World Biogas Summit and Expo 2020 to be held as a virtual event only
The organisers of the annual World Biogas Summit and World Biogas Expo 2020 (formerly known as the UK AD and World Biogas Expo) – the Anaerobic Digestion and Bioresources Association (ADBA) and World Biogas Association (WBA) – have announced that this year’s co-located events, originally slated to take place in July and rescheduled to take place at the NEC in Birmingham, UK in October, will now be held entirely online on October 6-8, 2020.
Using a powerful virtual platform, the World Biogas Summit and Expo taking place from October 6 – 8, 2020, will ensure the global biogas community remains connected despite the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic restrictions and seizes the unique opportunities that the green recovery and climate change agendas represent for the industry. They will be free to attend for delegates.
The biogas trade associations also revealed that once the health and safety constraints which have forced them to cancel this year’s NEC Birmingham in-real-life event are lifted, they will introduce a new hybrid physical/virtual set-up as the standard design to future editions.
Something we’ve all learnt from the tragedy of the pandemic is that it is now possible to connect with each other wherever we are in the world and that we can carry on working and communicating effectively without the need to travel long distances. Whilst the virtual 2020 World Biogas Summit and Expo will ensure our sector continues to thrive, the launch of the hybrid format in 2021 will represent a new milestone in energizing the industry, ahead of COP26, bringing an unprecedented number of local and international organisations and leaders from around the world to the table, said Charlotte Morton, ADBA Chief Executive.
According to a statement, ADBA and WBA’s objective is to support face-to-face trade, whilst simultaneously removing all geographical barriers to dialogue within the national and international biogas networks – enabling participants to gain totally unrestricted access to experience, expertise and innovation in the format of their choice.
Most importantly, it will also demonstrate ADBA’s and WBA’s determination to reduce the carbon footprint of their own activities and contribute to the Net Zero targets set by governments, companies, and industries around the world.
The three-day event will culminate on October 8, 2020, with an online ceremony to announce the winners of the 2020 AD & Biogas Industry Awards.
There are currently two top priorities for world governments: the short-term need to recover from the economic recession caused by the coronavirus pandemic, with calls from all strata of society for that recovery to be green; and the long-term, ongoing need to address climate change and develop a sustainable circular economy for this and generations to come. By setting up an online event this year, and a hybrid platform from 2021 onwards, we want to make sure that the sector is able to showcase the contribution the anaerobic digestion and biogas technologies can make, and develop the business partnerships necessary to fulfill the industry’s potential to reduce global greenhouse gas emissions by 12 percent by 2030, said David Newman, WBA President.