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Increasing on-farm AD uptake

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What are the barriers to on-farm anaerobic digestion and how can they be resolved?

Why is the uptake of anaerobic digestion (AD) on UK farms so low? What are the barriers to adoption and what can be done to reduce or remove them? These are the questions that have driven recent research by Associate Professor Dr Hafez Abdo, Nottingham University Business School at the University of Nottingham and Professor Robert Ackrill, Nottingham Business School at Nottingham Trent University.

As the UK tightens its emissions reduction target for 2035, on its way to achieving net zero by 2050, efforts have to be made wherever the opportunities exist to contribute to this transition. We cannot rely on wind, solar and electric cars to get us there.

At the same time, the UK is redesigning its agricultural policy, post-Brexit, motivated by the slogan ‘public money for public goods’. These public goods, identified by the government, include water quality, thriving wildlife and ecosystem services while helping farmers to reduce costs.

This is what makes on-farm AD so interesting and exhibit such potential. It is...

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