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World Biogas Association launched during COP22

A new global voice for biogas, the World Biogas Association (WBA) has been launched at the United Nations Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) COP 22 at Marrakesh, Morocco. The WBA is dedicated to supporting the growth of biogas and anaerobic digestion technologies to maximise their contribution to the UNFCCC Commitments and the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals.Founder members include biogas trade bodies and companies from the US and Europe.

The World Biogas Association (WBA), a new global umbrella trade organisation for biogas and anaerobic digestion (AD) technologies, has been launched at the United Nations Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) COP 22 at Marrakesh, Morocco. Founder members include the Italian Compost and Biogas Consortium (CIC), the UK’s Anaerobic Digestion and Bioresources Association (ADBA), the American Biogas Council (ABC) and HRS Heat Exchangers.

According to a statement, the founders have established the World Biogas Association (WBA) to demonstrate the huge contribution the biogas and anaerobic digestion (AD) industries make towards the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDG’s) and the global climate agreement target and to facilitate the adoption of these technologies globally. Companies, associations, universities, professionals and other organisations are invited to be part of the biggest global community demonstrating and delivering the value that anaerobic digestion and biogas contribute across all sectors by:

·         reducing global greenhouse gas emissions by around 20 percent

·         delivering flexible, storable baseload green gas

·         fuelling HGVs, buses, tractors and other vehicles

·         reducing and recycling food waste

·         recycling sewage and waste water

·         returning carbon to the farm

·         keeping farmers farming sustainably

·         restoring depleted soils

·         providing energy and biofertiliser to communities and villages in developing countries

·         reducing poverty and hunger.

Joining the WBA as founding members, Massimo Centemero, Managing Director of the Italian Compost and Biogas Consortium (CIC), said that the association has “always been a leader” in source separated biowaste collection and recycling.

– We fully support the aim of the World Biogas Association to increase biowaste recycling globally, which can make a huge contribution to meeting each country’s Climate Change Commitments, said Centemero.

Charlotte Morton, Chief Executive of the UK’s Anaerobic Digestion and Bioresources Association (ADBA) here speaking at the European Biogas Association (EBA) conference in September 2016.

Charlotte Morton, Chief Executive of the UK’s Anaerobic Digestion and Bioresources Association (ADBA) here speaking at the European Biogas Association (EBA) conference in September 2016.

– The establishment of the WBA will help showcase AD’s ability to meet a huge range of global challenges, and ADBA is delighted to be a founder member of the association. Biogas is set to become a cheaper energy source than coal, and AD should become one of the leading technologies for mitigating climate change, improving sanitation, ensuring energy and food security and reducing poverty and hunger, said Charlotte Morton, Chief Executive of the UK’s Anaerobic Digestion and Bioresources Association (ADBA).

– It’s an honour to be a founder member of the WBA Advisory Board. Using our global reach and expertise, HRS is well placed to help the WBA develop a worldwide AD community which will see the international biogas industry realise its potential value of GBP 1 trillion, commented Matt Hale, International Sales Manager of HRS Heat Exchangers.

Patrick Serfass, Executive Director of the American Biogas Council (ABC) seen here speaking at the UK AD & Biogas event in July 2016.

Patrick Serfass, Executive Director of the American Biogas Council (ABC) seen here speaking at the UK AD & Biogas event in July 2016.

– The World Biogas Association will provide an international forum for sharing best practices so we can accelerate the growth of the global biogas industry. The American Biogas Council is delighted to become a founding member; I look forward to working towards our shared objectives, said Patrick Serfass, Executive Director of the American Biogas Council (ABC).

No time to lose

– I am delighted to see this global perspective from the biogas industry. The potential to provide energy security by transforming the millions of tonnes of organic wastes which today are largely unused, is a huge potential indeed. We are part of the Circular Economy, recovering energy and nutrients otherwise lost. We are part of the Bio Economy, delivering feedstocks to potential new industries, through Green Chemistry. We are part of the emancipation of communities detached from electric and gas grids, giving them energy autonomy. We are an ingredient of sustainability, delivering nutrients and renewable energy to the planet. And we have no time to lose to make this happen on a global scale, said David Newman, President of WBA at the launch of the association.

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