Germany wastes organic waste
Only about 20 percent of organic household waste in Germany is used to produce biogas for heating and power generation, writes Ralph Diermann in an article for the Süddeutsche Zeitung. Investment needs and operating costs for the required facilities are too high, and disposal companies struggle with non-organic waste mixed in with organic waste. Also, many Germans put their organic waste in the residual waste, which goes to incineration plants, writes Diermann. He adds that due to regulatory conditions, waste biogas facilities have a hard time competing with agricultural biogas plants in the auctions for renewables support.
Read the article in German here.
For background, read the CLEW dossier Bioenergy in Germany and the factsheet Bioenergy in Germany – facts and figures on development, support and investment.