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Biogas: Driving the U.S. Circular Economy, 3/18/2020 at 2pm EST

Thursday, February 6, 2020   (0 Comments)
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The American Biogas Council (ABC) and the Environmental and Energy Study Institute (EESI) invite you to a briefing about the critical role biogas systems play in our circular economy. The circular economy replaces conventional “take, make, waste” industrial models with “repurpose, reuse and recycle.” This eliminates waste and pollution and creates new economic activity responsibly with the mantra “there is no waste, only wasted material.” Biogas systems are a prime example of the circular economy in action. Imagine a dairy farm that produces milk and manure. The manure and wastewater from making milk products can be recycled in a biogas system. The biogas system produces a variety of products used by the farm and the process restarts. From the manure and wastewater, a biogas system might produce: 1) electricity to run the farm and milking operation, 2) heat to keep the dairy barn and anaerobic digesters warm, 3) fuel for the vehicles that deliver the milk, 4) soil products to grow more animal feed and 5) bedding for the barns (comfortable cows make more milk!). This is just one example of the circular economy at work. Biogas systems also recycle agriculture residues, food scraps, manure, and municipal sewage—all kinds of organic material. Briefing attendees will hear a variety of stories on how the biogas industry is supporting our circular economy by recycling materials into useful products, plus learn about the economic opportunities and challenges limiting growth of this important industry. A live webcast will be streamed at 2:00 PM EST at www.eesi.org/livecast (wireless connection permitting) Please RSVP to expedite check-in.

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