EU funded Project FABbiogas’ Final Conference successfully took place in Brussels

With around 90 registered participants, this very well-attended event gathered international professionals at the Royal Flemish Academy of Belgium for Science and the Arts.

Delegates from 15 countries were welcomed by Mr Arthur Wellinger, Honorary Member and former President of EBA, to the Conference that was opened by Mr Pau Rey-Garcia, from the Executive Agency for Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (EASME). The event counted with a line-up of high-level speakers, continued with interventions by Emilio Font de Mora, from Innovations and Networks Executive Agency (INEA) and Bernd Küpker, policy officer at DG Energy.

The first session, moderated by Mr Wellinger, focused on European and national situations was then closed by presentations from the Project’s partners on the FABbiogas target countries: Austria, Czech Republic, France, Germany, Italy and Poland. These country analyses were followed by a standing lunch break at the Atrium of the Palace of the Academies.

Moderated by Mr Günther Bochmann (IFA Tulln), the second session presented technical achievements with the contributions of Mr Wellinger and Mr Gunther Pesta, from Atres. The latter served as well as a moderator for the final session, where the participants could learn about best practice examples that included the digestion of brewery residues by Mr Thomas Meier (BDI) and a presentation on anaerobic technologies for dairy resource recovery projects by Mr Erik Draber (Veolia).

FAbbiogas Project partner Mr Wolfgang Gabauer then drafted the Conference’s conclusions, closing the event with remarks on the great potential of certain food and beverage industries for biogas production.

All information on this event, including the speakers’ presentations, report and a selection of pictures can be found here.