Mrs. Mercedes Blázquez, leader of Low Carbon Brazil, during the VI Biogas Forum
Low Carbon Business Action in Brazil has taken part in discussions at the main sustainability events held in the country, by sharing their experiences to support highly important initiatives to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. This program funded by the European Union provides support to projects in many different sectors that contribute to promoting a low carbon economy, such as renewable energies, biogas, waste management, precision farming and geothermal energy, through partnerships between small and mid-size European and Brazilian companies.
At the start of the month, Mrs. Mercedes Blázquez, leader of Low Carbon Business Action in Brazil, talked about the collaboration initiatives between the European Union and Brazil for the biogas sector during the Biogas Forum, organized by the Brazilian Biogas Association (ABiogás), and held in the city of Sao Paulo. The “Biogas and its role in the transition to a low carbon society” panel dealt with the biogas scenario in the country and its development potential and contribution to reduce pollutant emissions.
In Europe, biogas is the third largest renewable energy source, and this continent is a leader in the production of electric energy using that asset, with an installed capacity of more than 10 GW. “There are currently 17,400 biogas plants operating in Europe. In Brazil, there are around 500 installed plants. That shows the country’s unexplored potential to generate biogas. There are today new frontiers for it, such as upgrading to biomethane, involving several uses, especially as a biofuel”, explained Mrs. Mercedes.
The electricity produced by biogas may reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 240%, if compared to the emissions generated by fossil fuel derivatives. “Biogas has been a highlight in our program. Cooperatives and pig and cattle farmers, as well as cereal farmers, may benefit from this asset”, explained Mrs. Mercedes. “If we analyse the biogas sector’s development in Europe, from 2009 to 2016, within a short period of time the number of biogas plants has tripled due to the European Union’s commitment to reduce carbon emissions. Low Carbon Brazil makes a small contribution within the scope of the global policy to fight greenhouse gas emissions and climate change”, she added.
One of the projects highlighted during the event by Bruno Luciano, a Project Advisor at LCBA, was the setting of biogas plants at State Supply Centres (CEASA) to produce renewable energy, biofuel and fertilizer using organic waste, while engaging garbage collectors. This initiative is a partnership between European company PlanET Biogas Global GmBH and Brazilian company Fornary Industry, and the Lixo e Cidadania/Garbage and Citizenship Institute. “CEASA generates such a quantity of garbage, bagasse and fruits, and it has a very high energy potential to produce biogas. At the unit where they plan to build their first plant 100 tons of garbage are generated every day, with the capacity to produce almost 12 thousand KW/H”, said Bruno.
This program funded by the European Union is currently in its second phase. The environmental impact of all these initiatives has been evaluated, and their technical and financial viability has been defined, through the Technical Assistance provided by Low Carbon Business Action in Brazil since 2017. Altogether, it has been estimated that the projects supported by the program in the biogas sector may contribute to the production or consumption of 3,689,821 Giga Joules of biofuels.
Solid waste management was the theme of Waste Expo, the main Brazilian event dedicated to this issue, which was held between November 12 and 14, in Sao Paulo. Mrs. Mercedes Blázquez talked about initiatives that will contribute to promote a better utilization of waste and to foster circular economy, during a panel on “Intelligent Solutions and Technological Resources to Manage Urban Solid Waste.” Representatives from companies FPT Industrial, Bianna Recycling, and TOMRA Sorting Recycling also took part in the discussions.
The projects supported by Low Carbon Brazil in the sector include, in addition to the setting of a biogas plant at a State Supply Centre (CEASA) to produce renewable energy, biofuel and fertilizer using organic waste, the creation of a central warehouse to receive recyclable materials gathered by informal garbage collectors in the State of Paraná, and tyre recycling through pyrolysis to generate new raw materials.
ANPEI Conference of Innovation
In the month of September, LCBA attended the ANPEI Conference of Innovation, an annual event organized by ENRICH in Brazil that has become a benchmark to discuss innovation, entrepreneurship and cooperation between Europe and Brazil. Together with Rodrigo Postiglione, from the International Renewable Energy Centre - Biogas (CIBiogás), and Eric Delacour, from French company Fertigaz, both of which manage projects supported by the program, Mrs. Mercedes Blázquez talked about the alliance of European and Brazilian companies to create innovative solutions for the sustainability sector, especially in the biogas segment.
Together, CIBiogás and Fertigaz are implementing a project supported by LCBA, which involves the tropicalization of a biogas plant for the sugar cane industry, with an innovative technology developed by that French company. This initiative has taken due consideration of the biogas market’s potential in Brazil, which is expected to grow at a very fast pace, especially after the RenovaBio program’s approval, which aims at expanding the utilization of biofuels such as biogas and biomethane in the country.
Mrs. Mercedes Blázquez in a discussion panel at the ANPEI Conference of Innovation
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