Great value creation in the regions
The circular economy refers to an economic model that aims to produce goods and services in a sustainable way, by limiting the consumption and waste of resources (raw materials, water, energy) and reducing the production of waste. It breaks away from the linear economic model (extract, manufacture, consume, throw away), replacing it with a “circular” economic model.
A true example of what the circular economy can represent for a region, the development of biomethane nourishes an entire ecosystem of players, stimulating the local economy and preserving nature.
In particular, it offers farmers a tremendous opportunity to diversify their activity. Thanks to methanisation, their organic waste becomes a resource: farming residues and livestock effluents can be recovered to produce gas. The digestate, a by-product of methanisation, can replace mineral fertilisers to improve the soil and fertilise crops. By engaging in biomethane production, farmers become part of a communal project: contributing to the greening of the energy mix.
By recovering organic waste through methanisation, industry can also reduce its environmental footprint. In the immediate vicinity of factories, the methanisation unit simplifies the environmental approach under economic conditions that are often more advantageous for the recovery of co-products and by-products.
Finally, local authorities are finding a new outlet in the biomethane sector for their food waste, fermentable household waste and green waste.
For each new unit put into service, the sector creates an average of three to four direct, non-relocatable jobs, directly contributing to the competitiveness of the regions and strengthening France’s energy independence from the natural gas exporting countries.