For the operation of biogas plants to be sustainable, efficient and reliable, safety is a matter of crucial importance. Biogas is classified as a highly flammable mixture of gases that can be harmful to health when inhaled because of its toxic constituents. The process engineering systems used in biogas plants can be highly complex. Given such many and varied hazards, it is extremely important to have fundamental protective measures in place in order to keep the risks from biogas plants for people and the environment to an absolute minimum.

The new booklet “Biogas – Safety first!” of German Biogas Association (FvB) and Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) provides a comprehensive description of the issue of safety in biogas plants and point to various forms of practical assistance. The safety guidelines therefore constitute an essential source of information for everyone involved in the planning, construction, operation, maintenance and testing of biogas plants.

The booklet (in English) can be viewed or downloaded free of charge at

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