WBA’s Exhibiting at COP27
The World Biogas Association will have a Stand Number 22 in the Blue Zone of COP27 (14th -17th November), where we will advocate a future where organic wastes are seen as resources and biogas is a key component of the energy transition. We will co-exhibit with the Centre for Clean Air Policy (CCAP).
A recognized world leader in climate policy and action, CCAP creates innovative, replicable climate solutions, strengthens capacities, and promotes best practices across the local, national, and international levels to accelerate the transition to a net-zero, climate resilient future.
WBA’s Event Co-hosting
Methane from the Waste Sector: Opportunities and Challenges to Deliver the Global Methane Pledge
The World Biogas Association and the Global Alliance for Incinerator Alternatives (GAIA) will be co-hosting an official event at COP27 taking place in Sharm-el-Sheik, Egypt. The panel discussion will take place on Thursday, 17 Nov 2022, 16:45—18:15 local time, in Thutmose in the Blue Zone of COP27.
GAIA is a worldwide alliance of more than 800 grassroots groups, non-governmental organizations, and individuals in over 90 countries. With our work we aim to catalyze a global shift towards environmental justice by strengthening grassroots social movements that advance solutions to waste and pollution. We envision a just, zero waste world built on respect for ecological limits and community rights, where people are free from the burden of toxic pollution, and resources are sustainably conserved, not burned or dumped.
About the Event
The international community has recognised that reducing emissions of methane –a short-lived greenhouse gas over 80 times as potent as CO2 when released into the atmosphere – is critical to achieving the Paris Climate Agreement. At last year’s COP, over one hundred countries signed up to the Global Methane Pledge (GMP) to reduce global methane emissions by at least 30% from 2020 levels by 2030. These countries need to find affordable, effective solutions to reach their goals.
The waste sector is the third largest source of methane emissions, primarily due to organic waste being left to rot in landfills. The simple and proven strategy of separately collecting organic wastes and either composting them or recycling them into biogas and biofertilisers through anaerobic digestion would enable countries to cut methane emissions from waste by up to 96% and help deliver the GMP.
In this panel discussion speakers from government, advocacy, and climate finance will highlight the importance of reducing methane emissions from the waste sector and explore different solutions and their regional contexts. The panel will include representatives from the Global Methane Hub, Accra city government (Ghana), Pesticide Action Network, Instituto Pólis (Brazil), Minneapolis Environmental Justice Table (USA), GAIA, and WBA.
The session will discuss the key ingredients needed in the public sector to achieve successful organic waste prevention, separate collections, and treatment through biogas and/or composting as affordable, effective solutions critical to achieving the GMP, while building climate resilience and flourishing local economies.
Climate Program Director
Circular Economy Program Director and Americas Regional Lead
Global Methane Hub
Charlotte Morton OBE
World Biogas Association
Africa Program Coordinator
Municipal Coordinating Director
La Dade Kotopon Municipal Assembly (LaDMA)
Davo Simplice Vodouhe
L’Organisation Béninoise pour la Promotion de l’Agriculture Biologique (OBEPAB)
Victor H. Argentino de M. Vieira
Zero Waste Advisor and Researcher
Minneapolis Environmental Justice Table
16:45 – 16:50 Welcome, Mariel Vilella, Climate Program Director, GAIA.
16:50 – 16:55 Why is Methane Important? Carolina Urmeneta, Circular Economy Program Director, and Americas Regional Lead, Global Methane Hub.
16:55 – 17:00 The Role of Organics Management, Mariel Vilella, Climate Program Director, GAIA.
17:00 – 17:05 Biogas: Turning Methane Into Energy, Charlotte Morton OBE, Chief Executive, World Biogas Association.
17:05 – 17:10 Biogas in Practice, Robert Dysiewicz, Global Innovation Leader – Future Energy, Director, GHD.
17:10 – 17:15 Working with City Government Towards Methane Reduction – Ghana, Desmond Alugnoa, Africa Program Coordinator, GAIA Africa.
17:15 – 17:20 Managing Organics: Impacts on Community and Environment, Daniel Nkrumah, Municipal Coordinating Director, La Dade Kotopon Municipal Assembly (LaDMA).
17:20 – 17:25 Organics Management and Agroecology Action, Davo Simplice Vodouhe, Coordinator, L’Organisation Béninoise pour la Promotion de l’Agriculture Biologique (OBEPAB).
17:25 – 17:30 Community Action towards Zero Waste, Victor H. Argentino de M. Vieira, Zero Waste Advisor and Researcher, Instituto Pólis.
17:30 – 17:35 Methane and Justice, Nazir Khan, Campaign Director, Minneapolis Environmental Justice Table.
17:35 – 18:15 Discussion/Q+A.
Event co-host partner