The WBA was created in November 2016 and as the first year anniversary approaches it is time to reflect upon what has been achieved and what our future will hold in store.
Thanks to the support of 21 Founding Members we were able to finance the first activities early in 2017. Members have continued to join and by the end of 2017 will be more than triple the original Founders.
We have set our goal as an association to become the voice of the biogas industry in the international arena. Having members globally reinforces the representativity of WBA and gives weight to the views we express.
The WBA has set it sights high, working with international entities such as the C40 Climate Leadership Initiative and speaking in conferences organised by the United Nations Environmental Programme and the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change. We have joined the UK Sustainable Development Network to help our outreach into these policies globally, and are taking part in many debates around sustainability and energy across the globe.
We have published and will continue to offer, insights into biogas development with our Country Reports that can be downloaded on this website, as well as insights into how biogas supports development policies. Our Factsheets are essential reading to help understand the role of our industry in the nexus between energy, food, health and the economy.
WBA held its first very successful annual exhibition and conference in July 2017 and will repeat that experience in July 2018 in the UK. Meanwhile other events have been organised by us, such as the December 2017 event on carbon pricing, in which we give some thought leadership around this complex issue and its relationship to resource management.
2018 will be a very busy year, with the publication of our global report on how cities can manage food waste and drive this resource into biogas treatment. This is expected in April 2018 and is being written in conjunction with C40. A conference in the Gulf is planned with our friends from Oman, and we will be attending events of our partners elsewhere too.
In 2018 many countries will be drawing up their Nationally Determined Commitments (NDCs) to reducing GHG emissions under the Climate Treaty agreed in Paris in 2016. These must be finalised by 2020. Similarly, countries are adopting the measures needed to achieve the 17 Sustainable Development Goals by 2030. Biogas can contribute to reaching at least 9 of these.
Biogas is not just about sustainability issues but also a viable energy source everywhere, due to the abundant bioresources available from farming, waste water, food waste and specialised cropping. By harnessing these, we can produce heat, gas, electricity and even chemicals in cities, towns and rural areas across the planet. Much has been done but the potential for growth is staggering, as population and consumption increase above all in the global south.
Our mission is clear: to raise the level of attention about biogas technologies across the globe and encourage the adoption of these as solutions to the challenges of our times.
I hope you will join us in realising this mission and I look forward to meeting you in the near future.