Anaerobic digestion of bio-waste

NACE Macro-Sector: E - Water Supply; sewerage, waste management and remediation activities

Level 2: E38

Level 3: E38.2

Level 4: E38.2.1

“Anaerobic digestion of bio-waste ” Treatment of separately collected bio-waste through anaerobic digestion in dedicated plants with the resulting production and utilization of biogas and digestate.

Climate Change Mitigation

Metric and threshold:

Anaerobic digestion of bio-waste is eligible provided that (cumulative): 

• The bio-waste is source segregated and collected separately; 
• Methane leakage from relevant facilities (e.g. for biogas production and storage, energy generation, digestate storage) is controlled by a monitoring plan; 
• The produced biogas is used directly for the generation of electricity and/or heat, or upgraded to bio-methane for injection in the natural gas grid, or used as vehicle fuel (e.g. as bioCNG) or as feedstock in chemical industry (e.g. for production of H2 and NH3); 
• The digestate produced is used as fertiliser/soil improver – directly or after composting or any other treatment; 
• In dedicated bio-waste treatment plants, bio-waste shall constitute a major share of the input feedstock (at least 70%, measured in weight, as an annual average). 

Co-digestion is eligible only with a minor share (up to 30% of the input feedstock) of advanced bioenergy feedstock listed in Annex IX of Directive (EU) 2018/2001. If energy crop feedstock covered by Annex IX is used (with a minor share up to 30%) it shall be produced according to criteria defined for Taxonomy Activities “Growing of perennial crops” or “Growing of non-perennial crops” and respect any additional national limitations established for the purpose of biogas production.

Climate Change Adaptation

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