ADBA calls on government to give anaerobic digestion sector a boost

The Anaerobic Digestion and Bioresources Association (ADBA) has told the government AD needs policy incentives across multiple government departments to operate effectively.

Writing to Chancellor Sajid Javid, the ADBA set out how while anaerobic digestion (AD) was predominantly known for its role in creating green energy, it was capable of preventing methane emissions form organic wastes and there remains a “huge untapped potential” for methane capture, use and conversion.

Noting AD can cut UK emissions by 5% across multiple sectors, the ADBA set out the industry’s views on policies necessary to enable the AD sector’s growth and realise its potential in tackling the hardest-to-decarbonise emissions. As well as calling for cross-departmental working – citing BEIS, the Treasury, DEFRA and Transport as particularly important – the ADBA called for support to implement separate food waste collections by 2023; a new funding system for biomethane plant deployment, similar to the Renewable Heat Incentive; and a new dedicated research and innovation infrastructure for the industry.

ADBA’s Chief Executive Charlotte Morton said: “As a result of enjoying consistent policy and funding support, the wind and solar industries have become extremely cost-effective and are now established as part of the renewable energy mix. AD should be given the same fair treatment, to put the sector on the ‘glide path’ to no subsidy, as costs come down and innovation drives cost savings across the industry.”