The partners will develop a portfolio of international projects across more than 15 countries, with the ambition to produce up to 1.5 terawatt-hours (TWh) of biomethane per year by 2025 – the equivalent to the average annual natural gas consumption of 500,000 residents.

The companies anticipate that this will avoid some 200,000 tons of CO2 being expelled into the atmosphere per year.

TotalEnergies will market the resulting biomethane as a renewable fuel for mobility or as a substitute for natural gas in other uses.

‘We are pleased to partner with Veolia to promote the recovery of waste through the production of biomethane, and thereby the circular economy, one of the pillars of sustainable development,’ said Stéphane Michel, president gas, renewables & power at TotalEnergies.

‘The development of biomethane is part of TotalEnergies' transformation into a broad energy company, and the deployment of its ambition to be a major player in renewables.’

‘Our partnership with TotalEnergies is in line with Veolia's strategy to develop solutions for decarbonizing the energy mix, notably with biogas, as part of an ecological transition,’ said Estelle Brachlianoff, chief operating officer of Veolia.

‘At the global level, the biogas resources at our sites offer more than 6 terawatt hours of primary energy. With this biomethane production potential and our know-how in generating energy from biogas, Veolia intends to become a leading player in the value chain while developing more decentralized and local green energy production capacity.’