Electricity can be generated more efficiently with wind and solar power than with biogas. But because of the Ukraine war, there is a shortage of gas. Biogas producers want to have a say again, but politicians are reluctant.

It’s not that long ago. After the turn of the millennium, biogas was one of the heaviest weapons in the fight against climate change. Environment ministers traveled around the republic celebrating each nest that had achieved bioenergy village status. To do this, a municipality had to be able to supply itself with electricity and heat on a sustainable basis. Farmers in particular got into the production business, building huge brew kettles with pointed hats on their meadows, so-called fermenters, in which they fermented their plant and animal remains into gas using bacteria.