German biogas debate heats up
A recent report by German environmental organization NABU has heated up the biogas debate by claiming that biogas systems are always damaging to the environment.
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Germany's corn-based biogas boom is a an eyesore for some, and the discussion is becoming polemic
Nonetheless, Germany’s biogas sector has trouble understanding why NABU focuses so much on corn. After all, they argue, wheat is itself a monoculture has roughly the same detrimental effect on biodiversity and the environment as corn monocultures do.
Germans are increasingly focusing on the potential conflict between energy crops and food crops, with church groups – who have traditionally supported renewables in Germany – being especially prominent in the debate against energy crops. The debate has now become emotional, and the only way out may be to ensure that bioenergy is used efficiently. For instance, Germany still has no feed-in tariffs for heat. Better use of bio-heat could cool down the discussion a bit. (Dittmar Koop / Craig Morris)
For those who can read German, here is an overview of the texts:
NABU Schleswig-Holstein’s paper
Fachverband Biogas’s response:
Offener Brief an Klaus Dürkop, Landesbeauftragter für Naturschutz in Schleswig-Holstein
Link zur NABU-Stellungnahme