SA biogas conference generates renewed interest

August 22nd, 2019, Published in Articles: Energize

The Southern African Biogas Industry Association (SABIA) hosted its fourth National Biogas Conference at the Agricultural Research Council (ARC) in Hatfield, Pretoria recently. Under the general theme of “Building a Market for Biogas”, the conference discussed green energy, market development, the environment and climate change, and drivers for innovation in the biogas industry, with particular focus on the current state of the biogas industry. The discussions renewed some enthusiasm for the potential of the biogas market.

The event was well attended by more than 100 delegates from 18 different countries on each of the three days. A combination of 22 local and international expert speakers covered the range of topics. The morning of the first day included speakers from the Agricultural Research Council, the South African Department of Mineral Resources and Energy, the World Biogas Association, and the United Nations Industrial Development Organisation.

Fig. 1: The panel at the fourth SABIA conference.

Other speakers represented the Department of Education and Labour and the Department of Science and Technology. These speakers, as well as those from various institutions of tertiary education, and local and international consultancies, produced enlightening points of view which created a platform for some very interesting discussions during the Q&A panel sessions, some of which carried over into session breaks.

The event consisted of two days of conference, while the third day was dedicated to training, a developers investment forum and a site visit to the Bronkhorstspruit biogas plant.

Fig. 2: The conference was well attended.

The Southern African Biogas Industry Association (SABIA) is a non-profit organisation with a mission to promote the benefits of biogas in South Africa. Being a relatively unknown industry, a big part of achieving this mission is the assisting with and sharing of information with biogas industry stakeholders, such as decision makers, developers, investors, financial institutions, researchers, government ministries, policy makers, legislators and other interested parties.

SABIA’s mission to have the biogas industry suitably recognised has come a long way but the growth of the industry can only be achieved with more support. The association invites interested parties to join its ranks.

Contact Alberto Borello, SABIA, secretary@sabia.org.za

 

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