LIFE LANDFILL BIOFUEL project: Production of a renewable fuel, biomethane, from municipal solid waste

Reducing CO2 emissions, promoting renewable energy and fostering efficient energy use are currently the main pillars of the quest to achieve European Union targets aimed at combating climate change. The LIFE LANDFILL BIOFUEL project seeks to contribute to achieving these targets by converting landfilled municipal solid waste (MSW) into biomethane, a renewable gas that can be used as vehicle fuel or injected into the gas distribution network.

The planet is now facing major challenges associated with our current way of life, including demographic growth, waste management and the reduction of global greenhouse gas emissions.

In light of these and other problems, the aim is to make a transition to a more circular economy in order to reduce pollution, use energy resources more efficiently, foster innovation and generate more competitive and more sustainable proposals. For this reason, the European Commission Directive on Renewable Energy proposes the use of renewable gases as one of the solutions to help create a decarbonised economy by 2050, in accordance with Paris Agreement climate targets.

This is the context in which the LIFE Project- INTEGRAL MANAGEMENT OF THE BIOGAS FROM LANDFILLS FOR USE AS VEHICLE FUEL-LIFE18 ENV/ES/000256 LANDFILL BIOFUEL was born. The aim of the project is to convert the biogas obtained from the landfills of MSW treatment plants into biomethane for use in vehicles. This project is led by FCC Environment and features a consortium made up of seven prestigious Spanish and Portuguese organisations: the CARTIF FOUNDATION, SYADVANCE, GASNAM, IVECO, SEAT and the UNIVERSITY OF GRANADA.

The European Commission has ratified the project and will provide funding to cover approximately 55% of the overall project budget of €4.67 million. The project has a duration of four years and, upon completion, will be replicated at other FCC plants in Spain and Europe, if this proves to be feasible.

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Sunil Arjandas Arjandas (FCC Environment )

Mónica Calero de Hoce (University of Granada, UGR)

Mª Ángeles Martín Lara (University of Granada, UGR)

Published in: FuturENVIRO Nº 72 July-September 2020