A tour organized by CIB in seven Italian regions to explain the application and the potential of the model.

Last September the Italian Biogas Consortium organized the Biogasdoneright Tour, a seven-stage event in seven Italian regions. The event was an opportunity to meet the biogas producers and explain the virtuous integration of biogas into agriculture thanks to the good practices of Biogasdoneright®.

The meetings were organized in Piemonte, Lombardia, Lazio, Puglia, Friuli-Venezia Giulia, Veneto and Emilia Romagna. More than 400 participants, among them more than 300 biogas producers, took part to the event showing a deep interest in the topics discussed.

Increased productivity with double crops, increased crop rotation, increased organic matter in soil and efficient use of water and digestate are the key elements of an innovative and sustainable farming system that can counteract climate changes. These are the virtuous processes generated by the biogas/biomethane plant well integrated into the farm, as evidenced by the experiences of Biogasdoneright® presented by CIB members at every appointment.

“We have perceived,” says Christian Curlisi, CIB Director, “the satisfaction of the farmers getting information and concrete suggestions immediately applicable in the farm. We are proud -he adds- to have promoted an open confrontation between the different experiences of our members, starting from the proofs of companies that already apply innovative technologies and agronomic practices. We have further confirmed that agriculture, thanks to Biogasdoneright®, becomes a circular economy model capable of sequestrating carbon by bringing it back to the soil, thus allowing the primary sector to play a strategic role in contrasting climate change and generating a benefit for the community.”

The Biogasdoneright® model

Agriculture is a strategic sector in contrasting climate change because with the optimizing of production factors and innovative farming techniques can produce more food, feed and energy with a reduction of its overall environmental impact.

Decarbonisation of agriculture, in particular, requires the implementation of a circular production system based mainly on three pillars:

– increase and maintenance of organic matter in soil;

– introduction of rotations that increase the efficiency of land use;

– the implementation of conservative agriculture which optimize the consumption of production factors (fertilizers, plat protection treatments, etc.) and promote the recycling of nutrients and the continuous supply of organic matter (Figure 1).

Biogasdoneright® model is based on the same three pillars. The digestate produced by the biogas plant should be used efficiently, being the key to start the virtuous process of circular production. The digestate constantly returns organic matter to the soil, improves fertility, and recycles crop nutrients. The introduction of sequential crops (two crops on the same soil in the same year) and/or the recover of marginal land allow to produce additional biomasses, improving soil use efficiency and combining food and energy production. Conservative farming systems promote the conservation of organic matter and soil carbon sequestration and improve the logistics in the sequential cropping management (Fig. 2).

The Biogasdoneright® model, therefore, fosters agronomic innovation and the evolution of the whole farm. There is no unique way to do Biogasdoneright®: the model must in fact be adapted from time to time to the needs of the farm, always starting from its three core pillars.