Rebrand of the UK biogas tradeshow reflects the industry’s global dimension growth
- UK AD and World Biogas Expo becomes “the World Biogas Expo, hosted by ADBA and WBA“
- Name change to reflect the UK’s hosting of the pivotal COP26 Summit, the essential role of AD in meeting Net Zero, and the beginning of the “Decade of Action” on climate change
- UK opportunity to showcase its own commitment to biogas and engage with an international audience
For the last three years, the UK Anaerobic Digestion and Bioresources Association (ADBA) has been working alongside the World Biogas Association (WBA) to organise the sector’s largest annual tradeshow dedicated to anaerobic digestion and biogas – the UK AD and World Biogas Expo, taking place annually in Birmingham, UK, helping to showcase its huge potential.
In December, at the 2019 ADBA National Conference in London, the industry received critical support from Chris Stark, CEO of the UK Committee on Climate Change. “The role of AD and biogas in the next decade is pivotal, and without it, we won’t reach our Net Zero goal by 2050” he said. “If we don’t set a course for AD in the next 12 months, the next decade looks impossible and the next century looks ropy.”
The period 2020-2030 has been named the Decade of Action by the UN, and the UK is intent on playing a critical role in making this happen in the year it hosts the COP26 Climate Change Meeting in Glasgow in November. A global effort is required to cap our emissions by 2030 – with each country delivering on its full decarbonisation capability – and the UK has to lead by example. Given the industry’s potential to reduce global emissions by over 12% using technology that exists today, the next 10 years need to be the ‘biogas decade’.
To reflect the huge global potential of this technology, and encourage its worldwide adoption, ADBA and WBA have decided to rename the annual tradeshow “the World Biogas Expo, hosted by ADBA and WBA” from the 2020 edition onwards. This aligns the event with the co-located World Biogas Summit, also hosted by ADBA and WBA.
Charlotte Morton, ADBA Chief Executive, explains: “The UK is already reducing its emissions through AD by 1% but has a further 5% still to come. By simply capturing and recycling all society’s organic wastes through AD worldwide, we can reduce global emissions by over 12% within a decade. We urgently need every country to deliver Nationally Determined Contributions which are ambitious enough to cap emissions within 10 years – something which cannot be achieved without AD. Given the significance of COP26 in November, and of AD’s role, we need to demonstrate the vital contribution biogas makes. This is therefore the year to raise the profile of our expo, demonstrating the UK’s commitment to making the most of biogas to achieve Net Zero, through on-farm AD, food waste collections, biomethane in heat and transport. “
David Newman, WBA President, added: “ADBA, as the UK trade association, has been particularly active in stimulating the growth of AD in Britain over the years. With the global industry growing steadily too, the World Biogas Expo will provide a platform for national associations and companies from around the world to connect with each other and coordinate efforts to deploy AD and biogas on a truly global scale. We must all work together to deliver on this as a matter of urgency. The change in the name of the tradeshow signals this renewed and welcome impetus to rally round key international players and to fulfil the UN’s Decade of Action remit.”
Registration for the World Biogas Expo 2020, hosted by ADBA and WBA, will open in mid-February.
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Notes to editors:
• The Anaerobic Digestion and Bioresources Association (ADBA) is the trade association for the UK anaerobic digestion (AD) and biogas industry. ADBA’s vision is to see the full potential of the UK AD industry realised so it can help the UK achieve its emissions targets and other policy goals, creating a truly circular economy. www.abioresources.org @adbioresources
• 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. www.worldbiogasassociation.org @wbatweets