Besides superior to LPG, biogas has huge job opportunities: Kevin Houston
India is presently producing about 62 million tonnes of municipal waste per day which is likely to double by 2030 but most of the waste is going into landfills and adding into carbon emission. Besides providing better and cheaper cooking fuel in comparison to LPG, biogas plants will create a huge number of jobs for skilled, semi-skilled and unskilled populations said Mr. Kevin Houston who is Co-Founder of Carbon Masters India. Click to see the full interview:Devdiscourse News Desk | Updated: 10-02-2020 13:36 IST | Created: 09-02-2020 20:51 IST
The biogas generated from the organic part of municipal waste is better than cooking gas or Liquified Petroleum Gas (LPG) in terms of calorific value, cooking performance, cost, and efficiency. Besides, India could support 10,000 to 15,000 large-scale biogas plants which would create huge jobs for skilled, semi-skilled and unskilled people as well.
These views were expressed by Kevin J. Houston, Kevin Houston, Co-Founder, Carbon Masters India in the Waste Management Series of Summits (WMSS) 2020 organized in New Delhi on 30th and 31st January to which Devdiscourse was a media partner.
"Biogas is packed at high pressure and used at high pressure. There is no wastage of gas as it is 100 percent gas while in LPG cylinders about 2 to 5 percent liquid goes back as it is useless when the pressure goes down," said Houston in an exclusive interview to Devdiscourse. "India gave biogas to the world as the first biogas plant was established in India in 1890. India was the largest biogas producer in the world but unfortunately, we moved to LPG," he added emphasizing that better technologies are now available to produce purified, high-quality and economically affordable biogas. Click here to see the full interview
He also highlighted that due to the increasing population and urbanization in India, the waste generation is likely to double by 2030. "A huge amount of municipal waste is going into landfills and producing greenhouse gases. Because of climate change and environmental issues, people throughout the world are now looking at biogas for a solution," he emphasized. Houston presented his views on the topic titled 'Converting Food Waste to Climate Friendly fuel for commercial cooking and Organic Fertilizer' in a thematic session 'Biofuels – The Wonder Fuel' organized on the second day of WMSS 2020 which was focussed on the theme 'Beyond Fossil Fuels'.
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