MARARKESH, Morocco – A new global association has been set up to help drive the global anaerobic digestion (AD) and biogas industries forward.
Launched at the United Nations Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) taking place this week in Marrakesh, the World Biogas Association (WBA) has been set up to help with the adoption of AD/biogas technologies.
The association invited companies, associations, universities, professionals and other organisations to be part of what it called the “biggest global community”.
One of the aims of WBA is to demonstrate how AD and biogas can be used to help reduce global greenhouse emissions by around 20%, as well as recycling wastewater.
Leading the new association, David Newman, former president of the International Solid Waste Association (ISWA), said: “The potential to provide energy security by transforming the millions of tonnes of organic wastes which today are largely unused, is a huge potential indeed…We are an ingredient of sustainability, delivering nutrients and renewable energy to the planet. And we have no time to lose to make this happen on a global scale.”
Joining the WBA as founding members, Massimo Centemero, managing director of the Italian Compost and Biogas Consortium (CIC), said: “The Italian Compost and Biogas Consortium, the Italian Association representing the producers of compost and biogas from biowaste has always been a leader in source separated biowaste collection and recycling. We fully support the aim of the World Biogas Association to increase biowaste recycling globally, which can make a huge contribution to meeting each country’s Climate Change Commitments.”
Charlotte Morton, the chief executive of the UK’s Anaerobic Digestion and Bioresources Association (ADBA), said: “Demonstrating the international potential of our technology helps us make the case for national support. The UK could be a global leader in what could become a £1 trillion biogas industry, exporting expertise and equipment worth billions of pounds and creating tens of thousands of jobs.”