Sustainable Business Models for Biogas Production from Organic Municipal Solid Waste

Lead country


Participating countries


Project status

Under implementation

Implementing period

From January 23, 2017 to June 30, 2022

SDGs addressed by this project

SDG targets

  1. 12.4 Achieve environmentally sound chemical, waste management
  2. 12.5 Reduce waste generation through reduction, recycling, reuse
  3. 7.2 Increase share of global renewable energy

Project ID: 5345

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Technical team

  • Energy Programme

Technical area(s)

  • Renewable Energy


  • Type: Thermal
  • Resource: Biomass
  • Resource: Waste (municipal)


  • Human altered areas

Transformed sector(s)

  • Energy
  • Oil, gas and fuels
  • Agriculture

UNDP role(s)

  • Capacity development / Technical assistance
  • Innovative approaches
  • Support functions


  • Governance
  • Management operation
  • Capacity building


  • Laws/ Policy/ Plan formulation
  • Institutional framework
  • Alternative energy sources
  • Demonstration sites/Pilot
  • Waste management
  • Energy finance
  • Technical capacity building

Social inclusion

  • Private sector

Gender equality


Gender result effectiveness scale

  • Gender targeted


  • Sci-tech pathway
  • Systems pathway
  • People pathway

Risk reduction target(s)

  • Reduce exposure
  • Hazard control/mitigation

SDG target(s)

  • 12.4 Achieve environmentally sound chemical, waste management
  • 12.5 Reduce waste generation through reduction, recycling, reuse
  • 7.2 Increase share of global renewable energy

Conventions and protocols


Private sector(s)


Hot topic

  • Public-private partnership
  • Food and agricultural commodities strategy

About this project


The Project envisages demonstrating the potential of biogas (including landfill gas) for energy generation from organic municipal solid waste for medium-sized urban centers in Argentina. The project will develop and optimize effective business models for energy production as part of integrated waste management under the national GIRSU programme. Three to four small-scale biogas energy systems will be procured and demonstrated in selected municipalities. The Project is focused on electricity generation for self-supply with sales of surplus energy to the grid, but also envisages demonstrating biogas production for heat (including cogeneration) and biomethane production. The Project will deliver electricity from renewable energy sources (biogas) for approx. 21,000 people, thereby avoiding a total of 575 kton CO2eq over lifetime of the pilots projects.


To introduce biogas technologies for energy generation as part of the National Strategy for integrated municipal waste management.

USD $2,854,849

Grant amount

USD $12,745,000

Leveraged amount (co-financing)


Source(s) of fund

Sources of fund


  • Global Environment Facility – Trust Fund ($2,854,849)

Implementing partner(s)

  • Government of Argentina

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