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Energy Now announces media partnership with WBA’s World Biogas Summit 2021

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Now in its third year, the World Biogas Summit is the only international thought-leadership event solely dedicated to the anaerobic digestion (AD) and biogas industry, and Energy Now is pleased to be a media partner!

Organised by the World Biogas Association (WBA), it brings together industry leaders, policy makers other agenda-setting speakers from around the world to discuss the role of AD and biogas in addressing climate change and other global environmental and societal challenges.

Past events welcomed UNFCCC Manager Niclas Svenningsen, former French Agriculture Minister and now Mayor of Le Mans Stéphane Le Foll, US Congresswoman Chellie Pingree, International Energy Agency Deputy Executive Director Keisuke Samadori, representatives from the World Bank, IPCC, UK Department for International Trade, Nestle, Arla, Amaresco, and many others.

This year’s event, in the build up to COP26, will focus on how AD and biogas can help reduce global methane and other greenhouse gases (GHG) emissions, and the need to capture and recycle the 105bn tonnes of organic wastes generated by human activity every year to do so. Treating this waste through AD would enable the industry to deliver over 10% reductions in global GHG emissions annually by 2030. AD and biogas are also recognised to contribute towards nine of the 17 UN Sustainable Development Goals.

Charlotte Morton, Chief Executive, WBA, said:

“Energy Now is an influential media outlet for the development of renewable energy in the UK’s countryside and we are therefore delighted to secure this media partnership with them to help promote the take up of AD in the farming sector.

“Not only is the biogas industry growing rapidly in the UK, but it is also doing so worldwide ; as the UK prepares to host COP26, there are exciting new opportunities to grasp and challenges to explore and overcome together. We hope the Summit will provide important answers for all industry stakeholders, both in Britain and overseas.”

Energy Now publisher David Jacobmeyer said:

“We are delighted to be media partners to the World Biogas Summit 2021 and look forward to hearing from the experts involved as to the role AD and Biogas can play in the fight against climate change.

Farming and AD form the perfect partnership, with one providing essential ingredients such as feedstocks, land and a market for the digestate, and the other energy, environmental and soil management benefits.

As the only media exclusively focussed on the development of renewable energy systems within the agricultural community, we see a great synergy with the WBA and look forward to taking part in the Summit”.

The 2021 Summit will be about how to turn organic wastes into a valuable resource; how to efficiently capture them, recover the gases and nutrients they contain and recycle them in the form of clean energy and natural fertilisers – achieving GHG emissions savings, displacing fossil-based equivalents, restoring soil health and helping reduce the carbon footprint of hard-to-decarbonise sectors such as heat, transport, agriculture and waste management – and thus contributing to countries meeting their Net Zero targets.

Confirmed speakers include:

  • Keisuke Sadamori, Acting Deputy Executive Director, International Energy Agency.
  • Drew Shindell, Special Representative for Action on Methane, Climate & Clean Air Coalition
  • Chris Maloney, President, Integrated Biogas Alliance & Global Head of Renewables, Zenviro Tech (USA).
  • Andrew Griffiths, Head of Value Chain Sustainability, Nestlé UK&I
  • Rich Clothier, Managing Director, Wyke Farms
  • Seán Finan, CEO, Irish BioEnergy Association

A dedicated session looking at models for a just rural transition will feature:

  • Thomas Minter, Managing Director, Malaby Biogas AD (UK and Ghana)
  • Rudi Roeslein, Founder and CEO of Roeslein Alternative Energy
  • Dr John Afari Idan, Chief Executive Officer at Biogas Technologies West Africa and former UNEP Team Leader on biofuels
  • Jo Clayton, Director and Imogen Ellis, Consultant, QUBE Renewables (India and Kenya)
  • Erik van den Bergh, Managing director, & Marc van Oers, Director of Innovations, Van Iperen (Europe).

Also, in conversation with WBA CEO Charlotte Morton will be John Hanselman, founder and CEO, Vanguard Renewables, who has blazed a trail in forging strategic alliances with farm associations, utilities and the food industry, including Starbucks and Unilever. 

For more information and details on how to register visit www.world-biogas-summit.com

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