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PRESS RELEASE: International conference to set out benefits of biogas



  • International event will showcase regional biogas case studies
  • Conference to be opened by former EU Environment Commissioner Janez Potočnik
  • Biogas technologies “a major solution for sustainable development”


The World Biogas Association’s (WBA’s) 1st International Biogas Conference will convene in Athens, Greece on the 3rd and 4th May 2019.

The conference will examine and demonstrate the role of biogas in solving sustainability challenges for Greece and for cities, regions and nations around the world. Delegates and speakers will share knowledge and case studies, create synergies and partnerships, discover new markets and promote best practice. The event will bring together multidisciplinary viewpoints from companies, associations, governments, research bodies, academia and media to help biogas fulfil its full potential.

The conference will be opened by Dr Janez Potočnik, Co-Chair of the United Nations Environment Programme’s International Resource Panel. Dr Potočnik was previously European Commissioner for the Environment, where he played a central role in launching and pioneering the implementation of the circular economy and other sustainability policies.

WBA President David Newman said:

The biogas industry is evolving worldwide, but it requires policy implementation and financial support for it to thrive and mature. City, regional and national governments are in the process of establishing their climate change and sustainable development strategies. We have therefore reached a crucial moment to ensure biogas technologies get recognized as a major solution for sustainable development: I’m calling on you to join us at this conference to support our efforts in doing so.

The anaerobic digestion (AD) and biogas sector has the potential to grow into a prominent global industry. Biogas technology generates clean energy, reduces greenhouse gas emissions, restores soils, improves air quality, fosters energy security and recycles organic wastes. All these global trends are important to consider at local levels, such as in the recovering economy of Greece. Let’s all learn from each other so biogas can achieve its full potential everywhere.

The conference will focus on four thematic sections featuring acclaimed speakers from around the world. Although the focus of the conference will be the development of the biogas industry, speakers will also address wider issues related to waste management, research and innovation, and operational issues relating to biogas technologies.

WBA is the world trade association for biogas and anaerobic digestion (AD) and is dedicated to facilitating the adoption of biogas worldwide. It aims to support the rollout of global biogas technologies for the production of clean and renewable energy sources and to meet other global challenges such as clean air, healthy soils, and food and energy security.

The organization of the conference is being undertaken by ERA Ltd Congresses & Events, a PCO with long experience and know-how in the organization of successful conferences and events. For more information about the conference program, registrations and available sponsorship packages, visit the official website of the conference,, or contact the conference secretariat at|+30 2103634944



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