The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has a new Biogas Toolkit that serves as a centralized knowledge hub for biogas project stakeholders. It can be used as a roadmap for planning and implementing biogas projects and quantifying their economic and environmental impacts. The Biogas Toolkit includes information compiled from more than 30 tools and resources across several EPA programs, including AgSTAR, the Landfill Methane Outreach Program (LMOP), and the Global Methane Initiative (GMI).
A great feature of the Toolkit website is a “Guided Search” that offers various filters to help stakeholders find the appropriate resources for their main interests and specific project needs. For example, we clicked “I want to start a biogas project” in response to the first question, What best describes your goals. It then asks what type(s) of feedstocks we have. We clicked fruit and vegetable waste. (Other options include livestock manure, agricultural residue and wastewater.) The next question asks what project topics we need resources for, and we selected finance, and clicked on “display results.”
That search identified links to 10 resources out of 34, including the AgSTAR Project Development Handbook, Chapter 6, Economic and Financial Factors; the Climate & Clean Air Coalition’s (CCAC) Waste Initiative City Assessment Tool; EPA’s Codigestion Economic Analysis Tool; and a CCAC tool that estimates the costs associated with an organic waste management project, including anaerobic digestion (AD) or composting.