About the project
The Brazil GEF Biogas Project provides for local and national actions to encourage the integration of biogas into the Brazilian production chain. The project offers technical assistance for converting organic waste into sustainable energy and fuel, as well as support in the creation of business models and financial strategies related to the sector. It aims to expand the Brazilian supply of renewable energy through biogas and biomethane production, which decreases greenhouse gas emissions and reduces the country’s dependence on fossil fuels.
The initiative is implemented by the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) and coordinated by the Ministry of Science, Technology, Innovations and Communications (MCTIC). In addition to these, the following entities form the Project Steering Committee: International Center for Renewable Energies (CIBiogás), Itaipu Binacional, Ministry of Mines and Energy (MME), Ministry of Environment (MMA), and Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Supply (MAPA). The Brazilian Micro and Small Business Support Service (Sebrae), the Brazilian Biogas Association (Abiogás) and the Brazilian Agricultural Research Corporation (Embrapa) are partner entities of the project, which is financed by the Global Environment Facility (GEF).
Targets and goals
The Brazil GEF Biogas Project currently concentrates its activities in the South Region of Brazil and at the capital in the Federal District. In the South, it builds a competitive and viable business environment for the integration of biogas into agricultural production chains. At the Federal District, the project works with the local administration to convert urban organic waste into renewable energy and develop a pilot model to disseminate to other parts of Brazil once it is finished.
The conversion of organic waste into electricity, thermal energy or fuel can become an important competitive advantage in the market and stimulate the generation of income, employment and technological innovation. In addition to renewable energy, the generation of biogas from the decomposition of organic waste also results in organic material with a high potential for agro-industrial use (digestate).
Direct beneficiaries of the project include equipment and services industries, energy and gas concessionaires, rural producers and agricultural cooperatives, municipal administrations, science and technology institutions, and populations with high concentrations of organic waste.
At the end of the Project, beneficiaries will have at their disposal up-to-date information on the national supply and demand of biogas, new business models geared to the sector, productive links with government institutions, updated regulations, favorable public policies, specialized financial services, demonstration units and capacity building services.
Actions and impact
The Brazil GEF Biogas Project currently implements the following activities:
- Development of Sectorial Governance Groups with public and private entities at state and federal level;
- Strengthening of biogas and biomethane value chains within Brazilian agribusinesses in the South Region, in collaboration with state governments, private companies, agricultural cooperatives and sectoral entities;
- Cooperation with the Federal District Government for the structuring of a concession for the private sector involving solid urban waste treatment units for the generation of biogas and biomethane;
- Development of a national database with georeferenced up-to-date information on the biogas value chain, available for free;
- Creation of innovative business models and technological packages adapted to and validated by the Brazilian market;
- Offer of services and resources for technical and professional training;
- Support for Demonstration Units of technologies and processes of energy generation through biogas;
- Provision of business arrangements and specific financial services for the sector;
- Support for the establishment of digital communities for the biogas sector;
- Modernization of public policies and regulations.
Biogas Production Potential Report for the Brazilian South Region (in Portuguese);
Overview of technologies applied in the biogas and biomethane agribusiness (in Portuguese).