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US Congresswoman and World Bank lead World Biogas eFestival impressive speaker line-up

  • The virtual conference organised by the World Biogas Association (WBA) will take place from 18 until 21 May 2020
  • US Congresswoman Chellie Pingree and Marc Sadler, of the World Bank, will speak alongside representatives from leading international organisations including UNFCCC, UNEP, CACC, C40 Cities, CTCN, EBA, the Moroccan Ministry of Energy, the Sultanate of Oman, the Welsh Government and biogas industry leaders from around the world.
  • The online event will feature both global outlooks and regionally focused sessions, as well as facilities for virtual networking among speakers and delegates.
  • The content will contribute towards WBA’s work to develop a clear pathway for the delivery of the industry’s potential to reduce global greenhouse gases emissions by 12% by 2030.


The World Biogas eFestival (online, 18- 21 May 2020) launched by WBA to maintain the international dialogue amid worldwide Covid-19 lockdowns, will aim to highlight the use of biogas worldwide, understand the barriers preventing growth and policy contexts, identify potential solutions, discuss new innovations and address technological challenges and opportunities.

It will break into regionally focussed sessions, looking at industry developments and case studies from Europe, North and Latin America, the Middle East, Africa, Asia and the Pacific region, as well as address the global outlook for climate change mitigation, biomethane development and CO2 capture and valorisation.

The sharing of expertise and case studies will assist WBA in establishing a roadmap towards delivering the biogas industry’s potential to reduce global greenhouse gases emissions by 12% by 2030 – with the subsequent WBA report, “Pathways to 2030”, scheduled for publication later in the year.

Confirmed speakers include:
Chellie Pingree, Congresswoman (D, Maine), United States House of Representatives
Marc Sadler, the World Bank
UNFCCC representative (yet to be named)
Janez Potocnik, former EU Commissioner, Vice Chair of UNEP Resource Council
Ricardo Cepeda-Márquez, C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group
Sandra Mazo-Nix, Climate & Clean Air Coalition (CCAC) Secretariat
Tomoo Machiba, Deputy Director, UN Climate Technology Centre & Network (CTCN)
Mohamed Bernannou, Adviser to the Minister of Energy, Kingdom of Morocco
Suad Said Al Hosni, Sultanate of Oman
Dr Andy Rees OBE, Welsh Government
Harmen Dekker, European Biogas Association
Alberto Borello, Southern African Biogas Industry Association
Chris Maloney, Eisenmann Corporation
Rebecca Groen, SHV Energy
Rafael González, Cibiogas
and many more…

View the full programme and list of speakers here.

For more information, contact:
Jocelyne Bia, e: ; tel: +44 (0)7910 878510

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Notes to editors

  • The 12% greenhouse gases reduction potential of biogas was established in the WBA Global Potential of Biogas report of 2019, and the commitment to deliver on it set out in a Biogas Industry and Climate Change Commitment Declaration signed by major biogas corporations and presented to the UN at COP25.
  • Launched at COP22 in Marrakesh in 2016, the World Biogas Association is the global trade association for the biogas, landfill gas and anaerobic digestion (AD) sectors, and is dedicated to facilitating the adoption of biogas globally. It believes that the global adoption of biogas technologies is a multi-faceted opportunity to produce clean, renewable energy while resolving global issues related to development, public health and economic growth. @wbatweets
  • The biogas industry captures emissions from organic wastes and turns them into energy for diverse end-uses such as electricity and biomethane for heat and transport. Biogas production also generates environmentally friendly solutions for soil fertilisation. The industry can therefore help to speed up the shift away from fossil fuels towards a zero-carbon economy and a sustainable agriculture.
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