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Italy: employees in the production of biogas from waste 2007-2030

Biogas is expected to become increasingly popular in the next few years and the biogas industry is forecasted to grow, accordingly. The number of people deployed in the production of biogas from waste is estimated to reach a peak by the end of 2030, after a steady growth. Also, the value of investments in the sector is forecasted to constantly increase, reaching 3,544 million euros in 2030.

Biogas from waste

Biogas is a gas that is obtained from waste through a process of anaerobic digestion. The latter refer to the action carried out by bacteria on organic matter, having as outcome the production of gas. Between 2013 and 2017, the number of biogas plants in Italy more than quadrupled. In 2017, there were 265 plants in the country. As a result, the biogas capacity peaked in 2016 and 2017 at 1,352 megawatts.


The generation of biogas is an example of waste-to-energy cycle, in other words a process through which the disposal of waste gives as outcome the production of an energy source. In Italy, the gross energy production from biomass and waste reached 19,282 gigawatt hours in 2017.

Number of employees in the production of biogas from waste in Italy in selected years between 2007 and 2030*

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Release date

February 2017



Survey time period

2007 to 2015

Supplementary notes

*Figures for years 2020, 2025 and 2030 are forecast.

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