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First trade show on ADBA a success

02 August 2010

The two-day UK AD & Biogas 2010 at the NEC in Birmingham was said to be the first ever trade show in the UK focusing solely on anaerobic digestion and biogas

Some exhibitions are vast, sprawling affairs with seductive special effects and other eye-catching but essentially superficial elements. These exhibitions impress us because of their size and the fanfare in which they're presented. But not all these showpieces are successful, despite the accompanying glitz and glam.

Other exhibitions are smaller, intense, almost intimate affairs which don't rely on sheer size to wow their potential audience. They don't need the showbiz factor to draw delegates. There's a certain unshakeable self-confidence about these latter trade shows. You just know valuable business is being done; contacts are being made and solidified; something important is in the offing.

The Anaerobic Digestion and Biogas Association (ADBA) trade show at the NEC in July fell into the latter group. The two-day event offered a packed programme of free seminars and workshops, case studies and a high-profile, two-day conference: 'The Future of the AD Industry in the UK'.

Waste management and its associated sustainability tag is a concept whose time has come. This was confirmed by the new Coalition Government committing to a 'huge increase in energy from waste through anaerobic digestion' in the Coalition Agreement.

A prominent dignitary doing the rounds at the event was Lord Redesdale, ADBA's chairman. ''Without AD,'' he said, ''the Government will fail to meet its waste directive, renewable energy and climate change targets.''

Biogas will be important to the UK because by 2015 it is projected that we will be importing over 80% of our gas. It is vital for the UK's energy security that as much imported gas as possible is replaced by biogas generated here.

AD provides the UK with the unique opportunity to create its own green gas supply, also helping to meet its renewable energy targets, reducing carbon emissions and creating new job opportunities. ADBA has calculated that up to 20% of Britain's domestic gas could come from biogas produced through AD.

With all this in mind, UK AD & Biogas 2010 is set to provide a platform for everyone interested in learning more about AD and biogas, as well as professionals involved in the waste, renewable energy, water and farming industries.

Alongside the exhibition ADBA hosts a high-profile conference, 'The Future of the AD Industry in the UK'. This two day conference will include many expert speakers discussing the future direction the AD industry is and should be heading towards.

Issues ranging from feedstocks, the best use of biogas, gas to grid injection, biofuels, finance and many more will be discussed by speakers ranging from Government ministers, Lord Oxburgh, British Gas, WRAP, Severn Trent Water, Ofgem, Lloyds Banking Group to Sita, the EA and The Cooperative Bank.

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For further information please email The Anaerobic Digestion and Biogas Association (ADBA)

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