As momentum for renewable energy accelerates around the globe, the adoption of biomethane stands as an important contributor to the clean energy transition. The role of biomethane is not merely as an ‘alternative’; it is a critical bridge, forging connections between ecological responsibility, waste management and economic pragmatism. Below, let’s walk through the key benefits of biomethane and explore its potential to have a profound impact on Australia’s energy future.

🌱 A Drop-In Solution with Existing Infrastructure 

The obvious benefit of biomethane begins with its ability to utilise existing infrastructure, mitigating the necessity for gargantuan investments in developing new transport and storage facilities – as much as 150-200PJ of biomethane could be stored in Australia’s gas pipelines at any one time, equivalent to >50x Snowy Hydro 2.0 projects! Biomethane, with its compatibility with natural gas infrastructure, provides a seamless transition, or a ‘drop-in’ solution, ensuring that the leap toward cleaner energy doesn’t have to necessitate a dismantling and abandonment of established investments, and can be delivered at a very competitive cost. This represents a pragmatic solution, particularly for sectors that are traditionally “hard to abate,” ensuring that key sectors and industries can continue to operate with little to no interruption to current operations, skills base and process configuration.

💵 Cost-Competitive Renewable Energy 

Neatly integrating principles of both economical and environmental sustainability, biomethane represents a renewable energy source that stands as very cost-competitive in today’s energy market. The economic viability of biomethane is not solely contingent on its production costs but is also bolstered by its ability to offset investments in new transport, storage and end-use infrastructure. When produced from biogenic waste, biomethane offers a feasible and economical alternative to fossil fuels, ensuring transformation of energy profiles and carbon footprints, without significantly elevating costs or upending economic stability.

🌞 Supporting Renewable Firming Capacity 

Biomethane extends its influence into the realm of renewable firming capacity, fortifying the reliability and stability of the national electricity market (NEM). Here we would cite the example of South Australia, which still utilises gas generation to firm ~10% of its electricity mix, bracing what is one of the highest penetrations of wind, solar and grid-scale batteries in the world. Substitution of biomethane here constitutes a simple and cost-effective measure to mitigate the asynchronous profile of these renewable energy sources, delivering maximum decarbonisation that uses existing plant and equipment. This support ensures that the electricity grid is stabilised and buffered against fluctuation, thereby safeguarding a continuous and stable power supply to end users at the lowest possible cost.

💨 Achieving Progress Towards Industrial Decarbonisation

Moreover, biomethane paves the way toward a cleaner, greener planet by harnessing biogenic wastes of various types, reducing landfill, and mitigating fugitive methane or carbon dioxide emissions otherwise released directly into the atmosphere through the natural breakdown of organic matter (without energy recovery). It delineates a pathway whereby waste is no longer merely discarded but repurposed into energy, in addition to delivering carbon, nutrient and mineral cycling via the digestate stream, embodying a Circular Economy model that embraces both sustainability and resource optimisation.


Biomethane does not merely present an alternative; it proposes a fusion wherein economic and environmental aspirations coalesce. With its ability to utilise existing infrastructure, compete economically in today’s market, provide much needed medium to high temperature process heat and/or stabilise the renewable electricity grid, biomethane delivers low embodied carbon energy that is renewable, sustainable, and accessible. 

In our collective pursuit towards a sustainable future, biomethane stands out, not merely as a fuel but as a symbol of our capability to innovate, adapt, and above all, to sustain and nurture the world we inhabit. 🌎💚