TotalEnergies and Veolia join forces to accelerate the development of biomethane

Source: press release, 2 February 2022

TotalEnergies aims to become a major player in biomethane internationally
TotalEnergies aims to become a major player in biomethane internationally (photo: TotalEnergies)

TotalEnergies and Veolia have signed an agreement to produce biomethane from Veolia waste and water treatment facilities operating in more than 15 countries.

The partners will develop and co-invest in a portfolio of international projects, with the ambition to produce up to 1.5 terawatt-hours (TWh) of biomethane per year by 2025. This production of renewable gas made from organic waste will be equivalent to the average annual natural gas consumption of 500,000 residents and will avoid some 200,000 tons of COper year. TotalEnergies will market the resulting biomethane as a renewable fuel for mobility or as a substitute for natural gas in other uses.

As part of this agreement, the partners will pool their industrial know-how in biomethane production. Veolia will provide its expertise in the production and processing of biogas from its facilities, and TotalEnergies will contribute its in-depth knowledge of the entire biomethane value chain.

“We are pleased to partner with Veolia to promote the recovery of waste through the production of biomethane, and thereby the circular economy, one of the pillars of sustainable development,” says Stéphane Michel, President Gas, Renewables & Power at TotalEnergies. “The development of biomethane is part of TotalEnergies’ transformation into a broad energy company, and the deployment of its ambition to be a major player in renewables.”

“Our partnership with TotalEnergies is in line with Veolia’s strategy to develop solutions for decarbonising the energy mix, notably with biogas, as part of an ecological transition,” says Estelle Brachlianoff, Chief Operating Officer of Veolia. “At the global level, the biogas resources at our sites offer more than 6 terawatt hours of primary energy. With this biomethane production potential and our know-how in biogas management, Veolia intends to become a leading player in the value chain while developing more decentralised and local green energy production capacity.”