German biz group supports PH’s biogas energy strategy

Two German business groups, together with the German-Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry (GPCCI), have started a series of trainings with its Philippine partners on the use of biogas technology.

The two German groups are the German Biogas Association, and the Lipp GmBH. They started the training on March 2 with participants from Dole Philippines, representatives from the Department of Energy and the Department of Science and Technology, as well as the academe represented by De La Salle University Manila and the Technological University of the Philippines Taguig Campus.

GPCCI, in a statement Wednesday, said the training forms part of Germany’s Project, which is co-financed by the German Investment Corporation through public funds of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development.

The German government’s initiative for the Philippines seeks  to support the country’s shift to renewable energy (RE) by adding biogas in its RE mix.

“As an agricultural country, the Philippines has great potential to process large quantities of biowastes into biogas and help reduce carbon dioxide emissions into the atmosphere. Despite the potential to generate green energy while sustainably managing organic waste, high-yield biogas technology is still not widespread in the Philippines,” GPCCI noted.

German biogas technology provider Lipp GmBH also partnered with Metro Pacific Investments Corp. unit METPower Venture Partners for a biogas project in Mindanao. Their project is the first industrial-scale biogas plants in Mindanao that will process and covert Dole’s pineapple waste into biogas. The facility can generate clean energy, replacing fossil fuel for power, steam, and heat generation.

GPCCI executive director Martin Henkelmann said the  German-Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry is proud to be part of the project to bring German biogas technology and experience to the Philippines.