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Urban Waste for Biomethane Grid Injection and Transport in Urban Areas (URBANBIOGAS)

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The objective of UrbanBiogas was to promote the use of the untapped fraction of organic urban waste for biogas production in order to inject biomethane in the natural gas grid and to use it in transport within European cities. The objective was to prepare 5 European cities for the production of biomethane from waste which is fed into the natural gas grids and optionally used for transport: City of Zagreb (Croatia), Municipality of Abrantes (Portugal), City of Graz (Austria), City of Rzeszów (Poland), and North Vidzeme Region including the City of Valmiera (Latvia). A well defined set of support activities were organised: city Task-Force meetings, training courses, promotional campaigns, study tours and consultation events. The results of these concepts will be used to be included in the official city development plans. Business agreements and investment were stimulated as first step towards real biogas project implementation. Finally, the large existing network of official partner cities was used to promote the WtB concept beyond the target cities.


  • The Task-Force in the target cities have been established. 240 participants actively discussed the idea of the Waste-to-Biomethane (WtB) in these meetings. The objective was to jointly develop WtB concepts for the five target cities by project partners and Task-Force members.
  • Six training courses on waste management, biogas and biomethane were organized. 224 participants attended these training courses. The main target group of the training activities was local stakeholders from the target cities. Furthermore, one training course with 36 participants was organized on Business Models and Agreements in WtB projects.
  • Several good practice examples in the WtB value chain have been identified and presented. They included good practices in waste management and organic waste collection, as well as in biogas production and quality upgrading of biomethane.
  • Five concepts for sustainable waste management for biowaste in the target cities have been prepared.

Lessons learned

  • A major challenge is to convince local decision makers about the economic and environmental feasibility of WtB concepts. The use of source separated biowaste has most environmental advantages, but directly competes with e.g. incineration plants, composting facilities, and mechanical biological treatment (MBT) of non-source separated waste.
  • There is an urgent need to inform decision makers about the benefits of anaerobic digestion for the organic fraction of municipal solid waste in comparison to other technologies. Therefore, their direct involvement in discussions (Task-Force meetings), workshops and training courses are important. Furthermore, it is important to show decision makers good practice examples in order to present the feasibility of the WtB concept. Many such examples are available in Sweden.

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WIP-Renewable Energies
Contact point: 
Michael Papapetrou
0049 89 720 12 792
Ingrid Weiss
0049 (0)89 720 127 41
Dipl.-Ing. Dominik Rutz M.Sc.
+49-89-720127 39
Dr. Christian Epp
0049-89-720 12 792
Mr Michael Papapetrou
+49 89 720 12 712


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01/05/2011 to 01/05/2014
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