Renewable natural gas (RNG), also known as biomethane or upgraded biogas, is a possible strategy to help achieve climate, waste management and other sustainability goals. However, questions remain on whether projects can be easily deployed, how much they can contribute to ambitious climate and environmental goals and the trade-offs of supporting RNG versus alternative decarbonization strategies.

WRI provides objective, clear-eyed guidance for policymakers on evaluating RNG resource potential, greenhouse gas emissions impacts and deployment and policy options. This guidance can help stakeholders in the United States determine whether and how RNG can fit into their climate goals.

RNG may be an effective, complementary climate strategy for U.S. states, cities and companies, particularly in cases where it comes from wastes and its use reduces methane emissions to the atmosphere.

WRI provides research and engagement that can help evaluate and identify opportunities for sustainable, climate-friendly RNG utilization. Highlights include:

WRI’s work on RNG is made possible through financial support from UPS foundation.