David Newman presidente World Biogas Association

David Newman presidente World Biogas Association


okay Biogas is pretty unique as an
industry because it does two things firstly it treats lots of waste sewage
food waste animal waste farm waste and it makes a product out of it
no other industry does that and certainly the gas in the oil industries
do not do that so on the one hand biogas gives you the solutions to treating a
lot of waste and you know they on the other hand it is producing energy which
is renewable and which is clean that’s why we need to support it. If you go on the world biogas associations website you will see how the reports we
have issued on biogas and the role of biogas and sustainable development the
role of biogas and climate change and you will see that biogas plays an
extraordinarily large has an extrordinary large potential in of
reducing those emissions we estimate that were we to treat all the biogenic
and biodegradable waste we have around the world and make biogas out of it,
we could reduce global greenhouse gas emissions by somewhere in the region of
10 to 15 percent now I don’t know many other industries that can say they can
do that and this is why we need to support the biogas industry on a large
scale here in Spain as well the measures are are multiple firstly we live in a
society where we don’t understand but I understand and I’m telling you that we
financed our petrol and our gas industries
on average five times more than we subsidize renewable energy Spain in
particular but most European countries give huge subsidies to their gas and
their petrol industries were we to simply change some of those subsidies
around and give more of those subsidies to renewable energies including biogas
but also wind and solar we would drastically reduce our greenhouse gas
emissions and drastically reduce the pollution which we get from oil and gas
at the moment and stimulate these industries but it’s not just about money
it’s also about connectivity it’s about being able to connect so the grid it’s
at being about is also about selling the electricity and being able to do that
it’s about having the right standards and it’s about having the right scale
Spain like many other European countries is financing its oil and gas industries
and is denying finance to the renewable industries on the scale that renewable
industries need it’s time to end the subsidies for fossil fuel industries
it’s time to put the subsidies into renewable and
China has nearly 20 25 million small-scale biogas installations and
these are installations which are at a community level or small farm level
serving maybe ten or fifty or a hundred people and and all over the developing
world there are these small-scale biogas units we find them in Africa we find
them in Southeast Asia and slowly but surely we find them in Latin America as
well having said this where you have big urban centers with lots of population
you have to have big scale plants to treat all that waste
you can’t treat the waste of a million or two million people on a small scale
you need industrial size plants to do that some of the biggest industrial size
plants at the moment for example outside Milan are treating more than half a
million tons of food waste in just one plant each year that gives you the size
of the scale of the future the technology is a universal technology
which can be applied in any country around the world and especially in Spain
Spain has a fantastic rich agricultural sector and a lot of agricultural wastes
you have a population everybody produces food waste
everybody produces sewage and at the moment you are really not treating any
of this material through anaerobic digestion to produce biogas I think that
Spain actually in Europe is one of the countries where this industry will grow
most quickly in the next few years you know it’s it’s it’s normal that when you
have new technologies available that people don’t know them and people have
some doubts about them but biogas people forget that the assyrians four thousand
years ago had the first biogas plants and the Chinese 2,000 years ago were
using biogas to heat their homes and to do their cooking so this is a technology
which is in essence extraordinarily simple and has been around for a long
time you can visit biogas installations all over Europe but Germany has more
than 10,000 Italy has more than several thousand Great Britain has a thousand
and these are plants which are operating on a daily basis treating waste and
producing energy from them these are technologies which are now mature they
are at very large scale and also in small scale and our association together
with Genia Global Energy will be very happy to organise
trips to go and see some of these plants functioning and to assure you that this
is technology which can be trusted you know when
when governments try to take lead out of petrol you’re too young to remember many
of your viewers will be too young to remember that there was lead in petrol
and when I was a young man we campaigned against that
and the petrol industry said that if you take lead out of petrol the world will
come to an end the asbestos industry said if you stop
using asbestos all the buildings will catch fire the cigarette industry said
tobacco doesn’t cause cancer we can go on and on and on…
progress is about changing things continuously and a Biogas industry is
one of those disruptive industries which forces changes. Not just to the way which
you produce your energy but to the way in which you treat millions and millions
of tons of waste. And people sometimes have difficulty understanding that all
disruption is difficult to understand at some stage

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