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The first agricultural plant in Italy of liquefied biomethane and biogenic Co2

50 heavy vehicles of the Maganetti group will be powered by bio-LNG

The protagonist is the agricultural cooperative Speranza, a Piedmontese social reality of the Cib

The first Italian plant for the production of liquefied biomethane and carbon dioxide, produced with the recovery of livestock effluents and agricultural by-products, starts today. The protagonist of this important initiative is the agricultural cooperative Speranza, a Piedmontese reality that has won many awards both at national and European level for its strong attention to the environment.

The cooperative, engaged in the heating of the Candiolo cancer research institute, thanks to the heat of biogas with an annual saving of 200 thousand euros for the hospital, yesterday carried out the first load of liquefied biomethane on a cryogenic tank which today supplied the Gera Lario service station of Maganetti SpA, a historic transport company from Valtellina. The cooperative also provides for the recovery of Co2 from the biogas purification process to produce biomethane. The biogenic CO2 will be sold to a local company that deals with technical gases and to a local company that bottles mineral water. Currently, however, Co2 is still extracted from underground wells and is imported from Germany. From today, the 50 heavy vehicles of the Maganetti group will be fueled with the most sustainable advanced biofuel, from an environmental point of view, currently available on the market, eliminating CO2 emissions and drastically reducing local pollutants (-70% NOx and -99% dust thin) compared to diesel-powered vehicles.

Carlo Vanzetti, of the Speranza cooperative declares: "Our biomethane production plant, of 2,000 tons per year and the Co2 recovery plant, of 4,000 tons a year, represent two new important steps in the energy transition and strong commitment of our company to environmental protection, in line with the objectives of the Green Deal". According to Matteo Lorenzo De Campo, CEO of the Valtellina company: "The production of bio-LNG represents a further step towards a real circular economy, allowing a reduction in the distance traveled by fuel, (now imported from the terminals of Barcelona or Marseille), a greater independence from gas sources outside the country and an almost total abatement of CO2 and particulate emissions".

Piero Gattoni, president of Cib (Italian Biogas Consortium), of which the cooperative is a historical partner, underlines: "The virtuous process triggered by the farm, which manages to be competitive thanks to a plurality of outlet markets with great attention to environmental protection, corresponds to our vision for the immediate future, what we imagined with Farming for Future, 10 actions to cultivate the future, a roadmap that by 2030 could lead to a 30% reduction in emissions thanks to the production of 6.5 billion m3 of biomethane. With this concrete example, Italian agriculture demonstrates that it can make its own contribution to combating climate change, continuing to produce food excellence and promoting the development of the bioeconomy in the territories. We hope that political guidelines will also contribute to promoting these paths and at the same time removing the regulatory barriers that still hinder the development of the sector today”.

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