A global body to support and be an advocate for the biogas industry has been established at the United Nations Convention on Climate Change COP 22 event in Morocco.
The World Biogas Association (WBA) was set up in response to the UN adopting a series of sustainable development goals at the previous climate change meeting, COP21, in December 2015.
The founders, which include the UK’s Anaerobic Digestion & Bioresources Association (ADBA), say the WBA will reinforce the contribution made by the biogas and anaerobic digestion (AD) industries to sustainability goals.
The WBA’s role will be to demonstrate the role that AD and biogas can play towards reducing global greenhouse gas emissions by around 20% by fuelling vehicles, and reducing and recycling food waste.
WBA president David Newman 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 part of the circular economy, recovering energy and nutrients otherwise lost. We are part of the bio-economy, delivering feedstocks to potential new industries, through green chemistry.
“We are part of the emancipation of communities detached from electric and gas grids, giving them energy autonomy. 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.”
ADBA chief executive Charlotte Morton (pictured) said biogas would become a cheaper energy source than coal.
“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.”