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Lord Deben, Chairman of the CCC, to open 2020 World Biogas Summit

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The World Biogas Summit 2020 will open on 6th October with a keynote address by the Rt. Hon John Gummer, Lord Deben, Chairman of the UK Committee on Climate Change (CCC).

Launched in 2019, hosted by the World Biogas Association (WBA) and supported by the UK’s Anaerobic Digestion and Bioresources Association (ADBA), the Summit provides the largest international platform on which to highlight the value of anaerobic digestion (AD) and biogas as solutions to the global challenges of organic waste management, food and energy security, as well as climate change – thus putting the industry at the heart of sustainable development around the world.

Taking place entirely online due to Covid-19 restrictions, the 2020 event will see the launch of the latest WBA report “Biogas: the roadmap to 2030“, which sets out the pathway for delivering the biogas industry’s potential to reduce global greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) by at least 12% by 2030. The Summit will also discuss how the industry can 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 fulfill its huge potential.

David Newman, WBA President, said:

“We are honoured to welcome Lord Deben to the World Biogas Summit 2020. In the build up to next year’s crucial COP26 in Glasgow, it will be particularly opportune to hear his insights into how the UK, as host nation, is addressing the climate emergency and taking a leadership role in meeting Paris Agreement targets. In 2020, our industry is presented with a unique opportunity, globally, to play its part not only in contributing to global decarbonization, but also in supporting a green recovery from Covid-19. This year’s Summit will be remarkably relevant and timely.”

Charlotte Morton, ADBA Chief Executive, said:

“Lord Deben has been a powerful voice on environmental issues in the UK for many years and especially on climate change. As one of the leading figures in the UK’s climate change agenda, he has been a guiding light in getting our industry to achieve the recognition that it deserves. Anaerobic digestion could deliver a 6% reduction in UK GHG emissions by 2030, and 12% globally, just by capturing and recycling through AD the organic wastes we humans produce, in the process creating 30,000 green jobs in the UK and 12-15 million worldwide. The Summit will explore how our sector can make its vital contribution to Net Zero and unlock its growth potential.”

The Summit is co-located with the World Biogas Expo, in which a Future Farming theatre, co-hosted by the NFU and CLA, will cover topics such as new technology for on-farm AD, diversifying farm incomes and digestates. Energy Now is a media partner to the event and looks forward to taking part. 

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