Topics at a Glance
With targeted investment in research and innovation, the biogas industry could reduce global emissions by 20%, generate renewable energy as cheaply as coal and at a scale bigger than nuclear, whilst contributing to many of the UN Sustainable Development Goals. The first commercially successful demonstrator of the circular economy, biogas should be in every country’s energy, climate change, agriculture, waste management and transport strategies – and at the heart of the Smart Cities of the future. With the global market estimated to be worth £1trn this is the event to find out why.
Energy Security: generating baseload reliable energy from local plants, biogas can be the solution in many countries without secure energy supplies.
Solving the Global Food Waste Problem: if food loss and waste were a country it would be the third largest greenhouse gas emitter after the USA and China. Biogas – with its necessary separate food waste collection systems – is the only solution that reduces waste, recycles the nutrients and organic matter back to land and recovers energy from this valuable resource. Find out how to establish the food waste collection infrastructure, and the policies needed to attract investment to build biogas plants.
Biogas, Agriculture and Desertification: Biogas supports farming, restores our soils and combats desertification. Reducing energy, pesticide, herbicide and fertiliser input costs, decarbonising and diversifying farming to mitigate the impact of global commodity price fluctuations, AD helps keep farmers farming, improves our food security, helps tackle disease and restores degraded land.
Wastewater and Sewage: The anaerobic digestion of biosolids promotes a sanitary and hygienic environment by providing decentralised and local treatment of these wastes. This helps in the prevention of bacterial infections, diarrhoeal diseases like cholera, trachoma, schistosomiasis and hepatitis, as well as generating renewable energy and biofertiliser.
Biomethane: plays a unique role decarbonising gas grids around the world, without requiring any technology changes for gas consumers. Find out the latest technologies and market opportunities.
Transport: using biomethane in Heavy Goods Vehicles delivers huge carbon savings and is the only realistic option to make progress by 2030. With the transport sector making up 14% of emissions worldwide this presents significant growth opportunities for AD.
Landfill gas: In rapidly developing countries landfill gas offers a cost – effective solution to reducing the impact of landfill disposal, providing clean and continuous energy and abating uncontrolled methane emissions which are damaging to nearby communities as well as the neighbouring environment.
UK Market: Government support for new plants is changing but with AD able to reduce UK greenhouse gas emissions by 4% we need to set out our position on what is the best use of biogas over the short, medium and long term. Sending inedible food waste to AD remains a key industry ask and AD also has an important role to play on farms with changes coming to the Common Agricultural Policy.
Best practice, Health & Safety and Training: as the global biogas industry grows, operating using best practice, managing health & safety risks and ensuring all staff are appropriately trained is essential.
Performance and Operations: maximising performance is essential to deliver a return on investment, including loving your bugs, collecting and monitoring performance data, learning how to improve your biogas yield, speed up the process, use the best pre-treatments, prevent failure.