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22/03/17 – Project closed

The EffiSludge for LIFE project is now formally closed. However, as part of the "After LIFE Plan" Scandinavian Biogas will continue to work on the development of EffiSludge applied to industrial wastewater. For updated news please follow the main company website or signup to the EffiSludge newsletter.

21/11/29 – New video

New video about EffiSludge. Discover project's achievements here

21/11/23 – The mills of the future

The mills of the future will play a crucial role on bioenergy production. Next week EffiSludge will discuss this further with the Climate Change and Energy Director at CEPI. Rea d more  about it at CEPI.

21/11/08 – Final event: LIFE link

The closing event for EffiSludge is now advertised on the LIFE portal too 

21/10/05 – Conferences are back

After REGATEC2020 in Weimar, this week the project is presenting at Biogas PowerON in Copenhagen.





21/10/28 – Final event registration

The closing event for the project will take place on the 2nd December 2021. Registraion are now open

21/10/12- EffiNews n. 15

The latest Project newsletter is now evailable. Check on the closing event. You can read it here.

20/02/28 – Progress Report submitted

A Progress Report has been submitted to LIFE/EASME, reporting project activitties until January 31st 2020.        

21/08/11 – Biogas is 100% sustainable

It should be very obvious, but sometime we forget what "sustainble" realy  means. You can read here and intersting debate article from the Svedish news.

21/08/10 – Biogas production from ECSB is rising

Increasing biogas production from the ECSB is observed since the start of August. We are now taking in over 200 m3/h.

21/06/24 – EffiNews n. 14

The latest Project newsletter is now evailable. You can read it here.

21/03/31 – EffiNews n. 13

The latest Project newsletter is now evailable. You can read it here.

21/06/22 – Progress report

The project will submit a progress report to CINEA this week to confirm the plan to end the project by December 2021.

21/03/30 – Carbon savings

EffiiSludge carbon savings for 2020 are now reported. Check project carbon savings on the dedicated page.

21/01/20 – The ECSB is back

The inoculation of the ECSB started accordig to plan on the 18th of January. The next few months will be crucial to reach the targeted loading of wastewater via the ECSB.

20/12/20 – Project will continue during 2021

Project extended to December 2021. The request for project extension has been accepted.

20/11/11 – Webinar 12th November

"Industrial Wastewater Management: Exploring higher energy efficiency, carbon-saving solutions - special focus on pulp and paper residues". We have more than 80  registered participants! Final agenda and registration here.

20/10/20 – EffiNews n. 12

The latest Project newsletter is now evailable. You can read it here.

20/09/28 – Webinar 12th November

"Industrial Wastewater Management: Exploring higher energy efficiency, carbon-saving solutions - special focus on pulp and paper residues". Preliminary agenda and registration here.

20/09/28 – Norske Skog Skogn back in operation

Activities at the pulp and paper mill are back since early September. Biogas production is also in operation. Operation within the ECSB will re-start as soon as possible.

20/08/10 – Norske Skog Skogn will stop production for 10 days

Due to weaker order intake than planned during the summer combined with high stock levels, the pulp and paper mill decided to reduce its production by stopping the factory for a period of 10-12 days in August. EffiSludge will support the monitoring of the WWTP to secure a fast recovery after the stop. You can read it here.

20/04/08 – EffiNews n. 11

The latest Project newsletter is now evailable. How the project is doing? Would the EU meet the carbon reduction target for 2020? How Sweden will reach 10 TWh biogas in 10 years? Is COVID19 our last chance for sustainability? You can read it here.

20/04/02 – Webinar on Friday

"The geopolitics of COVID-19 and climate change" – the role of disruptors in the transformation to sustainability. Only a few places left. Find out more information on the EVENTS page.

20/03/24 – RG meeting online

Tomorrow RG meeting will be online only.

20/03/23 – Covid19 impacting EffiSludge

Due to the development of Covid19 in Europe, projects activities are reduced to minimum level. At present, all project flights between Sweden-Norway are suspended. At site in Skogn, operation continue but with very few personal available.

19/10/04 – Project extended to 2020

The EC accepted the request for a new end date for the project. Due to the delay encounter under Construction phase, the EffiSludge demonstration will continue in 2020 until all expected targets are achieved.

19/10/04 – ECSB 1 at full capacity

Since September, one of the ECSB unit is running at full capacity processing up to 80% of the available wastewater from the mill. This is a great project milestone.

19/09/03 – EffiNews n. 08/2019

In August we released the Project newsletter n. 8. You can read it here.    

19/07/31 – Carbon saving

The reduced carbon emissions value since the project started have been updated. Read more here.

19/06/25 – Poster and presentations available

Abstract, poster and presentation from recent dissemination events, EUSEW19 and AD16, are now available for dowload here.

19/05/03 – EU Sustainable Energy Week

Francesco Ometto, EffiSludge's Project Manager, will be in Brussels on the 20th of June as part of the EUSWE event. Read here about Francesco's talk entitled "The power of biogas: an underestimated climate change solution"

19/04/30 – Annual report 2018

Scandinavian Biogas' annual report has been published on the 25th April. You can read about EffiSludge developments and performances at Skogn here.

19/04/05 – EffiNews n. 07

The first newsletter of 2019 is now available. Read EffiNews here.

19/04/04- LIFE 2019 – calls for proposals

The calls for new LIFE Projects are now open. Visit the LIFE portal here.

19/03/29 – LIFE delegation from Lithuania in Stockholm

The LIFE working group at the Environmental Projects Management Agency under the Ministry of Environment of the Republic of Lithuania will visit Scandinavian Biogas (16th May) to learn more on climate change mitigation projects funded by the EC. 

19/03/05 – AD16

Abstract accepted! EffiSludge for LIFE will be at IWA World Congress of Anaerobic Digestion - AD16. The event will take place in Delft between 23-27 June.

19/01/28 – Nordic Biogas Conference

Abstract accepted! EffiSludge for LIFE will be at Nordic Biogas Conference 2019 (NBC). The event is part of a full week of bio-waste events in Oslo, Europe's Green Capital City.

19/01/09 – We are back at work

Happy New Year - this week we are back at site to monitor progress at the biogas site and the wastewater treatment.

18/12/13 – EffiNews n. 06/2018

The last EffiSludge newsletter of the year is now available. Read EffiNews here.

18/12/12 – Presentations from the workshop

All presentations from the workshop in Norrköping are now available for dowaload.

18/11/29 – Second pre-financing payment

As part of the completed evaluation of the Midterm Report (MTR) submitted in September, the EASME acknowledged the good progress of the project and approved the second pre-financing payment for a total of 745,583,20 Euro.

18/11/01 – ECSB in operation

One of the ECSB reactors at Skogn has now been taken into operation. Inoculation with granular sludge started at the end of September. The second unit will be activated as soon as stable condition of operation are achieved in the current set up.

18/10/31 – Workshop in Norrköping

The final program for the EffiSludge-IBBA workshop is now ready. Please read about updated schedule and speakers here.

18/09/28 – Progress Report submitted

The third progress report has been submitted to the EASME this morning... 159 files covering 3 years of project. The report will be available online in a few weeks.

18/09/28 – 90 days of biogas production at Skogn

Today, 90 days after inoculation on both anaerobic digesters, we reached 90% of production capacity. This is a great result and most probably a "WR on AD start-up". 

18/09/10 – Worskhop on Industrial Wastewater Management

Register today on the event website. The event, organised in cooperation with IBBA and BRC, has only a limited capacity: only a few seats left!


18/09/06 – EU officer on project visit

Bernd Decker from the Executive Agency for Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (EASME), and Anita Rubene from the NEEMO LIFE monitoring team, visited the Skogn site last Thursday. The visit was the opportunity to discuss about project's achievements and coming up milestones. Read more here.

18/09/02 – Official opening of the Skogn plant

On Sunday 2nd September, the opening ceremony took at place the LBG site. The Prime Minister of Norway, Erna Solberg, attended the event. Read more here.

18/08/22 – Start-up operation ongoing

After more than one months since the inoculation of the two main CSTR reactors, start-up activities are progressing well according to the developed "Start-up plan". The methane concentration in the raw gas is between 65-68%. Great results so far!

18/08/16 – MidTerm Report

During the last PSG meeting on the 15th of August 2018, the project confirmed the achievement for the submission of the MidTerm Report together with the request for second payment. The submission is expected by the end of September.

18/07/06 – Discover the Skogn site

Have you seen this video yet? A great "story" from Norway Liquid biogas - the ultimate green alternative

18/07/02 – Inoculation ongoing

Since Friday 29th June, the inoculation of both anaerobic digestion reactors is ongoing. Biomass from Sweden was delivered at site over the weekend. This is major milestone for the project!

18/06/28 – EffiNews n. 04/2018

EffiNews: the fourth newsletter for EffiSludge for LIFE is now available online.

18/06/15 – Clean Energy Innovation EU Success Stories

EffiSludge for LIFE shows up on the recent video on Clean Energy Innovation EU Success Stories released by the EC. Over 4k visualisations so far! 

18/06/12 – New site visit report available

Last week a new visit at site was completed as part of the Reference Group meeting. The report is now available.

18/05/24 – Worskhop on Industrial Wastewater Management

EffiSludge for LIFE is organising a workshop as part of the IBBA workshops serie. The event will take place in Norrköping on the 6th and 7th November 2018. More information on the event website.

18/05/23 – Communication on GDPR

As of May 25th 2018, we are obliged to follow the rules of the new European General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) to which we are fully committed. Through EffiSludge for LIFE Newsletter,  Scandinavian Biogas holds only data for the purpose of the mailing list such as country of origin, name and e-mail address. We do not share any data with third parties. As such there is no requirement for explicit opt-in.

18/05/04 – New owner for the Norske Skog Group

EffiSludge is pleased to be informed that Oceanwood has entered into a sale and purchase agreement to buy the entire issued share capital of Norske Skog AS (Norske Skog). Read more here.

18/04/26 – Swedish National Strategy for Biogas: 15TWh by 2030

On the 12th April, the National Strategy for Biogas has been launched. Michael Olausson, Scandinavian Biogas, presented on biogas social benefit and increased production. 

18/04/23 – Biogas2020

Marianne Langvik, Manager Commercial at Biokraft, will have an oral talk this week at Biogas2020 conference in Fredrikstad (Norway) on the 25-26 April. She will present on the most recent activities completed at the Biogas plant in Skogn. You can now look at the presentation here.

18/03/27 – EffiNews n. 03/2018

EffiNews: the third newsletter for EffiSludge for LIFE is now available online.

18/03/22 – Annual group report 2017 for Scandinavian Biogas

The annual group report 2017 for Scandinavian Biogas Fuels International AB (publ), is now available on the company website.

18/02/26 – The project VIDEO is now online

The official project's video is now available online. Thanks to the all working team for this great result!

18/02/19 – Project brochure

The official project's brochure is now available for download. Hard copies are available on request.

18/02/05 – New site visit completed

Last week a new visit at site was completed. The report is now available.

18/01/19 – Second Progress report

A Letter from the EC commenting on the project report submitted last November, has been received on Thursday 18th January 2018. Overall the project received a very positive feedback supporting the effort of the management team delivering high quality project outputs. The submitted report is now available for download.

Note: The report, first classified as "MidTerm Report", it is not consider as the "Second Progress Report". This because, in line with LIFE regulation, the MidTerm Report has to provide evidence of eligible project expenditure covering in full the first pre-payment amount. This condition is expected to the reached during the first half of 2018. 


17/12/20 – About Norske Skog

Despite the recent information about Norske Skog's status, EffiSludge for LIFE at Norske Skog Skogn is expected to proceed according to plan. Norske Skog's operations will continue to run as normal despite the announced bankruptcy of Norske Skogindustrier ASA which is financial and concerns mainly shareholders and bondholders of Norske Skogindustrier ASA.

17/12/20 – Merry Christmas

On behalf of the Project Management Team...

17/12/04 – EffiSludge operation during 2018

Based on the revised timeplan for the start-up of the AD plant at Skogn, EffiSludge activities are expected to enter in a more active phase during March 2018. Looking forward to a great 2018.

17/11/15 – MidTerm Report submitted!

The MidTerm Report is now completed and on the way to the European Commission for evaluation! With this report we provide evidences for a good ongoing project which is expected to continue until the end of 2019. Despite some delays at the construction site, we are confident to be able to perform all required demonstration actions without a project extension. The MidTerm report is also the time to formally request the second pre-financing contribution. We all hope in a positive and fast response.

17/10/17 – EffiNews n. 02/2017

EffiNews: the second newsletter for EffiSludge for LIFE is now available online.

17/09/29 – We are on TV!

Short broadcast about the ongoing work at Skog, the implementation site for EffiSludge for LIFE. 

17/09/21 – Global Conference on Energy Efficiency Management in Industry has beed postponned

The Global Conference on Energy Efficiency Management in Industry (Barcelon. Spain) has beed postponned and it will not take place during October 2017.

17/09/01 – Happy Birthday!

Officially started on the 1st September 2015, EffiSludge for LIFE is today 2 years old: 3000 working hours, 150 tweets, 30 project meetings, 6 dissemination events, 4 reference groups and 2 years of data analysis. Well done! 

17/07/28 – News from the site

A new report from the site is now available for download. Read about status of construction works at Skogn here »

17/07/26 – Europe-Korea Conference on Science and Technology – Stockholm

EKC brings together Korean scientists and engineers working in Europe and in Korea and European scientists and engineers interested in collaborating with Korean nationals. Particular emphasis is given to develop friendship and to exchange useful knowledge and bright ideas for the promotion of science and technology in service of the human being and the society. Yesterday, a delegation of ca. 40 people visited our SBSö biogas plant. This afternoon, Prof Jörgen Ejlertsson will talk at the conference presenting on biogas opportunities in the Nordic countries and the EffiSludge concept!

17/07/18 – SludgeTech 2017 – London

The IWA Specialist Conference on Sludge Management - SludgeTech 2017 - took place in London from the 9-13th July 2017. A great event with interest talks on sludge management and challenges for the wastewater treatment of the future. Next year the event will take place in Rome during May. EffiSludge for LIFE abstract, presentation and poster are here available for download.

17/06/29 – Biokraft now signed the LIFE partnership agreement with Scandinavian Biogas

The final step to secure a full collaboration between the coordinating beneficiary, Scandinavian Biogas Fuels AB, and the associated beneficiary, Biokraft AS, has been completed today. With the singing of the partnership agreement for EffiSludge for LIFE, Biokraft will now receive the first pre-financing payment. 

17/06/19 – EUBCE 2017

#EUBCE 2017 - Conference and Technical visit to SBSö

Last week (12-15th June) Stockholm hosted the 25th European Biomass Conference and Exhibition. It was a great event also thanks to EffiSludge for LIFE. SBF and BRC were official sponsors of the event and the Technical Tour was organized as part of the 25th LIFE anniversary. About 40 people visited SBSö and had the opportunity to discover a fully integrated anaerobic digestion process generating biomethane and high quality nutrients from food waste. During the event, EffiSludge for LIFE was presented with a poster and the importance of this project for the future of the pulp and paper industry was discussed.

17/05/22 – EffiNews n. 01/2017

EffiNews: the first newsletter for EffiSludge for LIFE is now available online.

17/05/17 – Visit to a biogas plant

Technical visit to Scandinavian Biogas Södertörn Plant (Stockholm) on Tuesday 13th June. Registration are now open!

17/05/13 – Second site visit completed!

The second site visit to Skgon took place last week (10-11 May 2017).  Read about the status of the construction work here.

17/05/02 - LIFE 25th Anniversary

The LIFE Programme will be marking its 25th Anniversary on 21 May 2017: "25 years of protecting and enhancing the environment". To celebrate a number of events have been organized around Europe by ongoing and past projects (find an event). EffiSludge for LIFE is in contact with the Swedish LIFE contact point to consider a national event to be organized. Additional info will be provided as soon as possible.

17/04/30 - Green Awards -  vote now for your favourite LIFE project

This year to remarch the 25th Anniversary for the LIFE Programme, the European Commission has selected 15 outstanding LIFE projects as nominees for the Green Awards. Read about the project and vote here. You have until 10 May 2017 to vole! 

17/03/22 - Project revision meeting with NEEMO

The annual project revision meeting toke place in Stockholm on the 21st March 2017. During the meeting the progress for EffiSludge for LIFE were presented to the LIFE monitoring expert (NEEMO EEIG-ELLE). Next formal revision will be included as part of the Mid Term Report expected during Q4 this year.

17/02/28 – Scandinavian Biogas’ Annual Report 2016

The annual report 2016 is now available at Scandinavian Biogas' homepage: Annual Report 2016_English » Annual Report 2016_Swedish »

17/02/27 - Investing in Europe for Industry Transformation - 2050 Roadmap to a low-carbon bioeconomy.

A new report has been published by CEPI. To achieve the 80% decarbonising target by 2050, 12 million tonnes of CO2 emission need to be brought down. This can only be accomplished with (1) the adoption of innovative energy efficiency solutions and (2) the use of biofuels. On those aspects EffiSludge for LIFE will be beneficial. Download the fullreport here »

17/01/27 - First site visit completed on Tuesday 24rd January.

 A report with pictures from the site is now available for download.


16/12/06 - Annual Compilations of 2015 LIFE projects published

Discover the new projects on Climate Change Mitigation, where they will be implemented and what they will investigate.
Download the full list here »

16/11/03 - European Commission investing over €220 million in green and low-carbon projects in Member States

€222.7 million from the EU budget to support Europe's transition to a more sustainable and low-carbon future. Commissioner for Climate Action and Energy, Miguel Arias Cañete said: "With the Paris Agreement entering into force, we must now focus on delivering on our promises. These projects will create the right conditions to promote innovative solutions and spread best practices in reducing emission and adapting to climate change across the EU."
Read press release here » 

16/08/28 - Norske Skog Skogn is the designated mill for EffiSludge

A Memorandum of Understdanding (MoU) has been signed by the Norske Skog Skogn, Biokraft AS and Scandinavian Biogas Fuels AB. In the MoU the mill welcomes EffiSludge for LIFE as demonstration project with the aim to enhance the functionality of the mill’s wastewater treatment reducing energy demand and carbon footprint, at the same time generating sludge for biogas production.

16/04/11 - LIFE to be part of the largest liquid biogas plant in Europe 

Biokraft AS will support EffiSludge for LIFE implementation as part of the under construction plant at Skogn (Norway). As soon as possible Biokraft AS will be formally included in the LIFE grant agreement. Welcome to LIFE!