EnviTec Biogas contributes facts and figures to the climate debate

Plant manufacturer reports positive order intake for 2020

Lohne/Saerbeck, 16 December 2019 – Protecting the climate now means protecting humanity’s future. As a technology leader, Germany could make a real contribution to reversing climate trends. Yet the German Government isn’t going to meet its bold target of cutting greenhouse gas emissions to 40% of 1990 levels by 2020—and its Climate Package is less than is both possible and necessary.

As 2019 draws to a close—the year of Greta Thunberg, Fridays for Future and the just-ended UN Climate Action Summit—EnviTec Biogas AG has published a white paper summarising the current state of play and possible outcomes in relation to climate protection, the transition to sustainable transport and the role of biomethane. “As an established plant construction business, we aim to play our part in meeting the Herculean challenge of climate protection in the new year and bring a fresh perspective to the debate—at least in Germany,” comments Jörg Fischer, CFO of the global company that is based in Lohne and Saerbeck, Germany.

The sector pioneer and innovator is also looking to shake up its core segment of plant construction. “Our order book for 2020 gives us good reason to be optimistic,” says CEO Olaf von Lehmden, with biogas now definitely back in demand. Plant construction is an early indicator of this, notes von Lehmden in his annual forecast, and the chief executive boss also expects to see a rise or at least continuity in revenue for its Service and In-House Operations units. Von Lehmden: “This will result in a year-on-year increase in Group EBIT compared to 2019, which we are eagerly anticipating.” Overall, the management team of von Lehmden, Jürgen Tenbrink (CTO) and Jörg Fischer agree that the political climate is once again ripe for progress in the biogas industry. Von Lehmden: “From the perspective of both macroeconomics and climate, biomethane is now the most cost-effective and climate-neutral fuel available—as recently confirmed by a study from the Fraunhofer Institute.”

While convincing Berlin’s politicians and secretaries of state of this will not be an easy task, EnviTec’s CEO believes that the company’s white paper provides a wealth of facts and figures on current target attainment—especially in the mobility sector—which, he argues, “speak for themselves.” A key focus of this backgrounder is making the case for biomethane as a green fuel with unique benefits for tackling climate change.

“If the biomethane capacities now available plus the biomethane capacities capable of being developed were to be used for sustainable mobility, we could power 18 million mid-range passenger vehicles—that’s over a third of the current volume of cars on German roads,” adds Fischer in conclusion.

Topics covered by the white paper:

  • Climate protection targets from the German Government
  • Status quo report on the transport sector
  • Current CO2 studies on bio CNG and LNG
  • Status quo report on biomethane in Germany
  • Advantages of biomethane as an alternative fuel
  • Bio CNG in practice
  • ‘Drive Biogas’ as best practice
  • Recommendations for government action
  • Further reading

The white paper can be requested from the following link:

(only available in German at the moment – English will follow soon)



About EnviTec Biogas AG

EnviTec Biogas AG is a full-service biogas provider who covers the entire value chain for the production and processing of biogas, including the planning and turnkey construction of biogas plants and biogas upgrading plants as well as their commissioning. The company takes charge of biological and technical services on demand and offers full plant and operational management. EnviTec operates 74 own plants, making it one of the largest biogas producers in Germany. The company’s business activities also include the direct marketing of processed biomethane as well as the marketing of electricity and balancing energy. With a presence in 16 countries worldwide, EnviTec Biogas AG is represented by its own companies, sales offices, strategic partners and joint ventures. In 2018, the EnviTec Group generated revenue of EUR 186.8 million and EBIT of EUR 10.1 million. The Group currently employs a good 430 people. EnviTec Biogas AG has been listed on the Frankfurt Stock Exchange since July 2007.


Katrin Hackfort
EnviTec Biogas AG
Phone: +49 25 74 88 88 - 810
Email: k.hackfort@envitec-biogas.de