European harmonisation of methods
to quantify methane emissions from biogas plants
For reaching climate protection targets it is essential to quantify the emissions from greenhouse gas emitting sources. The results enable to determine the environmental impact of a technology and to gain knowledge of the value of emission mitigation strategies. Biogas plants emit methane. Known major sources are leakages, pressure relief vents, gas utilisation devices and open storage tanks. To date, no common European standard is established to measure the overall emission rates of methane from biogas plants. The objective of the proposed project is to harmonise some first national approaches to quantify the emissions to a common procedure.
The project is funded in the ERA-NET Bioenergy Programme.