World Biogas eFestival saves carbon equivalent of planting 6,500+ trees

The first World Biogas eFestival saved the carbon equivalent of planting more than 6,500 trees.

The event, which went online due to the COVID-19 pandemic, was a “great success”, according to the World Biogas Association (WBA), with more than 300 participants joining the four-day event from 48 countries around the globe.

An estimated carbon footprint of 402 tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent, which would have been generated if the physical event had been held, was saved by moving online. This is equivalent to planting 6,650 trees, saving emissions from using 930 barrels of oil or removing the annual emissions of 180 cars.

Delegates attended the virtual biogas event from all world continents (aside from Antarctica), to hear representatives from United Nations bodies, the World Bank, US Congress, the International Energy Agency and industry leaders. WBA president David Newman said: “We were delighted with the success of the first World Biogas eFestival.

“The number and calibre of the people from all over the world who engaged in the discussions demonstrates the appetite there is for biogas to play its part not only in ensuring a green recovery from the global recession caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, but also in securing the long-term response to the climate emergency.

“The content and expertise we gathered last week will be invaluable as we set the path towards realising our industry’s full potential. Moreover, the carbon footprint reduction we gained from hosting this event online showed that it is possible to host truly international events while protecting the environment – something that we can be very proud of.”

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