7th Gasnam Conference in Madrid, 10 and 11 April 2019
Genia Global Energy, as a participating company, had a stand where we presented our solutions for the generation of biogas and biomethane with upgrading technologies for use as fuel.
The Gasnam conference was presented as the great promoter of sustainable land and sea transport. The conference addressed aspects such as strategies to position natural gas as a sustainable alternative for transport, the achievements thus far, or the vision of different autonomous regions. It also presented success stories from other countries, all from the perspective of energy companies, distributors, vehicle manufacturers, transport companies and mobility managers.
Furthermore, as the Spanish representative of the World Biogas Association, we were fortunate to have the participation of the president of the WBA, David Newman, who gave a presentation on April 11 at 10:15 titled, “The global biomethane opportunity. How to promote its use in Spain.” Genia Global Energy actively participates in Gasnam, an association that promotes the use of natural and renewable gas as a sustainable fuel in sea and land mobility in Spain and Portugal, with more than 130 partners from sectors such as the energy, automotive, engineering , transportation sectors, as well as universities and the public administration. See the event website: Gasnam Conference VII Gasnam Conference, April 10/11, 2019-03-22 Stand 23 La Nave. Calle Cifuentes, 5 – 28021 Madrid
David Newman “The global biomethane opportunity. How to promote its use in Spain.”
In his speech at the 7th GASNAM Conference, the president of the World Biogas Association denounced countries’ limited achievements towards the objectives of the Paris Agreement, using Morocco and Gambia as the only countries that fulfil the commitments and stating that between 30,000 and 40,000 million dollars are required to achieve those objectives.
Meanwhile, subsidies for fossil fuels continue to grow and account for close to 400,000 million euros worldwide (more than the total global investment in renewables) according to the OECD, and they account for close to 5,300 million € in Spain alone. If renewable energies received 2 billion dollars in subsidies in the G7 countries (France, Italy, Germany, Canada, United Kingdom, Japan and USA) and Australia, these same countries dedicated 80,000 million dollars in subsidies to fossil fuels. Newman denounced that this behaviour contributes to increasing pollution and the negative effects of climate change, but it also generates inequality, since the incentives end up in the pockets of the fossil fuel owners. It delays economic growth and discourages investments in renewables and facilitates energy inefficiency, in addition to hoarding resources that could be used for basic needs such as education or health. Faced with fossil fuels, David Newman defended the usefulness of anaerobic digestion, which in addition to producing biogas, which is sustainable energy, and helping to reduce emissions can contribute to solving other problems associated with pollution such as the management of organic urban waste, waste from agriculture and livestock, sewage sludge or waste from the food industry generating, in addition to energy, high quality organic fertilizer that restores fertility to the soil.