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Evaluating the Air Quality, Climate Change, and Economic Impacts of Biogas Management Technologies


Kosusko, Mike, R. Williams, L. Moreno, AND C. Ely. Evaluating the Air Quality, Climate Change, and Economic Impacts of Biogas Management Technologies. Presented at Air & Waste Management Association Annual Conference and Exhibition, Raleigh, NC, June 22 - 27, 2015.


This research will provide all parties with a more comprehensive understanding of each technology’s environmental and economic costs, enabling more sites to be permitted. This will further regional priorities, including waste reduction, renewable energy development, climate change mitigation, and improved air and water quality. Also, the relevance of this analysis to US EPA's implementation of national ambient air quality standards (NAAQS) for ground-level ozone could make the results nationally applicable.


This is an abstract for a presentation that describes a project to evaluate economic and environmental performance of several biogas management technologies. It will analyze various criteria air pollutants, greenhouse gas emissions, and costs associated with the use of biogas. The analysis will draw upon well-established data and literature as well as information from on-going biogas-to-energy projects. The hypothesis is that each biogas management approach has different economic and environmental effects; these varying effects make each approach more or less applicable for different policy environments and fuel inputs. This described paper will discuss the data gathering and analysis process used for this effort.

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Product Published Date: 06/27/2015
Record Last Revised: 04/22/2016
OMB Category: Other
Record ID: 311298