The virtual World Biogas eFestival conference organised by the World Biogas Association (WBA) will take place from 18 until 21 May 2020 and will feature Rep. Chellie Pingree, D-Maine, and Marc Sadler, of the World Bank alongside representatives from leading international organisations.
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Organisations having a presence at the e-conference will include UNFCCC, UNEP, CACC, C40 Cities, CTCN, EBA, the Moroccan Ministry of Energy, the Sultanate of Oman and the Welsh Government. The online event will also feature biogas industry leaders from around the world. It will consist of 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 percent by 2030.
The event will aim to maintain the international dialogue amid worldwide Covid-19 lockdowns, and 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 percent 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