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EU to regulate on waste biogas?

The European Parliament wants reforms to European Union (EU) regulations to promote the production of biogas, but only from organic sources, such as biomass, food waste and agricultural debris.

A report approved by MEPs called on the European Commission to change rules on EU regional and rural development funds to ensure biogas plant investment was covered. It also wanted national governments to ensure local and national economic plans prevented the preferred use of natural gas and other fossil fuels for heating, where it is feasible to sell heat from biogas.

However, MEPs also demanded laws that could actually impede landfill operators from generating biogas from their waste streams.

The report asked the Commission to propose legislation to ensure that only organic material that allows residues to [fuel biogas plants] without endangering the environment. It added: animal manure, municipal sewage and agro-industrial waste can contain substances (bacteria, viruses, parasites, heavy metals, harmful organic substances) that can potentially be a threat.

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