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.
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.”