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A new landfill gas-to-biomethane journey in Italy

Wednesday, 30 June 2021

A new industrial - scale biomethane plant from landfill gas, developed by the green energy company Asja is operational in Genoa, Italy.

Asja converted the existing electricity production plant into an advanced biomethane production facility. The plant, under a concession from waste management firm AMIU Genoa, has begun its operation since the end of last year and injected over 2 million m3 of biomethane into the Snam transport network. The facility is expected to generate 5.5 million m3 of biomethane annually, once reaching its full capacity.

“The evolution of the Asja plant at the Scarpino landfill represents an important step towards a future based on the circular economy,” said Matteo Campora, the Councillor for the Environment of Municipality of Genoa.

“Asja is strengthening its presence in the renewable energy sector to help achieve global objectives for 2030,” said Agostino Re Rebaudengo, president of Asja.

Biomethane development is the new horizon of the company’s strategy. The company uses advanced technologies to produce biomethane from feedstocks such as bio-waste (OFMSW - Organic Fraction of Municipal Solid Waste), grass clippings and prunings from public green areas, and waste and by-products from the agro-industrial supply chain. At present, the company has three biomethane facilities in operation (in Lazio and Umbria), another three under construction, and several other plants under development (Lombardy, Piedmont, and Sicily).

The biomethane industry in Italy has been incentivised by the “Biomethane Decree”, introduced in March 2018 by the Italian government. The Decree is expected to provide EUR 4.7 billion of funds between 2018 and 2022 and subsidise a maximum biomethane production of 1.1 billion m3 per year.

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Bioenergy InsightAsjaREGATRACE

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