26. februar 2020
Thomas Hwan Jensen and Daniel Berman from the Danish Energy Agency recently embarked on a mission to Washington D.C. and New York State in order to further Danish biogas interests on the East Coast. Accompanied by Chris Voell from the Trade Council, Thomas and Daniel held meetings with public authorities, biogas interests, and R&D institutions, over the course of a week.
The Governor of New York, Andrew Cuomo, recently signed into law the “Climate leadership and Community Protection Act (CLCPA)”, which establishes some of the country’s most aggressive targets for reductions of GHG emissions. The ambitiousness of these targets combined with the underdeveloped state of the East Coasts biogas industry, fosters conditions ideal for strengthening the position of the Danish biogas industry in the US market. US authorities are seeking to leverage international experiences to improve their understanding of the market models, and policy mechanisms that can effectively support the adoption of RNG production, and the subsequent realization of New York’s climate targets.
The meeting held with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in D.C. provided the most promising of opportunities from the mission. The EPA leads the Global Methane Initiative (GMI), a global alliance of partners that work to reduce global methane emissions from biogas, coal, oil, and gas industries. Enrolling the BGG into the GMI as well as participating in its annual forum in March, will provide a global platform through which BGG can promote Danish biogas technologies, and establish Denmark as a knowledge leader in the industry. Furthermore, this platform could facilitate the expansion of Danish biogas into international markets belonging to GMI member countries (e.g. India, China, Mexico). Contacts established through the initiatives network, can also be leveraged to develop new funding streams for Biogas projects (e.g. The World Bank, IEA, CCAC, and UNECE). Based on the progress made towards BGGs objectives, the mission can without a doubt be considered a success, and has laid the foundation from which future partnerships will be constructed.
Biogas Go Globals East Coast mission to Washington D.C. and New York