Biogas Initiative for Agriculture

Reducing emissions in the Serbian agricultural sector by fostering biogas technology for small and medium livestock farms.


While the Serbian government does support biogas technology, the current policy framework is not appropriate for implementation on small and medium-sized farms. Thus, only manure from large agricultural operations is treated in biogas plants. However, the bulk of manure production from livestock in Serbia occurs on small and medium-sized farms. To significantly mitigate greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from livestock farming, it is necessary to advance implementation of biogas technology on small and medium-sized farms.

Biogas plant in Bavaria, Germany

Manure-based biogas plant in Bavaria, Germany; Photo: (c) Djatkov


To achieve this, the project focusses on knowledge and technology transfer. The Serbian project partner organises two trainings for state authorities, professional associations, and farmers as well as two meetings of the key stakeholder groups, policy makers and investors from Germany and Serbia. Furthermore, it is in charge of investigating manure GHG mitigation potentials and of defining the prerequisites for sustainable technology implementation. Together, the project partners ensure the production and dissemination of information material for experts and the general public. Thus, they promote awareness and acceptance of biogas technology. The German partner organises a study tour for Serbian stakeholders to successful small biogas facilities in Germany. Additionally, it provides trainings for personnel in relevant ministries to adapt policy measures, for professional associations to give skilled feedback to state authorities, and for farmers to successfully implement biogas technology.

Low-cost biogas plant

Alternative low-cost biogas plant concept; Photo: (c) Djatkov

Project information

Updated: January 2021

Countries: Germany, Serbia

Project duration: 09/20 - 08/22

Funding: 101,477 €

Target groups: Governments, Private sector, Small and medium enterprises (SME)

Implementing organisation: Bavarian State Research Center for Agriculture (LfL)

Partners: University of Novi Sad - Faculty of Technical Sciences

Contact Person:

Mr Dr.-Ing. Mathias Effenberger


Bavarian State Research Center for Agriculture (LfL)


Vöttinger Straße 36
85354 Freising




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The European Climate Initiative (EUKI):

This project is part of the European Climate Initiative (EUKI). EUKI is a project financing instrument by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Climate Action (BMWK). The EUKI competition for project ideas is implemented by the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH. It is the overarching goal of the EUKI to foster climate cooperation within the European Union (EU) in order to mitigate greenhouse gas emissions.

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