Biogas is part of the White House's strategy to reduce emissions of methane, a greenhouse gas with more than 25 times the global warming potential of carbon dioxide and a valuable source of energy. In the Climate Action Plan, President Obama directed the administration to develop a comprehensive, interagency strategy to reduce methane emissions, which contains biogas production encouragement.
In March 2014, the White House released the Climate Action Plan - Strategy to Reduce Methane Emissions. As part of the strategy, DOE, EPA, and USDA committed to work with industry leaders to formulate a biogas roadmap in order to encourage cost-effective strategies for voluntary reductions.
The 2014 roadmap identified more than 2,000 sites across the United States that produce biogas, as well as the potential for an additional 11,000 biogas systems. If this potential is reached by 2030, biogas systems could produce enough energy to power more than 3 million American homes while reducing the methane emissions by an amount equivalent to 54 million metric tons of carbon dioxide, the equivalent of the greenhouse gasses from up to 11 million passenger vehicles, according to administration numbers.
Biogas offers American farmers, municipalities, and other stakeholders a way to reduce their waste outputs while adding another revenue stream by recovering resources with biogas systems for energy, nutrients and other beneficial uses, the administration claims. And it further claims progress is being made on the goal.