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DAY 1 June 15

All timings BST

Doors open – 09:30

10:00 – 10:15

Welcome and Overview of the Global Anaerobic Digestion and Biogas Industry Charlotte Morton, Chief Executive, World Biogas Association

10:15 – 10:45

Keynote: Rick Duke, Senior Director and White House Liaison for the Special Presidential Envoy for Climate John Kerry and co-chairman of the Climate & Clean Air Coalition.


Rick Duke was a key player in the delivery of the Kigali Agreement to outlaw hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs), highly potent greenhouse gases that have a global warming potential 1000’s of times that of carbon dioxide (CO2). Now he is turning his attention to tackling global methane emissions, which the CCAC said in its Global Methane Assessment is the “most immediate and cost-efficient” way to deliver on the Paris Agreement, with AD and biogas identified as one of the principal, low-cost technologies, that can deliver this.

10:45 – 11:00

Keynote: H.E. Hadjia Samira Bawumia, Second Lady, Ghana, Ambassador of Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves and UN Ambassador for SDG 7.


Four million people die prematurely from illnesses related to short-live climate pollutants and household air pollution, with rural communities in Africa being particularly affected. Aligning with agendas on the green revolution, access to energy and education of the girls child, AD has a key role to play in emerging economies. (HE Bawumia will join the following panel).

11:00 – 11:50

Methane action plans


Tackling methane emissions caused by human activity is the most ‘immediate and cost-effective’ way to deliver the Paris Agreement target to keep global warming below 2°C, ideally 1.5°C. This expert panel will consider the mechanisms being developed to deliver the global methane pledge across waste management and farming systems.

Clifford Rechtschaffen, Commissioner, California Public Utilities Commission

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The California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) at the end of February approved biomethane procurement targets for utilities in a bid to meet the broader goal of reducing methane and other short-lived climate pollutants by 40% by the end of the decade. Mr Rechtschaffen will speak to how this will be achieved.

Pamela Franklin, Chief of Non CO2 Programs Branch, US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

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Presenting the US Methane Emissions Reductions Action Plan.

Martina Otto, Head of the CCAC Secretariat, Climate and Clean Air Coalition (CCAC)

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Presenting CCAC’s plans and role in supporting signatories of the Global Methane Pledge.

Carolina Urmeneta, Circular Economy Program Director, and Americas Regional Lead for The Global Methane Hub

H.E. Hadjia Samira Bawumia, Second Lady, Ghana, Ambassador of Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves and UN Ambassador for SDG 7.

12:00 – 13:00

Biogas, Energy and Food Security


Skyrocketing energy prices have led to warnings of a global fertiliser shortage, resulting in a food and farming crisis. Famine, warns the CEO of Yara, the world’s largest fertiliser producer. Agro-economics and agro-ecology favour a transition to anaerobic digestion and biogas, as its outputs address both energy and food security needs. This expert panel will consider what the changing economic outlook means for the costs and climate benefits of deployment.

(Chair) Amaya Arias-Garcia, Innovation and Renewable Gas, Nortegas

Prof Mark Sutton UK Centre for Ecology & Hydrology and Honorary Professor, University of Edinburgh, School of Geosciences

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Bioenergy and the nitrogen cycle.

Irini Maltsoglou, Natural Resource Officer, Deputy Energy Team Leader, UN FAO The Bioenergy and Food Security (BEFS) Approach

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The approach promotes food and energy security and contributes to agricultural and rural development.

Henry du Val de Beaulieu, Director, Yelspa Ltd / Apsley Farms 

Joseph Oliver, Managing Director and Co-Founder, Delorean Corporation

13:00 – 14:30

Lunch Break

14:30 – 15:00

Keynote: Frans Timmermans, VP European Commission – the EU methane strategy and alignment with the Green Deal, Fit for 55 and European Trading Scheme.

15:00 – 16:00

Biomethane: Driving the Transport & Industrial Revolution


Hexagon Agility: Shippers and logistics fleets like UPS and FedEx, refuse companies and public transport systems are increasingly converting their fleets to biomethane / renewable natural gas to take advantage of this low-cost fuel, while reducing Scope 1-3 emissions and air pollution. Virtual mobile pipelines also make it a viable alternative for diesel and gasoline for off-grid industrial clusters and communities. Tech-agnostic Hexagon Agility present a roadmap to net zero in the heavy good vehicles transport and industrial sectors.

Filippo Munna, Sales Director Mobile Pipeline®, Hexagon Agility

David Kailbourne, CEO, REV LNG

Johan Wideman, VD / CEO, Processkontroll Green Technology

John Baldwin, Managing Director, CNG Services

16:00 – 17:00

Biogas and the Food Waste Management Revolution


Food waste is one of the largest emitters of methane – a more ferocious greenhouse gas than CO2 by a factor of 86. But how do you maximise the capture of such wastes. Recovering resources from waste streams will have an increasingly significant role to play in the energy transition. As the UK and EU introduce compulsory separate food waste collections in 2023 and the US at Federal and State level develops food waste recycling systems, this expert panel considers best practice, how to go from zero interest to zero waste (after all avenues of redistribution have been exhausted) and innovative technologies that offer game changing economies of delivery.

(Chair) Dr Richard Swannell, International Director, WRAP

Dr Dominic Hogg, Director, Equanimator

Patrick Serfass, Executive Director, American Biogas Council

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How the legislative landscape is changing and the rapidly emerging opportunities for food waste AD in the US.

Kunal Shah, MD Sales, Anaergia

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Most of the world’s food waste occurs in Southeast Asia, making AD not only the ideal solution but the most efficient technology. What are the challenges to deploying this ready-made solution.

Simone Orsi, Marketing, Amsa S.p.A

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Milan has the most successful food waste recovery in the world – opportunity, challenges and benefits.

Pawel Kisielewski, CEO & Founder, CCm Technologies

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One of the biggest barriers to urban biogas has been digestate. CCm’s technology rewrites the cost equation.

Oshik Efrati, CEO & Founder, Homebiogas

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Famed for its iconic backyard biogas, HomeBiogas has developed a circular solution primarily for the hospitality sector but also schools, hospitals and universities.


Day 1 close

DAY 2 June 16

All timings BST

Doors open – 09:30

10:00 – 10:10

Welcome and Overview of Day 1 and Preview of Day 2

Charlotte Morton, Chief Executive, World Biogas Association

10:10 – 10:45

Keynote: Dolf Gielen, Director, IRENA Innovation and Technology Centre – Biomethane and the gas crunch


Why it’s time to factor in volatility and externalities to reveal the true cost of biomethane.

10:45 – 11:15

Keynote: TBA


(Introduced by WBA Chief Executive Charlotte Morton).

11:15 – 12:15

Biogas: bridging the climate-energy finance gap


As we enter a pivotal decade for delivery of climate action and the UN SDGs against a background of Covid recovery, how do we mobilise finance toward biomethane and integrated clean energy transitions.  This expert panel will assess how big a role these gases can play in the transformation of the global energy system, where the opportunities and potential pitfalls lie, and what policy makers and industry can do to support sustainable growth in this sector.

Dr Peter Zeniewski, Lead Gas Analyst for the World Energy Outlook, International Energy Agency (IEA)

Gary Greenblatt, Senior Managing Director and Co-Head of Marathon Capital’s New York City office

Wim J. van Nes, Global Technical Advisor Energy, SNV Netherlands Development Organisation

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Financing biodigesters as climate relevant technology in emerging countries.

K R Raghunath, MD, KIS Group

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Asian perspective on benefits from biomethane & avoiding gas crunch. (The abstract of the topic will be shared soon.)

Chris Maloney, CEO / President, Entsorga / Integrated Biogas Alliance

12:15 – 14:00

Lunch Break

14:00 – 15:15

Biogas 2030: Snapshots of Tomorrow


Carbon capture, green hydrogen, P2G, shipping and aviation fuel, biomethane’s potential to align with Net Zero Policy goals across a raft of hard to decarbonise sectors is massive. This session will consider the future role of AD and biogas in the energy transition.

(Chair) Dr Keith Simons, Principal Scientist, SHV Energy & Chairman of the Policy, Innovation and Technical Committee, WBA

Olivier Guerrini, VP Biogas BU, TotalEnergies

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The role of biomethane in the energy transition.

Alex Marshall, Group Business Development and Marketing Director – US, Clarke Energy

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From the development of micro grids and alignment with green hydrogen, advances in upgrading and CHP performance will make biogas an integral part of all countries’ energy infrastructure.

Daniele Molognoni PhD, Senior Researcher Energy & Engineering Department, LEITAT Technology Centre / Donnie MacMillian, COO, Robinsons – (co presenting)

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The development of net zero islands (physical – Highlands, Eigeroy (Norway) and Crete, and industrial) through the smart integration of waste management systems and local energy sources.

Jesper Naimi Funch Poulsen, Licensing Manager, Topsoe 

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Biogas, ammonia, methanol, syngas.

Joshua Riddett, Founder & MD, Easy Crypto Hunter

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Agricultural AD and rural resilience from powering the crypto revolution

15:15 – 15:30

Closing remarks from WBA Chief Executive Charlotte Morton


Day 2 close

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