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ADBA urges UK ministers to give new regulator “real teeth” following Queen’s Speech pledge

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The UK Anaerobic Digestion and Bioresources Association (ADBA) has welcomed the environmental pledges outlined in the Queen’s Speech to “enshrine environmental principles into law to protect and improve the environment for future generations”.

The Queen announced the proposed creation of the Office for Environmental Protection to provide independent scrutiny and advice and to hold the UK Government to account on the progress and implementation of environmental policy.

In her speech, the Queen stated there were measures set to be introduced, including improving air and water quality, dealing with plastic pollution and restoring habitats for plants and wildlife. The measures to be embedded in a yet-to-be-published Environmental Bill featured in a draft Environment (Principles and Governance) Bill, according to ADBA. They focus on better use and recycling of waste, an area where the anaerobic digestion (AD) industry can play a crucial role.

“We welcome the proposals outlined in the Queen’s Speech for new legislation implementing legally binding environmental targets, and a new regulator to police and enforce them,” said Charlotte Morton, chief executive of ADBA. “We would encourage ministers to give this regulator real teeth to ensure we meet our net zero 2050 commitments, and ensure that anaerobic digestion and its products are recognised as a critical part of this – it alone can reduce the UK’s total emissions by 5% and is a technology which is here today.”