With a packed two-day conference there were many highlights, but most notably from Celebrity Chef and global advocate for clean cooking José Andrés. José gave a rousing keynote speech noting that many high-end chefs like himself spend their careers feeding the privileged few, while he now wants to focus on feeding the impoverished many. José spoke passionately about the work that his NGO World Central Kitchen is doing in Haiti by converting the kitchens of schools from using biomass to using LPG for cooking. He spoke about how access to clean energy and cooking was changing the lives of students and families and guaranteeing a brighter future for Haiti. He noted that LPG was the catalyst behind this change. WLPGA President Kimball Chen and José Andrés signed an agreement whereby WLPGA and World Central Kitchen will work together to create Good Practices Guidelines for the conversion of institutional kitchens (schools, hospitals, orphanages, barracks, etc.) from biomass to LPG.
Other main sessions included an opening round table addressing the continued gap between global LPG supply and demand, and the much anticipated launch of the LPG Applications database (http://lpg-apps.org/). Further sessions focused on the fundamental changes the global LPG market is currently experiencing and how understanding these will be key to survival. Another panel focused on smart marketing and communications techniques, discussing the best methods to shift perception and usage of LPG.