BIOGAS production from organic waste in the European Food And Beverage industry (FABBIOGAS)
The ongoing debate related to Europe 2020 strategy about the availability of sustainable bio-energy resources and the food-or-fuel discussion have revealed the urgency of using untapped waste streams. Anaerobic digestion of industrial waste provides a promising alternative to standard waste treatment. The FABbiogas project aspires to change the mindsets of all stakeholders in the waste-to-energy chain by promoting residues from Food and Beverage (FaB) industry as a new and renewable energy source for biogas production. Project outputs will support the diversification of energy sources within FaB companies, leading to wide-spread valorization and efficient integration of FaB residues into energy systems and boosting the realization of a growing number of biogas projects in Austria, Czech Republic, France, Germany, Italy and Poland. To reach these goals, the FABbiogas partners will: *establish a solid information base on FaB waste utilization for biogas production proving energy efficiency of industrial biogas integration *organize awareness raising events for FaB waste-based biogas production addressing all relevant target groups of FaB waste suppliers, users and policy stakeholders in order to increase the visibility of existing best practice and future potentials *set up national contact points in FaB associations in all partner countries to establish decentralized knowledge hubs *identify potentials for using FaB waste in existing biogas plants and conduct preliminary feasibility studies to prepare the ground for future biogas projects using FaB waste *compile a complete set of tools and guidelines for dissemination of project results to industry stakeholders and policy makers, facilitating cooperation between FaB industry, biogas sector and lawmakers all over Europe. The FABbiogas activities are tailored to the specific needs of all involved stakeholders and ensure the sustainable integration of FaB waste as renewable bio-energy resource resulting in boosted investment in FaB waste-based biogas production.