The World Biogas Association’s 1st International Biogas Conference takes place in Athens, Greece on Friday, 3rd May and Saturday, 4th May, 2019. The conference location is the Eugenides Foundation next to the Athens Marriot Hotel (the appointed conference hotel). The Welcome Reception will also take place at the Eugenides Foundation, whilst the President’s Dinner (by invitation only) will take place in an exquisite location nearby.

The conference hosts welcome you to Athens and offer the possibility of visiting the sites of the historic city for those accompanying guests who will not be attending the workings of the meeting itself. Further, city tours for Sunday, 5th May are organised for those who stay over.

The conference is organised into four sessions over two days with speakers from around the world. Whilst the central topic of the meeting is the development of the biogas industry, speakers will also look at wider issues around climate change, sustainable development, waste management, research and innovation- as well as the specifics of operational issues for biogas operators.


09.15-09.45David Newman, President WBA, Welcome & Introduction to the Conference

Keynote addresses

09.45-10.15Dr Janez Potocnik, Co Chair of the International Resource Panel at UNEP, was Commissioner of the European Commission for Science and Research from 2004 to 2010 and for the Environment from 2010 to 2014.
10.15-10.45Myrsini Christou, Director of the Centre for Renewable Energy Sources and Saving at the Ministry of Climate Change and Environment, Biomass in Greece
10.45-11.15Coffee break, networking and exhibition
11.15-11.35Professor Maria Loizidou, Technical University of Athens, is a leading research scientist into waste management, materials use and recovery and has participated in the planning of waste management systems in Greece and elsewhere.
11.35-12.05Dr Dominic Hogg, founder and Chairman of the British environmental consultancy Eunomia will talk to us about the revised Emissions Trading System and how carbon pricing will impact resource use in the EU.
12.05-12.25David Newman, President of the World Biogas Association, former President of the International Solid Waste Association 2012-2016 and has been working in food waste recovery since 1998, Biogas, climate change, sustainable development
12.25-13.00Questions and Answers with the morning speakers
13.00-14.00Lunch break, networking and exhibition

Session #1 | Experiences on Food Waste Management

14.00-14.20Petter Nergård Christiansen and Marit Soleim of the city of Oslo, Norway present their programmes for food waste collection and biogas production
14.20-14.40Dr Alberto Confalonieri, CIC, will present the success of food waste collections and biogas production in the City of Milan, Italy
14.40-15.00George Broulias, Vice – Mayor of the City of Athens for Waste Management, or a delegate representative of his team will highlight challenges and opportunities of waste management around the municipality of Athens.
15.00-15.20Thomas Alexandropoulos , Directorate General of Veterinary Services, Ministry of Rural Development and Food will illustrate the framework legislation in Greece for the collection and treatment of Animal By- Products.
15.20-15.45Questions and Answers with the afternoon session speakers
15.45-16.15Coffee break, networking and exhibition

Session #2 |Experiences from low to middle income countries

This session will look at how low to middle incomes countries are affronting the various challenges they face around energy independence, the management of biodegradable wastes, waste water treatment, and the financing of installations to handle the transformation to a low carbon economy
16.15-16.35Chris Maloney, Eisenmann Corporation “The New Biogas Paradigm in China”
16.35-16.55Dr Mike Mason, Tropical Power will illustrate how Tropical Power in Kenya has been established
16.55-17.15Alex Marshall, Clarke Energy will look at the utilisation of biogas engines in Africa and India
17.15-17.35Sylvain Donnaz, SUEZ France will give case studies on multi purpose biogas re-use in various installations across the world.
17.35-18.00Questions and Answers with the speakers from the Session #2
20.00 -22.00WBA President’s Dinner (*Upon Invitation Only Event)


Session #3 | Operating Issues

This session will include speakers from companies that design, build and operate biogas plants and offers an exciting series of insights into the challenges the have faced and the opportunities they have found. We will welcome
09.00-09.20Hanna Richter, Erich Stallkamp ESTA GmbH “Inspiring projects arise from reliable products”
09.20-09.40Dr.-Ing. A.Yfantis, SYCHEM, Innovative and cost efficient Digestate treatment for the production of solid fertilizer and irrigation water reuse
09.40-10.00Xanthi Maria Sousoni , Chief of Operations KAFSIS, will illustrate ZERO WASTE Programme implemented by KAFSIS in order to treat animal by-products and food waste in the first Biogas Plant built in prefecture of Peloponnese in Greece.
10.00-10.20Thomas Minter, UK operator Malaby will talk about taking a plant from a concept to an industrial reality : Crossing the Valley of Death – Bridging the TRL Gap between Research, Innovation & Commercial Application.
10.20-10.40Questions and Answers with the morning speakers
10.40-11.20Coffee break, networking and exhibition
11.20-11.40Wilbert Smeets, Technical Director of SESA Italy will illustrate how SESA operated one of the world’s largest plants with over 530,000 tonnes of food and green waste digested and composted in 2018.
11.40—12.00Harmen Dekker, DMT the Netherlands will illustrate his company’s activities specializing in waste water treatment (sludge reduction with increase of biogas production) and the desulphurization and contaminant removal from biogas.
12.00-12.20Michael Niederbacher, CEO BTS Biogas – Italian company with over 200 plants already operational worldwide – will illustrate the most advanced pre&post treatment technologies for the highest performance in anaerobic digestion with complex substrates.
12.20-12.40Vladimir Oprescu, AB Energy– The company is based in Italy, with international operations. It carries out industrial processes through all stages of construction at the cogeneration plant: consulting, design, production, installation, commissioning and service.
12.40-13.00Konstantinos Nikakis, Tetoros Machinery S.A a Greek Company with 18 biogas plants and upgrades in Greece, in association with Weltec Biopower GmbH which has over 300 plants in more than 25 countries, will discuss about the Greek Experience in the biogas field»
13.00-13.20Sebigas- TBD
13.20-13.40Questions and Answers with speakers from the second morning session
13.40-14.40Lunch break, networking and exhibition

Session #4 | Research and Innovation- the new frontiers for biogas

14.40-15.10Professor Maria Lozidou, National Technical University of Athens will illustrate the research projects in which the NTUA in involved
15.10-15.40Professor Mike Mason – University of Oxford, UK and Tropical Power Kenya “Anaerobic Hydrolysis and conversion of plants to platform chemicals”
15.40-16.10Dr. Francesco Valentino- University La Sapienza of Rome presents two European Research Projects, Res Urbis and Smart Plant
16.10-16.40Dr Fabiana Fantinel- Switzerland shows how a by-product from biogas such as CO2 can be converted into valuable new materials such as biodegradable bioplastics
16.40-17.00Questions and Answers to speakers of the afternoon session
17.00-17.15Closing Remarks
17.30-19.30Farewell Cocktail Reception @ the Exhibition Area


09.30-13.30Optional Site Visit to Biogas Plant near Athens
09.30-13.30Optional Tours (Daily Cruise or Acropolis & the New Acropolis Museum)

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