At generizon, we believe that biogas plays a vital role in a circular and regenerative economy.
Once there was a Green Revolution (~1950-90): agricultural production increased thanks to irrigation, seed development, the use of chemical fertilizers, pesticides and herbicides, and – the reliance of machines powered with crude oil. As a consequence, energy consumption to produce a crop increased and the ratio of crop output to energy input decreased. From 1961 to 1999, the area of irrigated land nearly doubled; the use of nitrogenous and phosphate fertilizers increased by 638% and 203% and the production of pesticides increased by 854%. (facingthefuture)
The “green” revolution was not green at all and today, we have come to understand that what matters most is sustainability.
agriculture. sustainability problems.
Our eco-system is in jeopardy, with climate change being the most dangerous threat that we face. Climate change impacts the water cycles of the planet thus affecting agriculture the most, which is accounts for 70% of all freshwater usage. Droughts, floods, fires and freezes, all do their damages directly to water supplies and global crops. Yields suffer. People suffer. Food insecurity and social instability go together; food related riots might be common in the years to come!
The UN estimates that 30% of all food we produce goes to waste. Those 30% account for 10% of the global energy consumption.
regenerative circular economy.
In an industrial economy that is restorative material flows are of two types,
- biological nutrients, designed to reenter the biosphere safely, and
- technical nutrients, designed to circulate at high quality without entering the biosphere. (wikipedia)
The “take, make, dispose” approach is quit linear, depletes finite reserves to create products that end up in landfills or in incinerators. In a feed-back rich system, different loops exist; waste becomes food, a production resource, an energy!
This circular framework of thinking shall guide beyond where we stand right now, beyond oil, beyond industrial fertilizer.
biogas. part of the circle.
In a circular economy biogas has a vital role to play. Biogas is part of the circle; between waste and food there is renewable energy production.
Capturing the greenhouse gas methane, substituting fossil and vehicle fuels with bio-methane, and replacing mineral fertilizers with organic fertilizers; biogas delivers solutions that are central to ensuring environmental sustainability, counter the effects of climate change, protect surface and ground waters, and make sensible use of limited resources.
This is the fascination that keeps us busy at generizon, biogas.