UK Government urged to utilise anaerobic digestion opportunities to help climate

The UK Anaerobic Digestion and Bioresources Association (ADBA) is urging the government to maintain momentum on building a more sustainable circular economy. The plea follows new appointments to the cabinet by Prime Minister Boris Johnson, including Environment Secretary Theresa Villiers, and Business, Energy and Industrial Secretary Andrea Leadsom.

ABDA believes that the UK will not meet its net zero carbon obligations without support from the sector, which also offers opportunities to boost the UK economy. The World Biogas Association (WBA), of which ABDA is a founding member, recently published a report highlighting the crucial role that anaerobic digestion (AD) and biogas can play in decarbonising sectors such as energy, transport and agriculture.

AD technology can treat organic waste from various sources to produce biogas for electricity, heat and fuel. The UK AD industry has grown by more than 350% in the last 10 years and established itself as a world leader in biogas.

Charlotte Morton, chief executive of ABDA, said: “In a keynote speech prior to the launch of the WBA report, Niclas Svenningsen, of the UNFCCC Secretariat (UN Climate Change) highlighted the multiple wins that the AD and biogas industry offers to society, and called for biogas to be at the table when the future policies of governments are designed.”


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