfeiting energy content from that organic material and RNG provides a way of capturing and controlling the methane.”

Each week organic waste is picked up by conventional waste management companies and taken to either a landfill, where it emits methane into the atmosphere as it breaks down, or to a compost facility, where its broken down to provide a beneficial soil amendment and fertilizer. 

With over twenty years in the anerobic digestion business, one global leader, Bioenergy Devco (BDC), is doing just that.

“We are here to make anerobic digestion the way that the United States recycles organic material,” said Shawn Kreloff, Founder & CEO Bioenergy Devco, Executive Chairman, “instead of landfilling and incinerating.” 

BDC‘s anaerobic digesters, microbiological recipe, facility design and implementation are optimized based on the specific goals and objectives of the stakeholders. BDC has built over 230 plants in seven countries and operates 150 of them, with a fully integrated business including: development, engineering, financing, technology and operations.

Bioenergy Devco Anerobic Digestion
Anaerobic digestion (“AD”) is a well proven process in which biodegradable organic residuals are broken down naturally by microorganisms in the absence of oxygen.

As hydrogen becomes a larger component of the energy industry, private equity backed companies like BDC are maximizing project growth potential and scaling RNG. The company expects the interest in renewable energy to grow rapidly under the new administration and is poised to meet the demand through its recent fundraising of $100,000,000+ and a robust pipeline of projects. 

Shawn notes the oil industry is beginning to show signs of winding down from a storage and refining standpoint and believes that the oil industry is past peak oil, a peak demand of oil where it is past behind us and it will fully decrease over time and says that there could be legislation associated with diesel fuel that could make even it happen more quickly.

“Anaerobic digestion’s natural microbial process is a truly sustainable solution to organic recycling management yielding healthier and cleaner air, water and soil while simultaneously creating renewable energy and organic fertilizer.” 

Shawn Kreloff, Founder & CEO, Bioenergy Devco, Executive Chairman

“With anaerobic digesters,” Johannes explains, “You not only get the benefit of a secondary by product of soil amendment or fertilizer, but in a digestor, raw biogas is captured and converted into a near pure methane gas, which can then be injected into pipelines, and be used to displace conventional natural gas in virtually any application. And, the beautiful thing about RNG, before any energy is produced, it already helps to solve an organic waste management problem.” 

Adopting and integrating AD within your community will lower fossil fuel and chemical fertilizer use, decrease greenhouse gas emissions, improve water quality, reduce our reliance on unhealthy organic material disposal facilities such as incinerators, scarce space and capacity in our landfills, and generate renewable energy.

Bioenergy Devco 
RNG vs. Conventional Natural Gas: What is the difference?

Renewable Natural Gas comes from organic material and organic waste, whereas conventional natural gas, or fossil source natural gas, is derived from tapping limited natural resources underground. 

The difference: Instead of releasing harmful gases, anaerobic digestors collect them as a renewable and sustainable energy source. 

RNG provides a way of capturing and controlling the methane emitted from organic materials.

In addition to educating corporations on the advantages of embracing RNG across North America, Johannes said the RNG Coalition has committed to public education as well, creating an increased and improved awareness about what renewable natural gas is, where it comes from and how it is being used.

Where does RNG come from?

RNG is essentially a raw biomass that is produced and occurs naturally when an organic waste becomes organic material- it can come from municipal solid waste landfills, wastewater treatment plants, livestock farms, agricultural operations, food production facilities and organic waste management operations. 

As society realizes the role in producing the organic waste feed stock that is being pushed out the curb every week, creates a greater sense of responsibility to do something with the methane that is produced from the waste as a result. Johannes explained the RNG Coalition is trying to improve understanding and “to increase the curb appeal” associated with RNG.

As a substitute for natural gas, RNG has many end uses: in thermal applications, to generate electricity, for vehicle or aviation fuel, and as a bio-product feedstock.

“RNG Coalition advocates for sustainable development, deployment and utilization of renewable natural gas so that present and future generations will have access to domestic, renewable, clean fuel and energy,” says Johannes. “If we are really going to address climate change it going to take a portfolio that includes a diverse suite of options.” 

Register for CZW Virtual Meeting

Corporations, investors and experts in biogas work in silos and CZW’s meeting will help educate corporations on the benefits of RNG as a viable solution to combating climate change, adding new clean jobs and localizing supply chains.

Social Enviro Impact Roundtable, A Virtual Meeting:

Scaling Green RNG & Green Hydrogen Production February 18th. Register here.

About

Johannes Escudero, Chief Executive Officer & Executive Director

Johannes Escudero serves the RNG Coalition and its members as CEO and Executive Director.  He co-founded the Coalition for Renewable Natural Gas in July 2011.  Mr. Escudero is a passionate sustainability advocate and entrepreneur with twenty-plus years of organizational leadership, business development and advocacy experience, including in non-profit management, governmental affairs, higher education and fundraising.
He previously served as an Adjunct Professor at Hope International University, and most recently as Legislative Director in the California State Assembly where he advised ranking members of the Transportation, Utilities and Commerce, Natural Resources, Environmental Safety & Toxic Materials and Education committees.
Coalition for Renewable Natural Gas serves as the public policy advocate and education platform for the Renewable Natural Gas industry in North America and is a member-led non-profit organization dedicated to the sustainable advancement of renewable natural gas (RNG) as a clean, green, alternative and domestic energy resource and as a key component and partial solution to addressing global climate change, RNG Coalition was formed to provide an education platform and advocacy voice for the protection, preservation and promotion of the renewable natural gas industry in North America. 
RNG Coalition’s diverse membership proudly includes each sector of the RNG industry: waste collection, waste management & recycling companies, renewable energy/gas developers, engineers, banks, financiers, investors, gas/power marketers, gas/power transporters, manufacturers, technology & service providers, environmental advocates, research organizations, organized labor, law firms, consultants, non-profits, airports, municipalities, universities, utilities and individual ratepayers.
Sustainable Methane Abatement & Recycling Timeline (SMART) is our initiative to capture and control methane produced from the 43,000+ aggregated organic waste sites in North America by 2050, achieving meaningful benchmarks by 2030 and 2040. 

About

Shawn Kreloff, Founder & CEO Bioenergy Devco, Executive Chairman
Shawn Kreloff has a 30-year history of successful entrepreneurial ventures and investments. Throughout his career he has participated in the founding, operating, financing and advisory of over 25 different companies.
Bioenergy Devco (BDC),  began as a research project for Kreloff. Through his research, he quickly discovered the far-reaching benefits of anaerobic digestion technology including environmental sustainability, the creation of renewable energy, and excellent plant economics.

Kreloff also recognized the urgent need for this technology to help tackle our planet’s growing organics recycling challenges. Anaerobic digestion’s natural microbial process is a truly sustainable solution to organic material management yielding healthier and cleaner air, water and soil while simultaneously creating renewable energy and nutrient-rich soil amendments.
Kreloff’s investment thesis for BDC is to marry BTS’ proven anaerobic digestion technology with plant financing, engineering, and project development while guaranteeing energy yields and plant performance. The last part of the thesis is to bring this solution to the United States and the rest of the world.
With the use of BTS’ proven and patented anaerobic digestion technology, BDC is now constructing facilities that can process/codigest a wide variety of organic materials, including:
– Packaged food and post-consumer food residuals
– Fats, oils and grease (“FOG”)
– Residual organics from industrial food facilities like dairy and poultry processors

Investing In Bioenergy

Bioenergy Devco Investments
Bioenergy is used in both commercial and residential developments and we expect that the number of new mixed-use developments and retro-fit projects will increase as additional production comes online. With the right project structure, the right developer and the right operator, bioenergy projects are an attractive investment opportunity for both debt and equity investors. 
As the many benefits of RNG are realized, Bioenergy Devco’s technology can significantly reduce reliance on the grid and, in the right situations, provide full, sustainable power production. Over time, renewable heat and power plants will continue to replace the more traditional fossil fuel power plants, while at the same time reducing our reliance on traditional landfills and the need for incineration. Both aspects of our business bring much needed environmental and economic benefits. 
Bioenergy Devco firmly believes that what’s good for the environment is good for business.
Green energy investments provide opportunity for steady risk-adjusted returns.  More investors are becoming interested in the space, and many are looking closely at bioenergy and renewable natural gas (RNG).  Opportunities exist for investors to provide project finance in the form of debt, equity, and hybrid securities depending on their risk tolerance.  Banks, renewable funds, infrastructure funds and pension funds are seeking attractive but stable investments and bioenergy presents opportunity to realize growth, income and to diversify their investment portfolios

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Scott Donachie
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