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European Biogas Conference 2022 review

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Over 350 delegates, including policymakers, academia, industry representatives and civil society organisations, enjoyed a two-day intensive programme addressing critical bottlenecks and opportunities for the sector at the European Biogas Conference at the end of October. The event was sold out for the second year in a row.
A key topic on the agenda was the sustainable achievement of the 35 bcm yearly biomethane production target by 2030. During his participation in one of the panels, the Head of Cabinet of the European Commission’s Executive Vice-President, Diederik Samsom, urged the industry to be  bolder and speak louder about the benefits, projects and investments of the sector because Europe needs more sustainable biomethane and larger scale projects by 2030.
The conference also tackled the national perspectives, showcasing subsidiarity, national specificities and diverse resources across Europe. The event further addressed the urgency to mobilise investments and streamline innovation to accelerate the expansion of the sector, providing higher energy independence and boosting the green transition. The applications of biomethane in the decarbonisation of transport, buildings, industry, as well as the support to the agroecological transition, were also discussed over the 10 sessions scheduled for this edition.
During the 1st day of the conference, Commissioner for Agriculture, Janusz Wojciechowski announced the technical launch of the Biomethane Industrial Partnership (BIP), the private-public partnership aimed at supporting the achievement of the target to increase annual production and use of biomethane to 35 billion cubic meters by 2030. Different representatives involved in the BIP explained the setup of the five Task Forces that will steer the work of this partnership in the coming months.
Finally, the EBA Awards 2022 announced during the gala dinner recognized outstanding individuals and projects for supporting the energy transition: Anaergia (Biogas Groundbreaker Award), Katrien Verwimp (Women Leading the way to Climate Neutrality Award) and SmallOps (Top Biogas Young Talent Award).
‘’The two-day conference was marked by an extraordinary level of  commitment from the biogas and biomethane value chain to achieve the REPowerEU target for biomethane (35 bcm a year by 2030) and to do so sustainably. Landing the right policy framework at EU level, remains paramount to support the growth of our sector. Achieving a market design fit for renewable gases, promoting tech-neutral framework to green transport,  closing the nutrient loop and fostering healthy soils, ensuring the roll out of biomethane capacity and untapping the potential of sustainable feedstock are necessary steps towards climate neutrality," said Giulia Cancian, EBA’s Secretary General.







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