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Biogas industry responds to the 50th Davos Meeting

The World Economic Forum Annual Meeting in Davos brings together leaders of global society to discuss pressing international issues. Stakeholders for a Cohesive and Sustainable World is the theme of this year’s 50th Davos four-day meeting, which opened on Tuesday (21 January). As the significant carbon footprint of such a luxurious event to reunite the global elite is so at odds with its scope, the gathering was made carbon neutral by investing in carbon offsetting projects. Biogas for Greener Farms was one of the beneficiaries. This micro-AD focused project, aimed at decarbonising manure management in Switzerland, is saving over 8,500 tonnes of CO2 annually. See full story here.

Responding to the 50th Annual Meeting in Davos and its investment in this biogas project, Charlotte Morton, Chief Executive of the World Biogas Association (WBA), said: “WBA welcomes the support that this year’s Davos meeting has given to the Biogas for Greener Farms project in Switzerland.

“The project is an excellent example of how anaerobic digestion allows farmers to capture the harmful methane emissions from their manures, slurries and other organic wastes and recycle them into green energy and natural fertilisers, at the same time improving their crop yields and the commercial viability of their farming business overall.

“The 50th Davos meeting calls on corporations and governments to raise their ambitions for climate action. WBA calls on the global elite to wake up to the huge opportunity they have to capture the emissions from all the organic wastes we humans and our farm animals generate and recycle them through biogas to reduce global greenhouse gas emissions by at least 12% , as well as creating millions of green jobs around the world and improving our food and energy security. With action taken now, the biogas industry could deliver this reduction by 2030.”

At COP25 in Madrid in December 2019, the WBA presented its Biogas Industry and Climate Change Commitment Declaration to the UNFCCC. This Declaration, signed by the largest global operators in our sector, committed the industry, subject to the right policies being in place, to investing in the construction of millions of biogas plants to deliver its 12% potential. The WBA is currently sending letters to environment ministers around the globe asking them to support the Declaration and introduce the policies needed to boost biogas production and unleash the industry’s full potential as soon as possible.


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