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27/10/2009

BioEnergy Markets West Africa 27-29 October 2009, Accra, Ghana

 

The inaugural Bioenergy Markets West Africa conference and exhibition will bring together key players from the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) region with global industry experts. This event is a new edition to the Bioenergy Markets Series which is now in its 4th year and has been attended by over 6000 high calibre delegates to date.


Energy is essential to development and without energy countries cannot achieve the Millennium Development Goals. West Africa’s agricultural sector has strong potential for bioenergy production whilst maintaining food security in the region. Agriculture plays a central role in the region accounting on average for 30-40% of GDP and this resource base can be developed with strong policies and practices. According to the United Nations Foundation report ‘Sustainable Bioenergy Development in UEMOA Member Countries’ traditional wood biomass compromises 73% of primary energy in the region. Poor forestry practices must be reversed as they undermine sustainable forest management and reforestation programs. Waste streams and agricultural residues can add to these biomass resources. Locally grown bioenergy crops, sustainably produced, can also be transformed into modern fuels. With the correct policies and choices, the use of bioenergy can also reduce greenhouse gas emissions as energy consumption expands.


West Africa’s agriculture system combines subsistence farming – revolving around staple food crops of millet, sorghum, cassava and rice – with an export oriented sector that produces such crops as cotton, groundnuts, cocoa, coffee, palm, sugarcane and soy. Many countries in the region have recently established renewables & biofuels production policies and many are already working with investors establishing plantations to grow feedstocks. Advancements in bioenergy can help to reduce rising import bills through substitution of locally produced, biopower, biogas, bioethanol and biodiesel.

 

Confirmed speakers include:


Gordon Abiama, Program Coordinator, Earth Rights Institute, Nigeria
Ruud van Eck, Director, Diligent Energy Systems, The Netherlands
Giovanni Venturini Del Greco, Partner, Agroils & Chairman, Jatrophabook, Italy
Dr. Essel Ben Hagan, Director, Institute of Industrial Research (CSIR), Ghana
Hamata Ag Hautafaye, Chief Executive Officer, National Biofuel Development Agency (ANADEB), Ministry of Energy, Mali
Jack Holden, Executive Director, Gold Star Farms, Ghana
Dr. John Afari Idan, Chief Executive Officer, Biogas Technologies West Africa, Ghana
Kofi Marfu, Managing Director, Bio Diesel 1, Ghana
Dr. Felix Babatunde Obada, Group Managing Director & Chief Executive Officer, Global Biofuels, Nigeria
Augustine Acheampong Otoo, Director, Global & Regional Operations, Ghana Investments Promotion Centre (GIPC), Ghana
Ulrich B Riemann, Managing Director, Bionic Palm, Ghana
Dwight Rosslee, Manager, Biogas Power, South Africa
Meghan Sapp, Secretary General, Partners for Euro-African Green Energy (PANGEA), Belgium
Clifford Spencer, Head of Operations, G4 Group, UK
Thierno Bocar Tall, Head of African Biofuels and Renewable Energy Fund, ECOWAS Bank for Investment and Development, Togo
Roger N Yomba, President & Chief Executive Officer, Ax Energy, Cote d’Ivoire

 

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