Tuesday, October 20, 2020

Speaker line-up revealed for World Biogas Summit 2020

In its second year, the annual World Biogas Summit, has gathered an impressive line-up of speakers for the 2020 demonstrating the growing recognition of the role of biogas in achieving net zero.

The three-day conference, taking place online from 6th until 8th October 2020, is organised by the World Biogas Association (WBA) in partnership with the UK Anaerobic Digestion and Bioresources Association (ADBA).

It will welcome representatives from the UK Committee on Climate Change, the International Energy Agency, the World Bank, the Global Methane Initiative, the UN’s Climate Technology and Climate Network, SHV Energy, Greenlane Biogas, Gaz Reseau Distribution France, the UN Convention to Combat Desertification, Zero Waste Europe, the International Solid Waste Association,  the Canadian, American, South African and European biogas associations, among others.

Also joining the proceedings will be the former Agriculture Minister of France under President Francois Hollande, Stéphane Le Foll.

Headlining the Summit with keynote addresses will be:

  • Lord Deben, Chairman of the UK Committee on Climate Change
  • Keisude Sadamori, Director for Energy Markets and Security, International Energy Agency (IEA)
  • Stéphane Le Foll, Former French Agriculture Minister and now Mayor of Le Mans
    Bram Graber, CEO, SHV Energy

The 2020 Summit will also provide a preview of WBA’s next major report ‘Biogas – The Roadmap to 2030’, which will establish what needs to happen if the industry is to deliver its full potential over the next decade, including a 12% reduction in global emissions by 2030, and discuss how the industry can best contribute to achieving Net Zero; help restore soil health, and underpin city projects for low carbon urban development.

Another crucial topic will be how to finance the growth of the AD and biogas sector to fulfil this huge potential.

“We will be honoured to welcome such a calibre of speakers to what is only our second World Biogas Summit,” said WBA President David Newman.

“This follows from the success of the WBA’s World Biogas eFestival in May which also saw key players in both the political and business arena contribute their experience and expertise.

“Ahead of publishing our report on the roadmap that we need to follow to achieve the industry’s potential to reduce global GHG reductions by 12% by 2030, creating 12-15 million new green jobs in the process, their insights will be particularly opportune.”

Charlotte Morton, ADBA Chief Executive, added: “The line-up of such eminent speakers demonstrates the growing recognition of the significant role biogas has to play in the development of a global green economy, especially in the wake of the COVID-19 outbreak.

“We are very excited about this year’s Summit and look forward to hearing the views of these influential figures on such important topics as climate change, sustainable urban development, soil health and how to finance the establishment of a prosperous, Net Zero world.”

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