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DiBiCoo Final Conference – Biogas for Future

What is the current and future role and potential of biogas globally?
The DiBiCoo Final Conference approaches the answer to this question from different perspectives. As a platform for discussion, the conference will explore the huge potential of the biogas sector in contributing to climate change mitigation.

Date: 21 June 2022, 12 pm to 4 pm CEST

This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement N° 857804. The sole responsibility for the content of this workshop and its outputs lies with the authors. It does not necessarily reflect the opinion of the EU.

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Keynote

What role is biogas playing within the sector worldwide now and in the future?

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Panel Discussion

BIOGAS FOR FUTURE: Energy Security, a Circular Economy and Climate Change Mitigation – What role can biogas play to achieve said goals in the future?

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The 3-year journey of DiBiCoo

The 3-year journey of DiBiCoo: project achievements, lessons learned, and a deep dive into policy and financing frameworks worldwide

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Networking Opportunity

Access the networking lounge during the breaks and post event.

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Some good reasons to join us:

Climate change, energy crisis, waste management and mineral fertilizer shortage: Biogas is considered a multi-talent and opportunity to tackle many global challenges that countries all over the world are facing. A panel of biogas experts from Europe and emerging markets in Argentina, Africa and Indonesia will discuss on the potential of biogas and its role to address said challenges now and in the future. They will shed light on:

How can biogas contribute to the aims of achieving energy security and of becoming independent from fossil energy?

How can biogas production contribute to a circular economy?

What role can biogas production play to substitute mineral fertilizers?

How can biogas contribute to greenhouse gas (GHG) reduction?

Sustainable transportation and compressed natural gas (CNG): biomethane as transport fuel

ABOUT DIBICOO

The Digital Global Biogas Cooperation (DiBiCoo) project is part of the EU’s Horizon 2020 Societal Challenge ‘Secure, clean and efficient energy’, and is implemented by a consortium of 13 organizations from eight countries. The overall objective of the project is to prepare markets in Argentina, Ethiopia, Ghana, Indonesia, and South Africa for the uptake of sustainable biogas and gasification technologies from Europe. DiBiCoo aims to mutually benefit importing and exporting countries through facilitating dialogue between European biogas industries and biogas stakeholders or developers from emerging and developing markets. We will present three years of international collaboration:

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The Biogas and Gasification Matchmaking Platform, a cost-free and digital business-to-business platform enabling global networking within the sector

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The Demo Case Market Uptake Programme – lessons learnt from setting up new biogas projects in emerging markets
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A capacity development programme for improved networking, information sharing, and technical/financial competences

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Deep dive: financial and political frameworks for the biogas sectors in the EU and emerging markets

Who will be there?

High-level biogas experts discussing the future role of biogas

Representatives from RE associations, trade chambers and other key areas working on the advancement of the biogas sector

Biogas industry representatives, technology providers and manufacturers

Policy makers and authorities from the EU and emerging countries

Stakeholders from food- and agro-industries and biogas project developers from Argentina, Ethiopia, Ghana, Indonesia, South Africa, and Europe

SPEAKERS

Peter Zeniewski

Peter Zeniewski

Lead Gas Analysist in the World Energy Outlook team of the International Energy Agency (IEA)

Peter Zeniewski is Lead Gas Analyst in the World Energy Outlook team. He was a lead author of the India Energy Outlook; the Role of Gas in Today’s Energy Transitions; the Outlook for Biogas and Biomethane; and a principal author of Financing Clean Energy Transitions in Emerging and Developing Economies. Prior to joining the IEA, Peter was a Chancellor’s Fellow at the University of Edinburgh and held positions at the European Commission and Wood Mackenzie. He holds a PhD in International Relations from the University of Oxford.

Harmen Dekker

Harmen Dekker

Director of the European Biogas Association (EBA)

Harmen Dekker has worked for almost 15 years within the sustainability sector and is devoted to the mitigation of climate change. He has built his career in the water and gas sector, where he has held different management positions. He joined the EBA after 5 years of service at DMT Environmental Technology. As manager for business development, he worked on the expansion of the biogas sector in new geographic regions. During those years, he also focused on the implementation of new techniques for valorizing biogas, such as bio-LNG. These responsibilities included the analysis of future opportunities to produce bio-Methanol and bioplastics. He has its background in chemistry and business administration.

Sandra Esteves

Sandra Esteves

Professor in Bioprocess Technology for Resource Recovery (Energy and Materials) at the University of South Wales

Sandra Esteves is the Director for Wales Centre of Excellence for Anaerobic Digestion and has over 20 years’ experience in biotechnology research, development and full-scale deployment of anaerobic processes. Sandra earned a first class BSc (Hons) degree in Energy & Environmental Technology from the University of Glamorgan (now University of South Wales). Sandra read her PhD from the University of Glamorgan on the control of biotechnology processes using artificial intelligence techniques. She has directed and co-investigated ~£12M of R&D projects. Her research has been funded by the EU, Innovate UK, BEIS and Research Councils as well as through private sector funding. Sandra is a member of the European Biogas Association’ Scientific Advisory Council, Member of the International Advisory Group for the Swedish Biogas Research Centre & supports AD deployment internationally.

Jaya Wahono

Jaya Wahono

Founder and CEO of Clean Power Indonesia (CPI)

Jaya Wahono has Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Bandung Insitute of Technology and Master of Science in Engineering Economic Studies from George Washington University, Washington DC, USA. His company Clean Power Indonesia specializes in the development of community based biomass distributed power for rural areas. Jaya has been promoting 100% renewable energy target by 2030 in small islands all over Indonesia in order to bring affordable, sustainable, reliable and equitable electricity to its population. This effort is now being expanded to Powering the Archipelago program with ITB SDG Center to bring reliable electricity to 20,000 villages all over Indonesia.

Eugéne van Rensburg

Eugéne van Rensburg

Associate Professor at Dept. of Process Engineering at Stellenbosch University

Prof Eugéne van Rensburg is an industrial microbiologist who holds a PhD in Microbiology from the University of the Free State and an MBA from Stellenbosch University. He actively participated in the development of various bioprocesses, including renewable energy-related projects for the past 15 years. He heads up the anaerobic digestion and ethanol fermentation groups in the greater Bioresource Engineering Group at the Dept. of Process Engineering, Stellenbosch University. His main research interests include (i) bioprocess development with emphasis on anaerobic digestion and monoculture fermentation systems (submerged and solid state), and associated up- and downstream processing, (ii) biomass processing and extraction of valuable products, including protein, and (iii) valorisation of agricultural, bioprocessing and industrial wastes. He seeks to integrate these foci in a multidisciplinary approach, including an assessment of business cases, where bio-based technologies can be applied to address the Food-Energy-Water Nexus triple challenge within the context of sustainable development in rural Africa.

Arthur Wellinger

Arthur Wellinger

Managing Director of Triple E&M

Arthur Wellinger is working with Triple E&M as Managing Director, a research and consulting company in Switzerland participating in projects of Horizon and of the Swiss government. Triple E&M is also covering technical projects for international private industries in the field of biogas. They do have long year mandates of IEA Bioenergy (Communication, Task Leader and Technical Coordinator). Arthur Wellinger is President of various associations in the field of biomass (EBA, Biomasse Suisse, Inspectorate and R2Gas covering research and advice in renewable gas).