3rd - 4th JULY 2019 | NEC, BIRMINGHAM, UK | Register now


The global thought-leadership forum on anaerobic digestion and biogas  

DAY 1 March 29

All timings BST

Doors open – 09:00

09:30 – 09:45

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

09:45 – 10:15

Mobilising Finance Behind Structural Change and the Role of Biogas in the Drive to Deliver the Global Methane Pledge

Keynote: Jennifer Sara, Global Director for Climate Change Global Practice, World Bank


An expert in infrastructure and sustainable development Jennifer Sara will consider how we should be putting our waste to work for green growth. 

10:30 – 11:00

The Benefits of Real-Time Monitoring and Data Visualization in Biogas Operations

Keynotes: Amir Akbari, CEO, anessa and Ricky Maylin, Co-Director, ONM Energy

Giulia Ceccarelli, Public Affairs Lead, WBA (Chair)


Experts in plant optimisation and operational improvement Amir and Ricky will share their insights into how to make AD plants ‘sing’.

11:15 – 12:15

Big Oil and Biogas


The oil majors see biogas as integral to their becoming integrated energy providers and are engaged in massive mergers and acquisitions to get a foothold in the sector. This Q&A conducted by WBA (World Biogas Association) Chief Executive Charlotte Morton will delve into their respective roadmaps to 2050.

Charlotte Morton OBE, Chief Executive, WBA (Chair)

Amy Wong, Head of EMEA Energy Research, Credit Suisse

12:15 – 13:15

Lunch Break

13:15 – 14:15

Mobilising AD and Biogas to Deliver the Net Zero Transition


This expert panel considers what is required to accelerate biogas production globally, addressing the issues of policy, regulation and build standards. 

David Newman, Chair, European Bioeconomy Bureau (Chair)

Maureen Walsh, Director of Federal Policy, American Biogas Council

Dr Gerard J. Ostheimer, Global Lead for Sustainable Bioenergy, BioFuture Campaign – The Biofuture Campaign – Accelerating uptake of Bio-based Fuels, Chemicals, and Materials


The Clean Energy Ministerial is a high-level international process that enables government collaboration to accelerate the clean energy transition. The Biofuture Campaign is focused on de-risking biomass feedstocks by showing governments how to bring more sustainable biomass to market and by increasing confidence in sustainability governance

Kunal Shah, Chief Growth Officer (CGO) & Managing Director, Asia, Anaergia – Accelerating Biomethane Production at Scale Globally


Kunal Shah will draw on Anaergia’s experience of developing biogas globally and share insight into some of the challenges experienced and the techniques used to overcome them. 

Nikhil Moghe, Partner, KPMG – The Emerging Biogas Space in India


Nikhil Moghe will give an overview of the potential, ambition and what is required to allow rapid delivery of biogas development

14:30 – 15:15

Driving the Transport & Industrial Decarbonisation Revolution


Biomethane/renewable natural gas (RNG) as a transportation fuel and industrial energy source offers an economically viable, available for immediate deployment, and scalable solution for decades to come. Hear from Hexagon Agility’s experts on driving energy transformation with CNG and LNG natural gas fuel systems for commercial vehicles and Mobile Pipeline® X-STORE® lightweight high-capacity gas distribution modules.

Wasundara Doradeniya, WBA Analyst (Chair)

Filippo Munna, Director of Mobile Pipeline EMEAA, Hexagon Agility and Milosz Szymaniak, Sr. Business Development Manager of Commercial Vehicles, Hexagon Agility

15:30 – 16:30

Biogas and Regenerative Systems from Farm to Food Waste


Food systems are linked to many global challenges and are the world’s second-largest emitter of greenhouse gas emissions after the energy sector.  With the potential to contribute up to 37% of the climate mitigation needed to reach 2030 climate goals (World Economic Forum), biogas has a key role to play. This expert panel will present scalable models from farm to fork.

Amaya Arias Garcia, Innovation and Renewable Gas, Nortegas/ WBA R&D Working Group (Chair)

Dr Oscar Schoumans, Senior Scientist, Wageningen University & Research – Enhancing Bio-Fertilisers to Meet Local Need

Laurence Molke, CEO, Cycle0 – Capturing Methane Emissions from Agri-Food Waste Feedstock through Decentralised Biomethane Production

Erik Pras, Global Director Marketing & Sales, Biotec – Biogas: the Added Value of Bioplastic in Packaging and Waste Management

16:45 – 17:30

Biomethane – the Foundation Stone of Tomorrow’s Green Gases


AD (Anaerobic Digestion) and biogas are increasingly viewed as the key to decarbonising a raft of industrial processes, either acting as baseload to a hydrogen future or delivering platform chemicals for bio-refining and future fuels. This panel considers some of the pathways for biomethane out to 2030 and beyond.

Nick Primmer, Policy Advisor, Future Biogas (Chair)

Dr Keith Simons, Chair of Policy & Innovation Technical Ctte / Head of R&D Sustainable Fuels, SHV Energy / WBA

Cinch Munson, VP Commercial Development, Oberon Fuels – Biogas Pathway to rDME

Pierre Emmanuel Pardo, Innovation Manager, SUEZ – Biogas, the Renewable Carbon of Tomorrow

Sophia Haywood, Head of Advocacy & Communications, Dimeta


Day 1 close

*Schedule subject to change 

DAY 2 March 30

All timings BST

Doors open – 09:00

10:00 – 10:05

Welcome to Day 2

Charlotte Morton OBE, Chief Executive, World Biogas Association

10:05 – 10:35

Biogas and Biomethane in Ukraine – Experience, Technologies, Difficulties and Prospects

Keynote: Hennadiy Zhuk, Professor / Director, Gas Institute NAS of Ukraine


The potential of biogas upgraded to biomethane and role in the post-war regeneration

10:45 – 11:15

Outlook for Biomethane

Keynote: Tim Gould, Chief Energy Economist, International Energy Agency (IEA)

Moderated by
Chris HuhneChairman, Anaerobic Digestion and Bioresources Association

11:30 – 12:00

Raising Debt and Equity for Biogas Projects

Keynote: Michael Ware, Green Giraffe

Moderated by
Chris HuhneChairman, Anaerobic Digestion and Bioresources Association


Michael will share his insights into project finance as a world expert on raising debt for biogas projects, having raised over 1 billion to date

12:15 – 13:00

Women in Biogas and the Diversity Dividend


Research tells us that more diverse teams make better decisions and also greater returns on investment. This expert panel will exemplify how women in biogas are making a meaningful impact on the global industry.

Leanne Williams, Lead Analyst, WBA (Chair) – Introduction to the Women in Biogas Working Group

Leidiane Ferronato Mariani, Founding partner and Executive Director of the company Amplum Biogás and Co-Founder and Partnerships Coordinator of the Women in Biogas Network – Brazil (Rede Mulheres do Biogás – Brasil) – Network incubated by Instituto 17 – The Women of Biogas Network in Brazil: Connecting and Empowering Women in the Biogas Sector for Gender Equality

Judith Marera, Founder and CEO, Lanforce Energy

13:00 – 14:00

Lunch Break

14:00 – 15:30

Brazil, India and Indonesia – the World’s Largest Emerging Markets with Ambitious Biomethane Targets


This panel considers the potential, ambition and what is required to enable delivery in the world’s largest emerging markets, presenting compelling opportunities for investors, developers and technology suppliers. 

Charlotte Morton OBE, Chief Executive, WBA (Chair)

Gabriel Kropsch, VP, ABiogas

André Alves da Silva, Operations And Business Development, Cocal

Maurício Carvalho, Founding Partner, Gas Verde

Shantanu Gupta, Executive Director (Alternate Energy & Sustainable Development), Indian Oil Corporation Ltd

K R Raghunath, Founder & CEO, KIS Group – The Energy Transition with Biomethane – Unilever, a Case Study of Asia‘s Largest Decarbonisation & Energy Transition Project


Day 2 close

*Schedule subject to change 
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